How To Change your Cars Oil

Leave the oil in your engine longer than you should and your machine will go into self-destruct mode. Motor oil does more than lubricate: it carries heat away from the engine; seals gaps in piston rings and valves; and removes sludge, gum and carbon particles from the engine. But oil has a limited life and to make sure it keeps doing its job, you need to change it at the recommended manufacturer intervals. Here’s how you can do it yourself in ten easy steps.

1. Buy the oil filter and the amount of oil grade listed in your car owner’s manual or ask your auto parts store salesperson for this information.

2. Park your car in a level and safe surface. Idle the engine for about three minutes to warm it up, and then turn off the engine.

3. If the space underneath the front of your car is too narrow, lift your car using a car jack and support it safely on jack stands.

4. Open the hood and remove the oil filler cap from the valve cover on top of the engine. This will help the oil and sludge flow out more easily.

5. Put on a pair of latex gloves, crawl underneath your car and place a catch pan under the motor oil pan.

6. Remove the drain plug form the bottom of the oil pan using a wrench and let the oil drain completely- be very careful as the oil might be hot. Then replace the plug on the oil pan using your hand and tight the plug with the wrench just enough to prevent a leak.

7. Locate the oil filter and place the catch pan underneath. Remove the filter using a filter wrench and let the oil drain completely.

8. Using your fingers, apply a thin layer of new oil to the rubber ring of the new filter. Install and hand tight the new filter in place.

9. Lower the car and add the new oil through the filler hole on the valve cover using a funnel if necessary. Then replace the oil filler cap.

10. Start the engine and let the engine idle for a couple of minutes while checking for leaks at the oil pan drain plug and oil filter.

You are done. You just saved yourself some money by changing the oil yourself and helped your engine minimize internal wear and tear, which will help it run for many more miles.

Just remember, the protective properties of oil wear down and disappear after a period of time. And if you drive short distances, make frequent stops, and perform little engine maintenance, the process accelerates. Then you need to change the oil sooner than your manufacturer recommended intervals. But if you are in doubt, change it every three months for better results.