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Act Like a Professional: Changing Motor Oil and Filter All Alone

Act Like a Professional: Changing Motor Oil and Filter All Alone

Your car is more than just a heap of metal. It’s a living body that requires regular maintenance. Changing motor oil alongside oil filter is probably a primary service activity to keep the vehicle running properly for a long time. Each manufacturer stipulates individual requirements for a particular model as for the changing intervals. Some makes require the update every 3 months, while the others can run without renewal for 24 months.

Is it possible to change oil independently without the help of a professional mechanic? The answer is ‘Yes’!

First of all, prepare all necessary tools: a pair of screws, a jack, a flashlight, a trough, a plastic/metallic tank, rubber gloves, a waste cloth, a can, and a newspaper/flooring. Take the jack and lift the car till it can be placed on the trestle (or drive the vehicle to the pit hole).

Secondly, start up the engine and let the oil to warm up for 2-3 minutes. Get under the chassis and identify the oil tank. Remove the pan and place the flooring under the tank. Loosen the plug counter-clockwise by means of a crescent screwer and carefully remove it. This done, move up the plastic tank quickly and wait till the oil drains out of the vehicle (it might take several minutes). When the storage capacity is drained, replace the plug and install a washer.

To continue, set about the substituting of an oil filter. Use a wrench to unscrew the filter. Make sure that the rubber gasket comes off along with it. Take a new filter, put on a fresh gasket ring to secure an ideal sealing and start screwing the unit to the box. Tighten the filter and check the box for leakages.

The final step is to change the oil. Get out from under the chassis, open up the hood and unscrew the oil tank. The amount you need to add is usually indicated in the list of the car’s capacities. Take a trough and pour smoothly the liquid. Close the tank and replace the fill cap. In the end, start the engine just to check whether there are leakages while running. If everything is ok, reset the oil change light.

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