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How To Change Your Oil

Oil is often called the “life-blood” of the engine because it provides lubrication for the vehicle’s many moving parts. Additionally, oil also helps to transfer heat away from components and it works to keep the engine clean. Changing your oil is an essential aspect of proper vehicle maintenance, one reason we’ve listed the simple steps to the process below.

Before we begin, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind. You should change your oil every three months or 3,000 miles because oil gets dirty and detergents and other chemicals breakdown over time. If you use synthetic oil, you can wait every five months or 5,000 miles.

Step One: Raise the Car. First, apply the parking or emergency brake. Then jack up the car and slide the jack stands underneath. This will make it possible to work under the car safely.

Step Two: Drain the Oil. Place an empty container under the oil pan and release the bolt at the bottom of the pan. Oil will begin dripping immediately.

Step Three: Remove the Filter. Next, remove the oil filter by hand or using a special tool. You should do this over a container, as some oil will come out of the filter.

Step Four: Put on New Filter. Make sure the gasket is completely removed from the old filter. When putting on the new filter, rub a small amount of new oil around the new gasket. This will help to create a tight seal.

Step Five: Add Oil. After securing the bolt at the bottom of the oil pan, add the new oil through the slot in the engine compartment.

These are the five basic steps. Naturally, you should check the oil using the dip stick to make sure the levels are full. Then you can lower the vehicle and release the emergency brake. Be sure to dispose of the oil at a safe location, as it can do serious environmental damage.


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