How To Change The Oil In My Car: A Beginner’s Guide

Regular oil changes are essential to keep your car running smoothly and to prolong its lifespan. While it may seem like a daunting task, changing your car’s oil is a relatively simple procedure that you can do at home with just a few basic tools. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the process of changing your car’s oil, ensuring you do it safely and effectively.

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Tools and Materials Needed:

1. Car jack and jack stand
2. Socket wrench set
3. Oil filter wrench
4. Oil drain pan
5. Funnel
6. New oil filter
7. New engine oil (Check your car’s manual for the recommended type and quantity)
8. Oil filter gasket (if necessary)
9. Latex gloves
10. Old newspapers or cardboard

    Step 1: Gather Your Materials
    Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials listed above. Park your car on a flat, level surface and allow the engine to cool down for at least 10-15 minutes.

    Step 2: Locate the Oil Drain Plug and Oil Filter
    Get under the car with your jack and stands. Locate the oil drain plug and the oil filter. The drain plug is usually on the bottom of the oil pan and the filter is typically near the engine.

    Step 3: Prepare the Workspace
    Place the oil drain pan under the oil pan to catch the old oil. It’s a good idea to put down old newspapers or cardboard to protect the ground from any spills.

    Step 4: Loosen the Oil Fill Cap
    Open the bonnet and locate the oil fill cap. Remove it to allow air to flow freely during the draining process.

    Step 5: Loosen the Oil Drain Plug
    Using a socket wrench, carefully loosen the oil drain plug in a counter clockwise motion. Be prepared for oil to flow as soon as the plug is completely removed.

    Step 6: Drain the Old Oil
    Allow the old oil to drain completely into the oil pan. This may take several minutes. While the oil is draining, locate and remove the old oil filter.

    Step 7: Remove the Old Oil Filter
    Using an oil filter wrench, turn the old filter counter clockwise to loosen it. Once it’s loose, continue turning it by hand until it comes off. Be prepared for more oil to spill out.

    Step 8: Prepare the New Oil Filter
    Before installing the new oil filter, apply a small amount of oil to the rubber gasket around the top of the filter. This will create a proper seal and make it easier to remove during the next oil change. The oil filter gasket is a consumable item and should be replaced every time the oil filter is changed. This helps to ensure that the seal is not compromised and that oil does not leak.

    Step 9: Install the New Oil Filter
    Screw the new oil filter on by hand until the gasket contacts the mounting surface. Then, turn it an additional three-quarters of a turn. Do not overtighten.

    Step 10: Replace the Oil Drain Plug
    Once the old oil has completely drained, clean the oil drain plug with a rag and then reinstall it. Tighten it using the socket wrench in a clockwise motion.

    Step 11: Add New Oil
    Using a funnel, pour the recommended amount and type of new oil into the engine. Consult your car’s manual for the specific oil capacity.

    Step 12: Check the Oil Level
    Start the engine and let it run for a minute. Turn it off and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Check the oil level using the dipstick and add more oil if necessary.

    Step 13: Dispose of Old Oil
    Take the used oil to a recycling centre or an auto parts store that accepts used oil.


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    Congratulations! You’ve successfully changed your car’s oil. Performing regular oil changes is a vital part of car maintenance that will help keep your engine running smoothly and extend its lifespan. Remember to dispose of the used oil properly and you’ll be on your way to a well-maintained vehicle.

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