Changing the engine oil is an important maintenance task that helps keep your car running smoothly and extends its lifespan. While many people prefer to have it done at a professional service center, changing the engine oil at home can be a rewarding and cost-effective option. In this blog post, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of changing your engine oil at home.
Before you start, make sure you have all the required tools and supplies. You will need an oil filter wrench, a socket wrench set, a drain pan, a funnel, a new oil filter, and the correct type and amount of engine oil recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. It's also a good idea to have some gloves and rags for cleanup.
Prepare the vehicle
Park your car on a level surface and engage the parking brake. If your vehicle has been running, allow the engine to cool down for a few minutes to avoid any burns from hot oil. Consult with your vehicle's owner's manual to locate the oil drain plug and oil filter. The drain plug is typically located on the bottom of the engine oil pan, while the oil filter is usually on the side or top of the engine.
Drain and replace the old oil
Position the drain pan underneath the oil drain plug. Using a socket wrench, loosen the drain plug and carefully remove it by hand. Allow the old oil to drain completely into the pan. Once drained, replace the drain plug and tighten it securely. Then, using an oil filter wrench, remove the old oil filter by turning it counterclockwise. Before installing the new filter, apply a thin layer of oil to the rubber gasket (dip your finger in the new oil) to ensure a proper seal. Screw the new oil filter onto the engine, tightening it by hand.
Add new oil and check the level
Locate the oil filler cap on top of the engine and remove it. Place a funnel in the opening and slowly pour in the recommended amount of new engine oil. Refer to your owner's manual for the correct oil capacity. Once filled, replace the oil filler cap. Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes. Turn off the engine and wait for a minute or two to allow the oil to settle. Then, check the oil level using the dipstick. Add more oil if necessary.
Finally, clean up any spilled oil and properly dispose of the old oil and filter. Many automotive stores and service centers accept used oil for recycling. Golden Gear Automotive is one of them, and we can also help out with the oil change if it seems too complex - just give us a call!