Overview Introduction (Importance) When? Tools Required Changing the Oil Clean Up
Introduction (Importance) Oil keeps the engine lubricated A lubricated engine is most efficient Less efficient engines use more gas Less efficient engines have less power output Dirty oil is rough and rough is bad
When? Recommended every 3000-7500 miles I like every 5000 miles Bottom line: Check owners manual
Tools Required Oil Filter Wrench (Vehicle Specific) Box End Wrench (or adjustable wrench) Drain Pan Funnel Oil Oil Filter Rags Car Jack (Optional) Eye Protection Gloves
Change the Oil Step 1: Park vehicle on flat surface Step 2: Run the engine for 5-10 minutes to heat up the oil Step 3: Jack up the vehicle (if necessary) Note: If using a jack I recommend putting blocks behind the back wheels for safety.
Change the Oil Step 4: Put on eye protection and search for oil pan Step 5: Place drain pan below the oil pan Step 6: Using the wrench unscrew the oil plug allowing the oil the drain into the drain pan Oil Pan Plug Caution: The oil will be hot.
Change the Oil Step 7: Find the drain plug after the oil has drained and cooled Step 8: Inspect the drain plug washer for damage Step 9: If the plug is damaged replace it Bent Cracks Tears (if rubber) Step 10: Put the good drain plug back into the hole of the oil pan
Change the Oil Step 12: Move drain pan under oil filter to catch the oil that will fall when filter is removed Step 13: Put the filter wrench around the filter and twist the filter off Note: The gasket should come off with the filter. If it does not, remove it from the mounting area. Gasket
Change the Oil Step 14: Wipe the mounting area with a clean rag Step 15: Take new filter and coat the gasket with clean oil Step 16: Screw the new filter in where you took the old one out Caution: DO NOT over tighten. Tighten the filter until the gasket meets the mounting surface and then tighten an addition ½ turn
Change the Oil Step 17: Locate the area that you put the clean oil into the engine. This spot will be marked with a cap that says “oil” Step 18: Take the cap off, stick the funnel into the opening and pour in the required amount of oil. Note: The owners manual of your vehicle will tell you how much oil is required
Change the Oil Step 19: Place the oil cap back on and wipe up any oil that spilled Step 20: Start the vehicle and make sure there is no oil leaking from the filter or the drain plug Step 21: Shut off the engine and verify that the oil level is correct Step 22: If you jacked up the vehicle lower it back down
Clean up Clean up your mess Used motor oil is considered hazardous waste! Put all of the used motor oil into a leak proof container and take it to a local auto parts store for proper disposal DO NOT dump the oil down the drain or just throw it away!!