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How to change the oil in your car?

Mar 11th 2013 at 6:06 AM

How to  Change the Oil ? Change the oil yourself your car is not only a good saving  money , but is much easier than it seems. However, whether you do it for either the first time or an experienced hand, here we can see a series of tips to make this task as simple as possible. What do you need? Oil Change for Vehicles

  • approximately 5 liters of engine oil
  • an oil filter
  • a wrench to drain the nut or wrench to fit and a filter wrench.
  • a large tray to drain, of at least 6 to 8 liters.
  • cloth
  • cleaning solution and latex gloves.
  • funnel

Step 1 - Choose the Oil
Your manual should recommend certain amount of oil to be used under normal driving conditions and the amount of miles you can drive the vehicle before doing an oil change. However, if you make frequent short trips, constant stopping and starting in traffic or moving trailers, its engine makes extra efforts that require more frequent changes. Be sure to check the manual for special conditions and do not exceed warranty recommendations
As an intuitive rule, change your engine oil and oil filter every 5,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first. This practice will provide greater protection and a long life for your engine. (Be sure to consult your owner's manual for special conditions and do not exceed the recommendations of the warranty.)

Step 2 - Prepare Your Vehicle

Always be sure to consult the manual for specific safety issues before preparing the car.
never use a jack to hold the vehicle up as it is very unstable. Portable ramps are ideal and much safer. The ramps will tilt the car enough to allow one to slide underneath. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions ramps, especially in security. After making sure that one is in the required level, drive the vehicle down the ramp to the front wheels are high. Put both the parking brake and block the wheels of wood to prevent the vehicle from rolling. Put the car in first gear if manual transmission or "Parking" if automatic transmission. Cold oil will not drain before starting the engine. Start the car to increase the oil temperature and to carry normal operating temperatures. Then, turn off the engine and raise the hood to loosen the filter to avoid a vacuum. This allows oil to drain from the bottom of an easier way.

Step 3 - Drain the Old Oil

Locate the drain plug on the bottom of the vehicle. This must be located at the bottom rear of the engine or gearbox. Be sure not to loosen the drain plug automatic transmission by mistake. Place the automatic transmission fluids drain pan under the drain plug and slightly back. Using the key, move the plug unlike clockwise until it turns freely.Complete the operation by turning by hand. At this point, make sure the oil flow freely and is likely to go hot. Try not to pull the plug into the pan, but do not worry if that happens.

Step 4 - Remove the Oil Filter
Loosen the oil filter in a counter clockwise with a filter wrench. Complete the operation by hand, being careful not to touch the exhaust manifold. The oil filter may be full and feel slightly heavy. Then carefully lower it and remove the engine, tip its contents into the tray. Replace oil filter

Step 5 - Replace Oil Filter

Take your rag and clean in and around the filter placed in the engine. Then, take a new filter and use your fingers to apply a light film of oil (new or used) on the board (the circular edge of the filter), which acts as a sealant. Carefully screw the new filter to the line marked oil. Turning it clockwise to. Once properly aligned, the filter is easily screwed. Set the filter by hand, being careful not to overtighten.
Wipe the oil plug and copper gasket and then align and replace the cap. Screw the cap by hand and finish tightening with a wrench. Once done, not too tight

Step 6 - Add Oil Clean

Carefully remove the parking brake and let the car slowly down the ramp to the ground (do not start the engine in this step or a serious matter?, or can happen).At the top of the engine find? the oil filler cap, usually marked with the symbol of oil can. Unscrew the cap and proceed to fill the engine with oil quality required, checking with the meter of oil reaches the appropriate level. Replace the cap and wipe up any spills. The oil light will tend to leave as soon as the engine starts.Run engine several minutes, then turn it off and check the oil level again to ensure you have the appropriate level. It is normal to have to add a little more oil. Finally, check under the vehicle for leaks, especially around the oil filter and drain plug. Need more easier than you thought? sure to keep a written record in the glove compartment, the mileage of any oil change. That way it will be easier to maintain control over when the next change is responsible. Also, if you decide to sell your car in the future, have the verification of several oil changes can increase the resale value of your car.

Step 7 - Collect used oil

Think it's over? Not yet. The latest and in some ways the most important step to change the vehicle engine oil, properly dispose of used oil that has been drained from the vehicle. Used motor oil is highly toxic to the environment and most importantly, dispose of it in the safest way. Transfer the used oil in a sealed container and contact your local workshop on the different options available for recycling or storage.

Hopefully this guide will be helpful. Learn more about other Oils and lubricants at

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