One of the most important things you can do to preserve the longevity of your engine is changing your oil. More and more drivers are doing this simple car repair on their own instead of handing over big bucks to auto shops every few months. Follow these step by step instructions to discover how you can complete your own DIY oil job.
Prepare Your Work Area
Make your garage look as good as an auto repair shop. Spread a plastic sheet on the ground, drive your car over it, jack it up and carefully lower it onto the stands.
Pull the Plug
If the engine is cold, run your car for five minutes to warm the oil. Unscrew the plug and let the oil drain down, making sure to pull away so you don’t get dirty. Don’t forget to clean the drain plug.
Replace the Oil Filter
Remove the old oil-coated filter and rubber gasket. Give your new filter’s gasket a fresh coat of oil before screwing it in with your hands.
Add Fresh Oil
Use a funnel to pour new oil into your engine. This final auto maintenance step can be completed just 20 minutes after you begin.
Car repair doesn’t have to be difficult. Changing your oil is a great way to save some money and gain a new appreciation of your vehicle.