Nick's Auto Blog

Hello, my name is Nick. This is my new auto blog. Have you ever wondered about how you can improve the look and functioning of your auto? If so you are in the right place. I live in a large house in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and my house has as many garage parking spots as it does rooms. And believe me, it has a lot of rooms. I like to collect classic cars and then work on them to restore them to their former glory. In doing this, I have learnt lots of cool tricks. I would like to share some of these tricks with you here.

Mechanic | 4 Step-By-Step Guidelines To Change The Oil In Your Car

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If you like doing DIY work on your car, then changing the oil is a simple process without having to go to a professional mechanic. Your car manufacturer will typically recommend how often you need to change the oil.. For older cars, an ideal time to change oil is usually after every 4800 kms, but newer models have different requirements, so always refer to your owner's manual. Here are some step-by-step guidelines to help you change your car's oil. If you don't think you're cut out for this task, then it's always best to hire a mechanic for a professional job.

Get Your Tools Together

Before you begin changing the oil in your car, make sure you gather all your tools together. You will need your car jack, socket wrench, rubber gloves, oil drain pan, engine oil, oil filter and a funnel. Once you have all these tools with you, park your car in a safe location and begin the process of the oil change. Make sure you locate the jacking points of the vehicle and jack it up slowly.

Drain The Oil

Put on your gloves on and open the bonnet. Remove the oil cap located in the engine and place the oil drain pan below the car engine. Once you locate the drain plug, remove the bolt holding the plug and let the oil drain from your engine into the pan. Once you're done, bolt the drain plug back into place. Make sure that the oil drain pan is directly below the drain plug to prevent any oil spills. Let your car drain out entirely.

Replace The Oil Filter

An oil filter is designed to eliminate pollutants from engine oil, but it can wear out over time. These filters are sometimes replaced during a regular car service, but may need replacement when refilling oil. You will need to locate the oil filter, remove it and replace it with a new one. Follow your car manufacturer's specifications to choose the right oil filter for your car model.  Prepare the new filter by applying oil with on the gasket ring to lubricate it before putting it in place.

Refill Oil

Make sure you know the viscosity and grade of oil needed to your specific car model. Your car manual will have clear instructions about the type of oil and amount required for your engine. Open the oil cap and place a funnel into it. Fill the oil based on instructions. Place the cap back on. Your car is now filled with new engine oil. Remove the jack and run the engine for a little while. 

While these steps are relatively easy, not every car owner likes to take on this responsibility. If you want professional help, be sure to enlist an expert car mechanic for changing your car's engine oil, among other servicing jobs.


4 December 2015