How to change your oil
If you've never changed the oil in your vehicle by yourself, this is the perfect time to start. We'll show you how easy it can be and save you some money along the way.
We'll also give you the full breakdown of the different types of oils and why your vehicle depends on them. By the end of this job we hope you take pride in knowing that you'll never have to depend on someone else to change your oil again.
If you have any questions or if you're unsure of anything regarding this job, feel free to contact the Parts-King.
Parts you'll need:
- Oil filter wrench
- Drain pan
- Wrench set
- Oil filter
- Engine oil
- FRAM sure drain plug
- New drain plug gasket, if not using a FRAM sure drain
- Engine flush
Safety comes first
Every vehicle is different. When it comes to maintenance and repairs, always follow the vehicle's owner's manual.
Safety should be your number one priority. Don't smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, or wear a necktie while working on the car. Watch out for hot objects, sharp instruments, hazardous materials and other potential safety hazards in and around your workspace.
Don't work with a Philips when the job calls for a flat. Substituting tools can compromise your safety or your vehicle's performance.
Finally, when the fun turns to frustration, or if the job requires specialized knowledge beyond your capabilities, please do not attempt it yourself. Talk to a professional mechanic or installer. The last thing we want is someone getting hurt.
Steps for an oil change
- Make sure your engine is cooled completely before you begin.
Pour the Engine Flush into the crankcase (where you pour your oil in). This flush will help remove gum, varnish, and sludge from the engine compartment.
Run the vehicle at idle for 5 minutes. Do not drive the vehicle with the Engine Flush in.
Loosen the drain plug.
Put the drain pan under the drain plug.
Once all the oil has drained, place your new Sure Drain plug into the oil pan and twist on the protective dust cap. The next time you change your oil, you won't have to remove the drain plug; you'll only have to attach a drain hose. How's that for simple?
If you're using the old drain plug, remember to install a new drain plug gasket. This will prevent leaks.
Now put the drain pan under the oil filter.
Remove the oil filter with your oil filter wrench.
Install the new oil filter, tightening according to your vehicle's specifications. If necessary, talk to a Parts Pro about obtaining a print-out.
Fill the crankcase with new oil and pat yourself on the back. You're done!