Step 3: Step Three

Pop the hood of your car and open oil filler cap (where you place the new oil) so that the oil can flow more easily. Now consult your owner's manual for the specific location of your car's oil drain plug. It's usually towards the front of the car. Place the pan that you will use to catch the old oil, under where the oil will come out. The pan should be fairly large in case you messed up and the oil overshot. It usually comes out at an angle. One you have found the oil drain plug, use a wrench to turn it and take it off. Watch out, the oil will still be hot!
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One of those 'should be self explanatory' things, but you don't remind people to put the drain plug back in. <sup>_</sup><br/>
oh so thats why i found loads of new oil on the floor...
anyone who hasn't changed there oil before should: have a load of kitchen roll/rags on hand, no matter how careful you are it always trys to spill. beware the hot oil, engine only needs a couple of mins warming to reduce viscosity, try it after any longer and you risk burns. Gloves are handy, again its tricky not to spill. When removing the oil filter it will still be full of oil and generally mounts sideways, so as soon as you remove it there will be a spill, rags ready? Finally you may need more purchase to get the oil filter off, hands can sometimes shift 'em, in an ideal world we'd all have filter wrenches but if you have a new oil filter you may as well stab the old one with a screwdriver and twist it off that way (can be messy though). Similarly if the sump plug wont budge you're better off putting an old scaffold bar or pipe on your wrench than bashing it. You get more torque on it that way, bashing it risks shearing things and rounding nuts. A new copper washer should be fitted on replacing the sump plug, and the plug itself should be wiped as they often have a magnet to attract particles. Going under a manky car? looking upwards? WEAR GOGGLES, mud in the eye is never fun.

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