Changing Oil in a Car




Introduction: Changing Oil in a Car

Changing oil on a regular basis is essential for a car to run well. Without changing oil, the filter would become clogged with dirt and the parts of engine may start to rub against each other. Therefore, the longer a vehicle could not receive oil or oil filter changing, the shorter the life span of an engine has. In order to have a long life span for an engine, it is necessary for drivers to change oil on a regular basis. This instruction will illustrate how to change oil on a car step by step.

Step 1: Tools Required

Basically 6 tools are required to finish the changing oil/ oil filter.  (attach the image)
Protective gloves
Correct oil and oil filter
Oil pan
Ratchet set
Strap wrench
Car jack

Step 2: Start the Car & Block the Tires

After collecting all the tools, starting the car about 1-2 minutes is the next step. This step will help warm the oil and engine to drain oil easily. Before starting changing oil, it is necessary to block the tires and put the car in park.

Step 3: Jack the Car

Checking manual and finding the best place to put the jack. Usually, people jack the car on the sides under the vehicle’s body. Jacking the car correctly is important to protect you when you changing oil under vehicle’s body.

Step 4: Loosen Drain Plug

Finding the correct location of oil filter and drain plug is the next step. By checking manual or looking at the image below, it is easy to locate the place. Put the oil pan under that location about 4-6 inches from the hole, since oil may shoot out. Before removing the drain plug, protective gloves are essential to wear to protect hands. Also, don’t not drop drain plug into oil pan, otherwise it is tough to find it in the messy, sticky, dirty, black liquid. Loosen drain plug by using right sized wrench (counter-clockwise). Don’t forget to put and tight the drain plug back.

Step 5: Replace Oil Filter

Replacing oil filter could be difficult. Wearing protective gloves is a good idea to protect hands and arms. If the old filter is too tight, it is necessary to use strap wrench to take it off. Before getting off the old filter, put oil pan under the old filter. Be careful to take old filter off with whole parts and remember the process. Don’t just throw the old filter right away. Leave it up on its side for at least 24 hours before throwing it away. Then use some new oil to lubricate a new filter before stocking the new filter back. This step help put the new filter back easily. Right now, changing oil is almost done without the last step.

Step 6: Add New Oil

Checking manual to make sure the amount of oil the car needed. Dipstick also helps find the right amount of oil. Opening the hood of the car and loosening the oil fill cap are the steps to prepare to refill the oil. Pour the oil into refill hole and use dipstick to recheck the oil level.

Step 7: Conclusion

This instruction not only includes the tools and supplies for a car oil changing, as well as the steps to finish the whole changing process. By following the step by step in this instruction, readers should be able to change oil/ oil filter by themselves.

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    4 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 5

    What do you do with your waste oil?

    vince 09
    vince 09

    7 years ago on Introduction

    A little tip for step 4, I will try to explain it as good as I can. To help keep oil from running down your arm when the drain plug is loose enough to turn by hand with your index finger push in on the drain plug and turn the bolt with your thumb and middle finger. You should hear a clicking, this means the plug is all of the way out of the threads and than you can quickly pull the plug out and hopefully not get any oil on you. I hope that made some sense.


    7 years ago on Step 4

    Second pic looks like the Radiator drain plug.


    7 years ago on Step 4

    Second pic looks like the Radiator drain plug.