How to Change Oil

September 27th, 2018 by

Car mechanic changing oil

Learning how to change oil isn’t difficult, and taking that step means you’ll be able to handle one of the most vital and common vehicle maintenance tasks for your vehicle. Here’s a quick overview of how to do it and why you should.

How Does an Oil Change Work?

Changing your oil is easier than you might think. Just start by collecting the following items:

  • Oil Filter Wrench
  • Oil Drain Pan
  • Funnel
  • Latex Gloves
  • Jack and Jack Stands or Ramps
  • Container for Old Oil (Oil Pan)

You’ll also need the right oil (check your owner’s manual), an oil filter, and a replacement drain plug washer.

Now, simply follow these steps:

  • Prepare your vehicle by parking on level ground and ensuring the engine is cool.
  • Open the hood, locate the oil dipstick, and remove it.
  • Look under the vehicle to locate the engine’s oil pan and find the oil drain plug.
  • Position a container under the drain plug, then loosen the plug with your wrench and let the oil flow into your container.
  • Find and replace the filter. Loosen it first and allow oil to drain.
  • Get under the hood, remove the oil fill cap, and pour in the correct amount of oil.
  • Replace the oil fill cap and check the level with your dipstick to make sure you’re topped off.

Why is an Oil Change Necessary?

Engine oil helps lubricate your engine’s moving parts – there are a lot of them, and they move fast! Over time, contaminants can build up and start interfering with this process. As more time passes, oil breaks down and becomes less able to lubricate those parts. Metal-on-metal contact occurs, and you put your engine at risk of serious damage. If this happens, consider an auto repair loan if the cost is daunting.

Visit River View Ford for All Your Servicing Needs

If you want a professional to change your oil and don’t want to put your trust in a Plainfield, Aurora, or Naperville mechanic, simply schedule service with River View Ford. From Quick Lane convenience to a vast array of parts and expert advice when your car key is stuck in the ignition, we offer everything necessary to keep your car purring. Contact us today to learn more.