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    Changing Your Car Oil Step-by-Step

    Authored by Jemma Petts

    Keeping your car running smoothly is all about regular maintenance. One of the most important tasks you can do for your car is changing the oil, which helps lubricate all of the moving parts in your car's engine. Read more for a step-by-step guide to changing your car's oil, so you can do it yourself and save money. 

    Saving money with DIY car maintenance

    DIY car maintenance is an easy way to save yourself time and money on car upkeep. It can often be done in the comfort of your own home with a few basic tools. One of the most common car maintenance tasks is changing engine oil. It's important to understand the basics of how to do this correctly and safely before attempting a car oil change. 

    It's important to understand some basics about vehicle maintenance, such as the types of fluids and filters that need to be checked regularly, as well as routine services that should be performed on a regular basis. Regular oil changes will help ensure your engine is kept lubricated and functioning properly, while other services, like tire rotations and brake inspections, can help prevent any problems and keep you safe on the road. 

    What you need to change car oil:

    Choosing what kind of oil to use

    Find out which type of oil is suitable for your vehicle by checking the owner’s manual or consulting with your local mechanic. After selecting the right type of oil, you can start the process of how to change oil. 

    Changing your car oil step-by-step

    1. Gather the necessary materials: a new oil filter, an oil pan, a wrench or socket set, and oil of the correct type and viscosity recommended by your car manufacturer. 
    2. Warm up your engine for a few minutes to make sure all of the old oil drains out. Turn off engine before lifting.
    3. Lift the car up with a jack or drive onto two ramps. 
    4. Use your wrench or socket set to unscrew and remove the drain plug from the oil pan. The old oil should then start draining into your disposal container
    5. Carefully replace the drain plug once all of the old oil has been removed and be sure to tighten it with your wrench or socket set. 
    6. You can then replace the old filter with a new one, followed by pouring in new engine oil until it reaches its full capacity as indicated in your owner's manual. 
    7. Lastly, recycle or properly dispose of all used materials in accordance with environmental guidelines.

    Examining oil capacity

    Preparing to check a vehicle’s oil capacity may sound intimidating but it's a straightforward process. You'll need the right tools and some basic knowledge of a vehicle's engine components to get started. 

    1. First, locate the oil filler cap or dipstick and remove the cap from its housing. 
    2. Using the dipstick, carefully draw out some of the oil and check its level relative to the lines on the dipstick. 
    3. If it falls below the lower line, then you will need to add more oil to bring it up to the full mark. 
    4. Once you have determined how much oil is needed, carefully pour it into the engine's oil filler hole until it reaches the full mark. 
    5. Finally, replace the filler cap and make sure it is securely fixed in place. With these basic steps, you should now be able to check a vehicle's oil capacity with confidence.

    One of the most important tips for successful car maintenance is to make sure you keep up with scheduled oil changes. Regular oil changes help keep the engine running smoothly and prevent costly repairs down the line. 

    Proper car maintenance is essential for preventing costly repairs down the line. DIY car maintenance can save you both money and the hassle of taking your car to the mechanic. By following this step-by-step guide, you can learn how to change your car's oil and keep it running smoothly. As long as you are comfortable with basic auto maintenance and take the necessary safety precautions, you can easily do this yourself and get back on the road in no time.


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