Changing Your Car's Oil: It's Easier Than You Might Think

Oil in our cars plays a crucial role in ensuring that all the cars moving parts remain lubricated, best engine performance, protecting the environment, and giving you accurate gas mileage. The process of changing your oil is not that difficult, and you don't need to take it to a mechanic every time it needs replacing- even if knowledge of cars isn't your strong point.  Gather your tools and use these tips in changing your vehicle’s oil. If you've just bought your first car, use this guide on and the following five tips to take proper care of your machine.

1. Always consult your manual
Your car's manual is extremely valuable. Often, people do not take time to know the content inside that book. Keep it somewhere that is easily accessible because you may not only use it when you are changing your oil but other significant things like knowing how to use your vehicle’s controls. Whenever you need to change oil, consult if for the best appropriate way to change it, the amount that you need to fill the oil chambers with, and how often you should change it.

2. Position your car properly
For most cars, you will find the oil cylinder under the bonnet and is close to the engine. To ensure effectiveness while changing the oil, always park your car on level ground. Additionally, the transmission gear should be in parking mode. In some cars you might need a jack to lift the car to gain access. One jack may not provide enough stability, with two you will be much safer and don't have to fear the whole weight of the vehicle collapsing on you.

3. Pour out the oil
Now, once you do this, you will have to warm the engine before removing the oil. Leave the engine on for a few minutes to warm up the oil inside it.  If the vehicle was already in motion, then give it a few minutes to cool it off. Hot oil could cause skin injuries, which is something you have to avoid at all costs. Open the oil plug in a counterclockwise manner. If you cannot locate it, then that is where you have to consult an expert or the manual. Give it around 10 minutes for the whole batch to pour.

4. Replace everything
Once all the oil pours out, then remove the oil filter. The thing is, they all differ depending on the car’s model. If you do not know where to locate it, you will have to consult your manual, again. When replacing the oil filter, ensure that you apply some new oil on it for extra lubrication. After that, close the oil plug and pour the oil from the top. Be careful about spilling any oil on the engine. Smoke emissions after you start the engine can scare some people. Your user manual should always have information about the most suitable oil for your machine. 

5. Start the engine
Before you start the engine, ensure that there are no leakages underneath and that you do not leave any tools lying everywhere. Use a dipstick to check oil levels. Remove the stick, wipe it, dip it, and wipe it again. Read to see if the oil levels are up to the standard required for that vehicle. Start the engine to increase pressure and to make sure that everything is in its right place. 

Always use a basin to assist in draining the oil. You could also lay a polythene paper to capture any spilling oil during draining. It will make it easy when cleaning up the mess. Finally, put the drained oil inside a container and dispose of it at a gas station. They can recycle it, and they also know the best place to dispose of the oil.

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