7 Easy Tips To Change Your Engine Oil

7 easy steps to change engine oil

It is imperative to regularly change your engine oil. Over time, filters become old and blocked with contaminants. Depending on how you drive and the type of car, the timeline for changing oil varies. The good new is that it is easy to change your car oil without the need of a mechanic. Here are a few easy steps to change your car oil.

Use the right tools
Before you start the job, make sure that you have all the tools you need to get the job done competently. You will need a new oil filter and an old tray or bucket to drain of the old oil. Make sure that you have the right size spanners to remove the oil filter. Check your car’s handbook for the specific type of oil you required. Get a funnel to pour in the oil, and a car jack so you can get safely under the car. 

Warm it up
The next step is to leave the handbrake up and the car in neutral. Leave the car run for 10-15 minutes so you can heat up the engine, then immediately turn it off. This will help move the oil out of the engine.

Drain it
Once you’ve heated up the car and it is safe to proceed, remove the old oil. Put tray or a bucket underneath the oil drain plug, loose the bolt and remove the plug. Be very careful of the hot oil after heating up the engine. Draining the oil should take no more than 10 minutes. 

Put the oil pan back on
Once the oil has been fully drained, then it is time to put the oil plan back on. Make sure to put the plug bolt back on and then screw it all back together. 


Find the oil filter
Next, open up the hood of the car and find the oil filter. This is a round canister that will be screwed against the engine, about 4 to 5 inches deep. It is most commonly found inside the bonnet though it can also be under the car.


Now change the filter
Loosen the filter and remove it. Be careful that you do not let any oil spill. Next, replace it with the new one. Make sure to smear the rubber seal before you replace it.

Time to refill

Before you fill the oil, make sure to check the specific amount of oil needed on your car’s handbook. Find the oil cap under the car bonnet and fill the correct amount of oil. Check your oil dipstick and make sure the oil level falls between low and high. When you start your car, your oil warning light should go off after a few seconds.