Checking your oil level on a regular basis is vital to ensuring the health of your engine. If your oil level is below the recommendation provided by the manufacturer, your vehicle could risk being less lubricated which could in turn lead to metal-on-metal friction. The result of this can be engine failure and this can be costly to repair.
Once you have established that the oil does need changing, it’s best practice to get to work on it as soon as possible. The car needs to be a little warm in order to be able to do this, so run the engine for a couple of minutes and then turn it off.
You will need to drain the oil that is already there. To do this, you will need a socket wrench in order to remove the bolt from the vehicle’s oil pan. Locate the oil drain plug, which will usually be a large nut at the bottom of the engine. It’s not easy to get to so you may have to get underneath the car or use a jack to be able to reach it. Using the wrench, loosen the nut and allow it to fall. The oil will be begin to drain out and should only take a couple of minutes to do so.
The next stage is changing the oil filter which will need to be unscrewed either by hand (protected by cloth or rubber gloves) or wrench. Twist it counterclockwise and be careful when it comes out as there will be a bit of oil in it. This will need to be discarded and a new filter put in its place by screwing it back on the engine block until it’s tight.
Before you actually replace the oil, make sure you check with the vehicle’s manufacturer which exact type of oil it needs and how much to use. Use a funnel to pour the new oil into the oil filler hole, ensuring that you don’t add too much in.
Once you have replaced the cap on the oil filler hole, turn the car on for five minutes to let the oil circulate. Make sure to check for any oil spillages before you clean the area up and finish.
Posted by Danielle Barge