10 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL OIL CHANGE
The classic oil change is one of the easiest do it yourself car maintenance jobs. Although it’s a simple task, it is important to refresh your mind so that you can understand the process and how to make it a success. You are welcome to change your oil if this is the first time you’ve done it. We hope you find this guide helpful in understanding how to change the oil in your car.
TIP #1: DOUBLE CHECK MANUFACTURE GUIDELINES.
Each vehicle is unique when it comes time to change the oil. It is important to check the manufacturer’s instructions regarding oil changes. You could have a shorter engine life and less lubrication if your oil is not the right one. Spend some time researching exactly the oil your car requires.
TIP #2: ENSURE THE CORRECT WEIGHT
Each engine has a specific oil weight that must be used. The exact weight varies depending on the make and model. However, most cars now have the oil fill cap underneath the hood printed with the weight. You may find a sticker on your engine that indicates what oil is required. Always match the recommended oil weight with your oil. There are no exceptions. Read more about the various types of motor oils at our blog.
TIP 3: PROTECTIVE EAR IS THE KEY.
It is important to have all the necessary protective gear and supplies for oil changes at home. This will ensure that your oil changes are safe, stress-free, and free from any potential hazards. To quickly clean up any oil that may have come into contact with you, it is a good idea for rubber gloves to be worn. To protect your driveway from any spillages, we recommend that you use a tarp or an old shower curtain to cover the oil pan.
TIP #4: LET YOUR CAR COOL DOWN.
This is crucial when you do any work on your vehicle. It is essential to allow your vehicle to sit for between 20 and 30 minutes after you have driven it. This will ensure that the oil doesn’t burn. Although it can flow freely once it is warm, it can cause severe skin damage if it comes into contact with your skin. To warm the oil, run your car for two minutes. The oil will flow more easily if the heat is not too strong.
TIP #5 – USE THE CORRECT DAIN PAN
You don’t want your oil to run off into your hands or onto the ground. A drain pan is essential! These drain pans are easily found at auto shops and will allow your oil to drain securely and safely. The funnel-top drain pan is one example of a drain pan that fully covers the oil to reduce the risk of it leaking. They also have reinforced handles to help transport the oil.
TIP #6: DO YOU NEED A GRIP
Oil filters can be difficult to remove, especially when your hands are covered with oil. You will find a variety of tools at your local auto shop to assist you with your oil change. Oil change tools are a favorite of ours. They can be used to remove stubborn oil filters. There are many styles to choose from, including clamp-style and 3-jaw adjustable wrenches.
TIP #7: SEAL YOUR FILTER CORRECTLY.
The most common mistake when changing oil is not drying the oil filter. The poor seal can cause leaky and loose-fitting filters. The filter can eventually become loose and leaky, and your car’s oil may end up all over your driveway. To ensure a perfect seal, make sure you fill the filter at least halfway with oil. Then spread a little around the filter.
TIP #8: GET IT IN THE ENGINE.
It’s easier said than done, but oil-changing novices will struggle to ensure all oil is in the engine. This can be achieved by making sure you have a good funnel and that the oil is poured at the right angle. Make sure the spout is at the top of the funnel. Then slowly pour the oil. This prevents oil from leaking into the engine.
TIP #9: REMOVE OLD OIL RESPONSIBLY.
It is important to dispose of used engine oil properly and responsibly. This is not only better for the environment, but also some states have specific laws about how to dispose of used oil. Local auto shops might be able to take the oil from you, which will ensure that it is properly recycled.
TIP #10: DIPSTICK IS THE KEY.
The dipstick on your engine is crucial for oil changes and maintenance. Your engine’s oil level can be identified by a bright yellow ring. You can wipe the dipstick with a cloth or rag after you have pulled it out. Next, insert the dipstick again, identifying the marking. After using every oil bottle, it is important to inspect your dipstick. After your dipstick has indicated that your oil level is correct, you should check it again after using the oil for a while. This will let you know if there are any oil leaks.
What could go wrong?
What could go wrong when I do my own DIY oil change? It’s why professional auto technicians are paid to do them. There are many mistakes that can be made when changing your oil at home. You should consider these things before you attempt them.
These are some possible problems that could arise:
- DISTURBING TRACK OF MILEAGE
- WRITTEN OIL
- IMPERFECTLY SEAL THE OIL FILTER
- NON-CHANGING O-RINGS IN FILTERS
- OIL OVER- OR UNDERFILLING
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AUTOMOTIVE OLOL CHANGE
Christian Brothers Automotive has been providing quality auto repairs and maintenance services for over 30 years. This includes full-service oil changes. No matter how new your vehicle is or how many miles it has, our friendly and professional experts will ensure that it runs at its best and is well taken care of.
Christian Brothers Automotive offers oil changes. You also have access to the following:
- FLUIDS & FILTERS OF THE BEST QUALITY ARE AVAILABLE
- FREE VEHICLE COURTESY CHECKING WITH EVERY VISIT
- AREA FOR COMFORTABLE, CLEAN WAITING.