Oil : How to change Oil? DIY

Posted by Wael A. Saad On Saturday, 23 June 2012 49 comments

How to change your car Oil?
You are just a few steps away to save oil change cost, About 50 $ oil change price and some time will be saved by change your car oil.

Before you start, you will need:
- if you need some information, read the next topics " if you need "
How to change Engine oil? DIY
Oil types and grades
Understand oil grades codes
Why & when we change the engine oil?


you will also need to :
- New oil bottle " Look in your shop manual for the system capacity with filter change "
- New oil filter
- Crushed washer
- Allen key, or socket wrench
- Oil Filter remover
- Jack to lift your car
- A container to gather the drained oil
- oil funnel
- Rags
- Rubber Gloves
- Your car workshop manual if available


Safety First:


1- Make sure that the car is not able to move while you left it or when you crawling under the car.
2- The engine and the oil are too hot, so be careful to touch the engine block.
3- Do not touch any moving part while it moves.
4- Avoid contact with oil and rubber like belts, that may cause skidding of rubber parts.
5- while you changing the oil, avoid oil mixing with water or any dirt.



Steps:

1- Start your engine for a couple of minutes to heat the oil.

2- Stop the engine and wait 5 minutes and then remove the dipstick or just loosen it to prevent a vacuum building up behind the oil when you start to drain it.

3- Remove the battery cables.

4- Use the lift jack to raise your car the amount that gives you the accessibility crawling under the car “ keep safety caution in your mind to under the vehicle

5- Put the container under the oil pan and adjust it directly under the draining sump plug.

drain old oil
Draining oil in container
6- Put on your gloves and just loosen the sump plug slightly by using your wrench.

7- Complete removing the sump plug by hand carefully.

DIY , do it your self
Oil paths 
8- Let the oil to flow out for 5 min to be sure that every oil path is empty.

9- Use your filter remover to remove the old filter “ be carful, the oil filter is filled with oil, get the container under it, and loosen it first and complete removing by hands

10- Clean the filter mounting thread using an oily rag and wipe around the mounting face.

11- Get a new oily rag and wipe the new filter seal, and then spin it by hand on the engine block until it locked, use your muscle to get another quarter turn by hand ; this is normally enough to secure it in place.

12- After draining all the old oil, clean the sump plug thread by some old oil from the drainer, and then  Replace sump plug crush washer with the new one. screw it back with your hand.

13- Use your wrench again to complete screwing the sump plug. Be sure that you tight it well “This can vary from a quarter turn to a half turn to crush the washer”. Don’t leave it too loosely or it will fall out.

14- Insert the dipstick back to its right place.

15- Remove the container away and clean around the filter and the sump plug then you can clean the floor. Now you just installed the new oil filter and sump plug with new crush washer. The most important thing that you have empty engine block “DO NOT START YOUR ENGINE FOR ANY REASON


engine oil
pour- in the new oil 
16- Put your oil funnel into the oil filler hole and pour-in the right amount of oil. Do it slowly. Do not use all the bottle quantity just in case to refine the amount.

17- Now you need to run the oil pump to fill the filter, to do this just crank the engine “do not start the engine “. Connect the battery cables, remove fuel pump fuse and remove the main distributer cable. Crank the engine until the oil lamp goes off. You are pumping new oil into the empty filter and then expelling all the air from the oil lines and cavities.

18- Once the oil lamp goes off reconnect the fuel pump fuse and the main distributer cable and start the engine. Let it idle for a minute or so.

19- Stop the engine and go check the dipstick for the optimum level, you can add some more oil if you need to. If it’s ok close the filling hole.

20- Check around the filter and sump plug for oil leaking both should be as clean as you left them with no sign of leaks and over the floor too. If there's a leak, a little tightening of the drain plug or filter should cure it.


The most important, Go celebrate your success :)






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