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Your car is made up of thousands of parts that all work together to make you move. You may not be a car junkie, but if you drive you should know the basics. Outside of filling your tank and checking your tire pressure, oil change is the second most maintenance chore you do. Most of us let the mechanic do the changing. However, if you want to save a buck or two, it's something that you can do yourself.
How do I start?
The first thing to do is to gather all the tools you will need.
Once all your equipment is ready, warm your car up. Let the engine run around 10 minutes. This will make sludge move out of your car easier.
Remove the drain plug
To easily access the under part of your car, you will need to raise it. Ensure it is secure and the brakes are engaged before going under your car. Before doing this, learn how to best secure a raised car from your trusted car specialist. For safety, I recommend having someone with you in case of an emergency.
Use the box wrench to remove the drain plug and drain the oil into an oil pan or a container you prepared. The oil may be hot so be careful with this. Oil will start to spill once you are loosening the plug, so make sure the oil pan or container is already positioned. Check if you need to replace the gasket. Draining takes around 10 minutes.
Replace the oil filter
Locate where your oil filter is attached. Use the specialized wrench to remove it. Oil may spill when removing this, so make sure you have the oil pan ready again. Once your car is completely drained, install the new oil filter. First, rub a little new engine oil on the seal before installing. Tighten by hand only as the wrench might put too much pressure. Make sure the drain plug is returned as well before leaving your car's bottom.
Filling with the new oil
Open your car's hood and locate the oil cap. This is where you will pour the new engine oil. Use a funnel so you avoid spilling your engine oil. How much oil you use will depend on your car. Refer again to your car's manual for this. Let the oil sit for a few minutes and check the dipstick. If the amount of oil is right then you're all done.
Car maintenance protects your car and makes it longer lasting. However, the best protection you can ever get your is to get it insured. At Jeff Clark Insurance Agency LLC, we do our best in making sure that our clients are well-protected with affordable and comprehensive policies. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact our agency at (864) 814-3003 or Click Here to request a free quote.