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9 steps to changing your car or truck


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Learn how you can chance your own car or truck oil in 9 easy steps!

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9 steps to changing your car or truck

  1. 1. Learn how to quickly and easilychange your own oil!
  2. 2. First Things FirstYou will need a set of tools to complete this procedure including: • A socket wrench set • A combination wrench set • An oil filter wrench • A pan to catch the old oil • New oil filter • New engine oilIt’s also a good idea to have: • Some empty containers • A funnel • Latex gloves • Lots of old newspapers and dirty rags
  3. 3. Step 1It’s a good idea, especially if it’s winter, to drive your car around the block to heat up the oil a little bit to ease the process of draining. Next, park your car on a flat surface.
  4. 4. Step 2• Turn the car off but leave it in gear with the parking brake firmly set.• Block the tires for some extra safety. You don’t want the car to roll away on (or on top of) you.• You have to slide under your car to reach the oil drain plug, and may need a jack to lift it up a bit.• Make sure you use jack stands to keep the car up. Only using the jack to lift the car without proper support is very dangerous.
  5. 5. Step 2 (continued)• Locate the drain plug. It is usually the thing closest to the ground and may even be labelled. If you see two drain plug nuts the larger one is usually the transmission plug. You do not want to remove that one.• If you’re not sure, feel both, the one that’s much hotter than the other is usually the oil drain plug (the one we are interested in).
  6. 6. Step 3• Use either the socket wrench or closed wrench that fits the plug and crack it loose.• Then continue to loosen it with your fingers but do not remove it.• Do not loosen it too much. You don’t want the oil to spill all over your face.
  7. 7. Step 4• Next, spread some newspaper under your car, especially where the oil drain plug is located.• Also make sure the space under the oil filter is also covered as it drips after being removed.• Next you need to take your pan (to catch the oil) and place it underneath the drain plug.• Loosen the drain plug some more and let the old oil flow out. It should only take a couple of minutes to drain most of the oil.
  8. 8. Step 5• Next take your oil filter wrench and start to remove the old oil filter. You can attach it to your socket wrench if it makes things easier for you.• Once you’ve loosened it, you can do the rest by hand. Be careful as the oil will still probably be hot. Do not face under it directly.• Remove the filter and drain it in the pan as well. Place it right side up on the newspaper.
  9. 9. Step 6• Open up your car hood and remove the oil cap from the top. This helps the oil drain out faster.• You can take a quick break here if you’d like. If you’re not in a rush it’s usually a good idea to let the oil drain for about an hour.
  10. 10. Step 7• Before you set the new oil filter in its place, coat the rubber gasket on the filter with some old oil.• With a clean cloth, wipe down the metal circle where the filter actually fits.• You can now screw the new filter into its place. Tighten it with your hands, and if necessary, use the filter wrench to make sure its tight enough. Read the instructions on the filter if you’re unsure.
  11. 11. Step 8• It’s a good idea to use a new sealing washer on the drain plug.• You can now screw the drain plug back into its place. You don’t need to thread it too tightly, but make sure it’s snug.• Now you can take the old oil and put it into the empty containers you have lying around to store it before disposing of it.
  12. 12. Step 9• Now it’s time to put your new oil in the car. Use a funnel if you have one handy and pour in as many quarts of oil as the car manufacturer suggests.• Once you’ve filled it enough, close the cap, but double check the dip-stick to make sure the level is right.• Place the old oil filter in a sealed Ziploc bag.• Start your car and let it idle for a few minutes to make sure the oil goes throughout the system.
  13. 13. And That’s That!And there you go! You’ve successfully changed your own oil.Remember to dispose of the old oil and oil filter correctly. Sinceyour car is already running, you can go to your nearest oilrecycling center (most national oil change chains will take yourold oil and filter off your hands).Now clean up and revel in your new skill!
  14. 14. Easy To Use “No-Spill” Drain Plugs Femco No-Spill Drain Plugs make changing you car, truck or heavy machinery engine oil a breeze! It’s as simple as 1-2-3. Just attach and drain! Visit for more information!