Oil changes are the ultimate introduction to do-it-yourself vehicle maintenance. Changing your motor oil is also one of the most effective ways to improve engine performance, extend engine life, and save money. Make sure you have the right tools for the job before you pop the hood.
How to change your engine oil Plano?
Choosing the proper oil and filter
Check your owner’s manual for information on oil grade, oil capacity, oil filter type, warranty information, and how often to change your oil.
Wear protective equipment
When performing any type of vehicle maintenance, safety must be prioritized. Always wear protective equipment to help prevent injuries. When using hand tools, always use caution.
Enter the ramps
Center the ramps directly in front of the front wheels while your vehicle is parked on a dry, level surface. Drive slowly onto the ramps, then put the vehicle in park and apply the emergency brake. Check to see if the ramps have shifted; the front wheels must be centered on top of the ramps before proceeding.
Find and remove the drain plug
Position the oil pan directly beneath the drain plug. Wrap the oil pan in the newspaper. Connect the ratchet to the appropriate socket. Connect the drain plug to the socket. With the ratchet, slowly turn counterclockwise to loosen the drain plug. Once the drain plug has been loosened, remove it by hand. A drain plug gasket may also need to be removed. Place one chock behind each of your vehicle’s rear wheels. Check that both chocks are snug against the rear wheels.
Replace the drain plug
Allow several minutes for the oil to drain before reinstalling the drain plug with the torque wrench, slowly turning clockwise. You may also need to replace the drain plug gasket. To apply the manufacturer-specified torque, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
Find and remove the oil filter
Place the oil pan and newspaper directly beneath the oil filter. Place the oil filter wrench on top of the oil filter. With the oil filter wrench, slowly turn counterclockwise to loosen the oil filter. Allow the oil to drain for a few seconds after loosening the oil filter before removing it by hand.
Replace the oil filter
Place the new paper filter into the cartridge housing, apply a thin layer of oil to the new O-ring gasket, and fit the new O-ring gasket into the cartridge housing’s groove. Install the new oil filter by placing the oil filter wrench on the new oil filter and slowly tightening clockwise.
Apply a thin layer of oil to the new filter’s O-ring gasket for spin-on-style oil filters. Install the new filter by hand, gradually tightening it clockwise.
Replace the oil
Open your vehicle’s hood, remove the engine oil cap by turning it counterclockwise, and insert the funnel into the fill hole. Pour the specified amount of Mobil 1TM motor oil into the funnel slowly. Reinstall your engine oil in Plano TX cap by applying a thin layer of oil to the threading and turning clockwise.
Exit ramps for vehicles
Disengage the emergency brake and remove the chocks. Put your vehicle in reverse and slowly back out of the ramps. Place your vehicle in park once more on a dry, level surface.
Examine for oil leaks
Start the engine and let the car idle for 2 minutes. Visually inspect your vehicle for leaks around the drain plug and oil filter during this time. If you notice any leaks, turn off the engine immediately and investigate further; your vehicle may require replacement parts and/or professional repairs.
Examine the oil level
Turn off the engine and wait 2 minutes for the new Mobil 1 motor oil to settle. Wipe the dipstick clean with a clean rag or paper towel. Insert the dipstick, wait for a second, and then remove it. Examine the oil level of the dipstick’s indicators; small markings on the dipstick will indicate the oil level.
Record data, clean up, and recycle used oil
Make a note of your vehicle’s current mileage and the date. Refer to your owner’s manual for the recommended oil change interval, then multiply that number by your vehicle’s current mileage and change the oil at the resulting mileage. Dispose of the used oil filter, as well as any used rags, newspaper, or paper towels, with care. Put your tools away.
Recycle old motor oil. Many gas stations and quick lubes will accept used motor oil and oil filters for free. Locate recycling centers in your area. Your local government or recycling coordinators may be able to advise you on which materials can be recycled as part of your trash collection.