Changing an oil filter can be a DIY job. Eagle Car Removals offers the following information on changing the oil filter of your car.
Firstly, don’t attempt to change the oil filter when the engine is hot. A cool engine is necessary to avoid burning yourself. The car should have been sitting for no less than a few hours before you start.
Start with securing the surface that you will be working on. If your car is parked in the driveway, you’ll want to put a flattened cardboard box under the hood to pick up spills. Plywood also work fine for this task. There are other supplies that you will require:
• Ratchet or open end wrench
• Clean Rag
• New oil
• New oil filter
• Oil catch
Start by preparing the car for the oil change. The oil will drain out of the oil pan at the bottom of the car’s engine. You will need to remove the drain plug which looks similar to a big bolt and is located at the bottom of the pan.
Before the plug is removed, you will need to position the oil recycling container under the oil drain. Once you have completed this step, you can remove the plug. When removing the plug, don’t try to hold onto it. Let it drop into the recycling container as there is a screen that will keep the plug from dunking into the container with the oil. Let all of the oil drain out, and then replace the drain plug. Use your torque wrench to tighten the plug. Place the cap on the oil recycling container so that there is no chance of spills, and for it to be transported safely to the oil recycling station.
Once the oil has been drained, remove the old oil filter. Take your oil filter wrench, turning the filter counterclockwise until it is loose. When performing this task, use caution as it is full of old oil that will make a mess if it spills.
Before placing the new filter on, you will need to prep. Take your lubrication and lubricate the gasket on the new filter. You will want to fill the filter with oil to about 2/3. Take the oil filter and carefully screw the new oil filter into place, holding it upright at all times as you have filled it with oil. The oil filter will screw clockwise. The oil filter will not need to be tightened with a wrench, as over tightening the filter can create a leak. Screw it on tightly with your hands.
Once the new filter is on, fill the engine with oil.
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