When it comes to the care of your vehicle, some jobs are better left to trained service professionals, like those here at Shults Ford of Harmarville. That doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands dirty too! One of easiest and most rewarding ways you can do that is a DIY oil change. If you are not confident operating on your car, however, bring it into our service professionals, who will be happy to help.
To change your oil…
Here’s what you will need:
Oil filter wrench
Plastic drain pan
Jack and jack stands (or ramps)
As for the amount and type of oil your vehicle requires, check your owner’s manual. The professionals at the auto parts store can help you find the correct oil filter.
The following is a simple outline for a DIY oil change:
# 1 – Elevate the front end of your vehicle. Use a jack and jack stands if you prefer or else drive your vehicle upon on secured ramps.
# 2 – Locate the drain plug in the oil pan underneath your vehicle. Position the drain pan underneath the plug and slightly towards the rear end of your vehicle. Loosen plug with the crescent wrench and then hand-loosen, all the while pushing forward. As soon as you feel the bolt come loose, remove it and your hand quickly. Allow time for the oil to drain.
# 3 – Locate the oil filter (it will be above the oil pan) and loosen with the oil filter wrench. Hand-loosen until it comes loose. The filter will still contain oil so be careful as to not dump it on yourself. Empty into drain pan.
# 4 – Install the new filter. But before you do, rub the rim with a little used oil. This will help seal the filter (and make it easier to get off next time).
# 5 – Add the new oil. Put it in the manufacturer recommended amount and then check the dipstick. If everything looks good, de-elevate your vehicle. Turn it on and let it run for a minute, circulating the oil. Check your level again and if need be, add small amount at a time until the level is where it should be.
As always, if you are unsure of what to do, we invite you to make an appointment at the Shults Ford - Harmarville service center and we'll take care of you!