Oil Change: How to change your engine oil at home in 10 steps
You think that the auto shops are too expensive and want to make an oil change yourself? Then you should follow this guide to save some money!
This a guide of how to make an oil change to your engine at home in the most common car models.
I do not take any responsibility if YOU do anything wrong when following this guide. You should always check your manual and check with the manufacturer.
Step 1: Check what oil and oil filter you need
Start with check how much oil your engine requires and what oil filter you have.
Also, check which oil quality you need and double check that you got the right oil filter before you are doing an oil change.
This information you could get from your dealer or internet.
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Step 2: Jack up the car safely
Jack up your car safe.
Always use trestles if you are doing anything under your car. Only a jack is not enough.
Check in your manual where to put the jack and trestles.
If you are not sure how to do this safely, I recommend seeing this good youtube video first!
Step 3: Remove the plastic cover underneath the engine
If you have an elastic or steel cover underneath your engine you have to remove it.
Some vehicles have premade a hatch for the oil filter and the drain plug, BMW and some new KIA etc
But I suggest to remove it from all vehicles because the process gets a lot easier and you don’t have to smudge the oil all over the place.
Step 4: Replace your oil filter
I always start with replacing the oil filter when I’m doing an oil change. Because if you have an insert filter at the top of the engine when you pulling the filter out, the oil is flowing down to the oil pan and you get rid of more old oil.
If you have an insert filter the most common installation is on the top of the engine. Locate it and replace it. Change all the O rings and be sure to tighten it as the torque spec.
Often they write the torque spec for it on the filter cover.
If you have a plate filter the most common installation is underneath the engine.
In this case, you could also replace the filter after you drain the oil from the engine.
Some insert filters you need an adapter to get loose, like this:
If you got a plate filter you can use this to make the job easier:
Step 5: Drain the oil
Locate the drain plug on the oil pan in the bottom of the engine. Be sure that it is the right plug. If you are not sure, search information or make a post here and I will check!
Remove the drain plug and let all the oil drain out.
Replace the plug and the seal. I always recommend replacing both the plug and seal. But if the plug is looking good you could replace the seal only. If you don’t replace the seal there is a big risk of an oil leak. Torque the oil plug with the right torque. Check your manual or make a question here. Ask us here!
You can use a tool like this to easily gather the oil:
Step 6: Fill engine oil
Check again and make sure how much oil your engine requires.
Fill the right quantity through the oil cap at the top of the engine, and make sure you don’t spill it out.
You could remove the dipstick to make it easier for the oil to reach the oil pan.
After you have filled your engine oil with the right quantity you could check your dipstick. It should be a bit over the MAX mark now because the oil filter is empty.
Step 7: Start your engine
Start your engine up and make sure the red oil pressure light on your dashboard is lightening up and then go off after a couple of seconds.
Let your engine idle for around 15 seconds and then turn it off.
Step 8: Check your dipstick
After your engine had idled for 15 seconds. You should let the engine be off for 5 minutes.
Then check your dipstick and make sure It is between min and max.
I always in the most vehicles fill it up to the MAX, but in some vehicles, it should be in the middle
Step 9: Start your engine and let it idle
If your oil volume is right you could start your engine and let it idle for 10 minutes or take it for a drive.
Make sure you have no oil leaks from the plug or the filter
Step 10: Final step
If everything looks okay, no oil leaks then you could put the engine cover under the vehicle back and take away the lathes and jack.
Check your dipstick again so the volume is right.
Take the car for a drive for 10-15 minutes and make sure everything is OK
Congratulations your oil change is now ready!
It’s not that hard to replace your oil yourself at home if you make everything with care.
I hope you liked this guide. I will add some more pictures to it later.
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