Our workshop technicians here at Canterbury Motoring World have said that one of the most common services your car will need is an oil and filter change. However, what many people don’t realise is that this is quite a simple service that you can in fact carry out yourself!
By changing your oil yourself, you will not only save money but you will also increase the life expectancy of your vehicle.
So, here at Canterbury Motoring World we wanted to help you out and have put together a step by step guide on how to change your car’s oil:
Step 1: If the engine of your car is cold then turn your car on for a few minutes in order to warm it up, but make sure you don’t leave it running for too long as you don’t want to burn yourself.
Step 2: Double check that you have then placed your car in park, put the handbrake on, switched the car off and removed the keys. The last thing you want is the car rolling away as you start to work on it!
Step 3: Next you want to locate the jacking point of your vehicle and raise your car up just on one side, for safety we advise using car jack stands.
Step 4: Once your car is raised of the ground you can then begin to drain the existing oil. In order to do this, you will have to place an oil drain pan underneath the drain plug then your car’s manual should help you to find it. You will need to use a socket wench to loosen the plug but then should be able to unscrew it easily enough by hand. Please note that the oil could be rather hot so we do recommend wearing some rubber gloves. Once all the oil has completely drained out, make sure you securely replace the drain plug.
Step 5: The next stage is replacing the oil filter. Be warned that when removing your oil filter some excess oil could spill out from the car so make sure the oil drain pan is underneath the oil filter to catch it. Once you have unscrewed the old oil filter and let it drain completely, wipe the opening with a paper towel. It is important to wear gloves throughout the process as next you have to dab your finger into the oil pan and run some oil just along the rim of the new oil filter before carefully screwing it into place.
Step 6: Double check that everything underneath your car is sealed and then it’s time to re-fill the vehicle with oil. In your car’s manual it should tell you how much is needed. To refill the oil, simply remove the cap, place a funnel inside the hole and pour until required amount has been reached. Then replace the cap and tighten by hand.
Step 7: Lastly you need to take off the car jack that you used to raise the car, turn the engine back on and let the car run for a few minutes. Then turn the car off again and using the dipstick method check that the oil is at the correct level. If it is then you are all done and have successfully changed your own oil and filter!
Please note that the dumping of motor oil in unapproved areas is an illegal offence so we insist that you take your old oil to your local auto parts store or petrol station where they shall either dispose of it for you or advise you on where you can take it.
Author: Rebecca McGinty