How to change the oil in a car or truck:
An oil change is pretty much one of the easiest of services that need to be performed on our vehicles. The oil needs to be changed because over time it starts to collect deposits from the engine and creates internal build up, increasing drag and work load on the engine. The longer we wait, the worse of an impact it can have. Keeping the oil/lubrication system clean and functional is as important as proper blood flow in our veins.
- Oil filter
- Rags/shop towels
Step 1: Get the vehicle set up to work under.
Set the emergency brake. If using a jack to lift the vehicle be sure to leave jack stands underneath to support the weight of the vehicle.
Step 2: Locate drain plug and oil filter (In this example I am working on a newer model Cadillac Escalade)
Step 3: Remove drain plug and remove oil filter
Step 4: Install plug and filter
Reinstall the plug when the oil is drained, wait until oil is no longer consistently draining from the pan, once the stream turns into a slow drip it’s good to go. Make sure to inspect the oil filter adapter for any debris or old gaskets, it is common for the old filter’s gasket to stay stuck in place, so double check that that is not the case. Once you have everything cleaned up run a thin layer of clean oil on the new filter’s gasket.
Step 5: Refilling engine oil
After getting the bottom of the vehicle finished and cleaned up then head to the engine bay. Now we need to refill the engine. Fill the oil fill cap and install your funnel, add the appropriate amount of oil (can be found at parts stores, if you do not know the capacity for your vehicle let us know and we’ll find out for you!) After adding oil start the engine and let it run for a minute. Turn engine off and check the oil dipstick to make sure oil is at the appropriate level.
Step 6: Inspect for leaks
After finishing your oil change and running the engine make sure to check for any leaks under the vehicle. If things are leak free then you are finished!!
Congrats on your first oil change!! Now keep up a proper maintenance schedule and you will know more about your car then you ever thought possible!!
As always, have fun and stay safe!!