Car Oil Changes And What You Need To Know

When you own a vehicle you should keep in mind that the car or truck in your garage represents a significant investment. Even if your vehicle was not very expensive to purchase, it is probably the means that you use to get to and from work, school, and other various activities.

Because vehicles are such a part of every day life, it is important to keep them in the best running shape possible. There are obviously a few different things that you can do to extend the life of your car's engine, but one of the most significant is to regularly change the oil.

Changing the oil in a vehicle is not difficult, but if you have never done it before, you may have some questions that you need answered before you start.

The first thing that you need to do is to find out when your oil needs to be changed. The owner's manual of your vehicle will give you the exact recommendation, but if you can't find it, or don't have a manual, changing the oil every three thousand miles is a good rule of thumb.

Once your vehicle gets over the three thousand mark since the last oil change, you will want to visit a local automotive parts shop and pick up a few things. You will need to get a new oil filter, oil, and something to put the used oil in. Each different kind of car or truck has a different kind of oil filter, so make sure you get the right one when you are at the store.

If you have any questions, be sure to ask one of the customer service representatives, and he or she should be able to look up which type of filter you need by the year, make, and model of your vehicle. The type of oil that you need should also be listed in your owner's manual, but again, if you have a question, someone at the store should be able to help you get what you need.

The container for oil needs to be something that can fit under your vehicle and catch the used oil as it drains. Most auto parts stores have special oil receptacles that you can purchase and dump for free in their used oil depository. Used oil is terrible for the environment, so always dispose of it properly. It should never go into your trash!

Once you have all of the supplies, you can get started with your oil change. First, make sure that the oil container is situated underneath the place that the used oil will be dripping out of your vehicle. Next, remove the oil drain bolt and wait for the oil to completely drain into the container.

Once the oil has been completely removed, you will want to put the bolt back in and move the container so it is directly underneath the filter. Remove the filter. If the filter is on too tight, you may need a special tool to get it off.

There may be some used oil in the filter, so be careful to keep it from getting on anything that you don't want it on. Now you can install the new filter and fill the vehicle up with the new oil that you purchased. Refer to the owner's manual about how much oil your vehicle needs.