How to Change Your Own Oil

October 30th, 2012 by

Middletown logo You don’t need to ask any of the Honda dealers in Middletown: changing your oil yourself will save you a great deal of money over time. While you can come to Middletown Honda to have your oil changed in a fast and efficient manner, we’ll also be happy to fill you in how to do it yourself. Changing your oil is, after all, something that must be done fairly frequently and is crucial to ensuring the longevity of your vehicle. It’s a fairly simply process, and, once you get the hang of it, it should only take you about thirty minutes to do it.

What You Need and How to Change Your Oil

Here’s some of the tools that you’ll need to change your own oil:

  • –  A box-end or socket wrench
  • –  An oil filter wrench
  • –  An oil drain pan
  • –  A funnel
  • –  Latex gloves
  • –  A jack and jack stands
  • –  Oil (consult your owner’s manual for the proper viscosity and amount)
  • –  Oil filter
  • –  A replacement washer for the drain plug

Once you’ve got your materials together, you can begin.

The oil in your engine should be warm, but not hot, so it’s a good idea to drive your car around the block and let it cool for a few minutes before beginning. From there, you’ll need to lift the car and make sure it’s securely resting on a set of jack stands.

Next, you’ll want to position your oil drain pan beneath the oil drain plug. Remove the oil filler cap; loosen the drain plug with your wrench, then finish removing it with your hand, being sure to keep your arm and hands away from the oil’s expected path – it will drain fast and it will be warm. When the oil’s completely emptied, replace the drain plug.

Then, position your drain pan beneath the filter, which you’ll loosen with the wrench before removing it by hand. Try to get the filter off quickly, as the oil will gush out very fast. Clean the sealing surface with a rag, then smear a small amount a fresh oil along the o-ring of the new filter before putting it on. Make sure not to over-tighten the filter — consult the filter’s box or your owner’s manual to be sure.

Finally, put the appropriate amount of oil in your engine. Run the engine for thirty seconds to make sure that there are no leaks. From there, check the dipstick to be sure your oil’s at the right level, and then you’re ready to go!

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