How to Oil Change a Car

How to Oil Change a CarIf you are looking for free information and free step by step instructions on How to Oil change a Car, then you came to the right web page. To be more specific, this article will answer the question like, How to Oil Change Subaru Forester 2003? Well, to tell you the truth it is very pretty easy if you compare to the other car oil changes. Because the oil filter and the drain bolt plug are in the most easiest and most comfortable place, which is in the empty, front, bottom, and easy to reach area of the engine. I recommend to raise the car for an easier access. Then, you should get ready the new five quarts of oil and one new oil filter. Most of the cars, vans, trucks, and suv’s use different amount of oil and a unique kind of oil filter, so make sure that you get just the right stuff. Also, I really recommend that you spend extra money and get Fully Synthetic Oil, I get the NAPA Full Synthetic Oil. If you will follow these instructions on how to do an oil change on a car, then it is totally your responsibility if anything at all goes wrong. If you don’t feel confident enough or don’t trust my advice, then please go and find someone else’s or just let some professional and trusted shop do an oil change for you. My oil changes are getting better and faster with every time I do them, but in the beginning it was taking me a while to finish it all up. Some cars, trucks, vans, or suv’s have their oil filters located in the most stupid places ever, which makes your and mine job a lot more complicated and a lot more time go by before you finish your oil change. I hear that some new autos have some weird and even more impossible locations for the oil filter and for the oil draining bolt. So, like I said before, make sure you are confident enough and are going to be able to finish your job all the way. I’d recommend for you to read my whole article before starting any oil and oil filter replacement. Well, if you are ready, confident, and able to do this on your own, then lets get started.

Location of the Oil cap and the DipstickLocate or Find the Top Oil Cap and the Oil Dipstick that helps you check the oil level. On my subaru both of them have the yellow color on their handles. Unscrew the oil cap, clean it and put it aside. Pull out the oil dipstick level checker, clean it and put it aside also. I like to take those off in order to let the engine ventilate better and help it cool down faster, because then the dirty oil will drain easier.

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Location of the oil filter and oil pan with the drain bolt plugGo under your car or subaru and find the old oil filter and the drain bolt on an oil pan. On my subaru they are located right after the bumper and the radiator and in the very front under the motor. Clean them up a little so it is more pleasant and easier to work with.

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Oil draining into the containerGet a wide and deep container and put it under the draining bolt and unscrew that drain bolt plug. Please try to avoid any oil leaks on the concrete or on the dirt. Cover the concrete or the dirt with something that can prevent the oil leaking through it. After the old oil is done draining, then clean of that drain bolt and around the drain hole, and then put the drain bolt back in, and carefully tighten it.

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Location of the spot for the oil filterThen, move your container under the old oil filter and unscrew the oil filter. Let all the oil from the old oil filter and from its original spot leak into the container. Then Clean very good that original oil filter spot.

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Oil filter in its spotGet the new oil filter, and open one of the new oil quarts. Since this Subaru has an easy oil filter location and position, then we can fill like 75% of this new oil filter with the new oil. Also, dip your finger in the oil and smear some of the oil on the rubber seal of that new oil filter. We put some of the oil on the rubber seal of the new oil filter because we want it to be easier in the future to take this oil filter off. Now you can put this new oiled oil filter in its location under the engine and make sure that it is nice and tight. So, right now make sure that the drain bolt plug and the new oil filter are both in their locations and are screwed in tightly.

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preparation for car oil pouringHere you are ready to put the new oil into the engine. Get a funnel and put it in the whole where the big top oil cap was and Not in the dipstick’s little hole. Then, pour in first four guarts of oil into the engine. Then, put the dipstick in its hole and screw in the top oil cap. Start the engine and let it run for like a minute. Stop the engine after about a minute of runing. Now, check the oil level, by taking out the oil dipstick and wiping it clean with a dry cloth, and then insert the dipstick back into its hole and wait like three seconds, and then take it back out and look how high is the oil level from the very bottom edge of the dipstick. I like to fill the oil until the second hole on the dipstick gets covered with oil. So, if you need to fill more oil, then open that top oil cap and fill in just one half of a quart, and recheck the oil level. When you are satisfied with the oil level, then make sure to put the dipstick in its place and to screw the top oil cap back in tightly.

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How To Change Oil in Car

Prepare for How To Change Oil in CarToday I would like to explain to all of you who are looking for this helpful advice on How to Change oil in car. I will also tell you how to replace oil filter in your car. The pictures that you will be seeing here are from my 1997 Honda Accord. So, to be more specific this “do it yourself” article is going to be on how to change Honda Accord oil and filter. These instructions are for you and you are the one responsible for whatever happens, we take no responsibility of your mistakes or misunderstanding, make sure to use common sense, think before doing anything at all, but the best step of all is to pray and ask God for common sense and for help in any of your job or work. I like changing oil by myself because then I feel better about myself and I don’t worry about the engine, because sometime some professional shops forget to put the oil back into people’s cars, I personally know of people to who it happened. I also don’t trust someone else fixing my car, so if I am able to do it, then I’d rather do it myself. Also, I believe that it is good and healthy for you to try doing some stuff by yourself, (with enough knowledge of course). Well, first of all make sure that the car or the engine in the car is not hot, because usually if the engine was just used then it is very hot and the oil is even hotter. Also, make sure that you have enough of oil ready to be put back into the engine and a new oil Filter. Some cars need more oil and some cars need less, but for my 1997 Honda Accord SE with four cylinders, I’m getting ready five quarts of fully synthetic oil 5w-30 from NAPA auto store and one simple and new oil filter. I usually use total of four and a half of quarts of oil to put back into the engine, that is why I get five quarts ready just in case.

Engine Oil Cap and Oil DipstickSo, let the engine cool down if you need to, and to make it cool down faster I usually open the hood, and then unscrew top motor oil cap which is usually visible on top of the engine. Take out the oil dipstick that checks the level of the motor oil. This dipstick is usually either yellow or orange in most of the cars. I take that oil cap off and take out the dipstick out so there will be better air circulation for when you’ll be draining out the dirty oil.

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Oil Pan and drain bolt and containerNext, lets get a wide-mouth open container for the old and dirty motor oil. Then, find the drain plug or the drain bolt at the bottom of the oil pan which is at the bottom of the engine. On my car it is from the rear side of the oil pan. Then, get a ratchet or a wrench that says 17mm on it, or if you have a different size bolt then use whatever size you need to use. After you have loosened the drain bolt, then put that container under that drain plug and if you have to put some kind of covering on the ground so the oil doesn’t spill on your concrete or dirt. When your ready, unscrew the drain bolt the rest of the way and make sure that your container is catching all of the oil. Please try to avoid oil spills, because it is bad for our Earth.

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Old Oil Filter LocationAfter the oil is done, clean your drain bolt and put it back in, and then tighten it. Then, locate the old oil filter and unscrew it using your hands or the special tool that you can buy for unscrewing the oil filters. Please try to catch all of the oil while it will be pouring down at the time of unscrewing the oil filter. My oil filter is on the back of the engine. I really hate that inventors didn’t come up with a better place for the oil filter, because on most of the cars the oil filters are located in the way that will make the old oil spill no matter how you unscrew it.

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Oil Filter SpotNow clean as much as you can the whole area around where the filter was.

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New oil filter ready to be put onThen take the new oil filter and open one of the new oil quarts. Then pour a little bit of oil on top of the oil filter thread. Then using your finger, smear or oil the rubber seal on top of that new oil filter.

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New Oil Filter in placeThen, screw the new oil filter back into the place where the old one was.

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Drain Bolt Plug back in placeSo, right now you need to make sure that the new oil filter and the drain plug bolt are both nice and tight in their places.

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Oil FunnelAnd now you are ready to put the oil back into the motor. You should get some kind of a funnel to support your new oil pouring, and to avoid any oil spills. Pour in the four new and full quarts of oil. Then, when the car is level on the ground and with all the wheels standing evenly on the ground, check your oil level with the oil dipstick. On my oil dipstick I fill the oil until the second little whole from the edge is just barely closed up with oil. Try not to overfill your engine with the motor oil, because it could make your gaskets on your engine leak. When you are done, remember to put the oil dipstick back in and screw back in the top engine oil cap. Then you can wipe off and clean off any oil spills and leaks that you might have and dispose of the old oil according to your local legal laws and regulations. So, now you know how to change Honda oil.

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