Changing your oil in minutes

Changing your oil in minutes

Changing your car's oil is an important maintenance task. Here's a general guide on how to do it at a easy pace.

1. **Gather supplies:** You'll need new oil, a new oil filter, a wrench or socket set, a drain pan, a funnel, and gloves.

2. **Prepare your car:** Park on a level surface and let the engine cool down. If the car has been running, wait at least 10 minutes for the oil to settle.

3. **Locate the drain plug:** The drain plug is usually located on the bottom of the engine oil pan. Consult your car's manual if you're not sure where it is.

4. **Drain the oil:** Place the drain pan under the drain plug, then use the wrench to loosen and remove the plug. Allow the old oil to drain completely into the pan.

5. **Replace the oil filter:** Use the wrench to remove the old oil filter. Before installing the new one, apply a small amount of oil to the rubber gasket. Screw the new filter into place by hand, then tighten it with the wrench.

6. **Add new oil:** Use the funnel to pour the correct amount and type of new oil into the engine. Check your car's manual for the recommended oil type and capacity.

7. **Check the oil level:** After adding oil, wait a few minutes for it to settle, then use the dipstick to check the oil level. Add more oil if necessary to reach the correct level.

8. **Dispose of old oil:** Pour the old oil from the drain pan into a sealed container and take it to a recycling center or auto parts store for proper disposal.

9. **Check for leaks:** Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes, then check underneath the car for any signs of oil leaks.

10. **Record the maintenance:** Keep track of the date and mileage of the oil change in your car's maintenance log.

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