Changing Engine Oil

Uploaded by repairs101ca on 02.09.2011

Today on Repairs101 Iíd like to share with you some tips on performing your own oil changes.
So have a look at my other video ìChoosing Engine Oilî to help you determine exactly
what kind of oil you want to put in your engine. So you can get your filter from your dealership,
you can get it at a lot of different kinds of automotive supply stores and general department
stores have them ñ even Wal-Mart carries them. And of course if you donít know what
the number is ñ if you canít read it say on the filter thatís on your vehicle right
now ñ if you donít have access to the manuals ñ you get some information at the store.
Thereís generally going to be ñ at the very least ñ thereís going to be some flip-books
attached to the shelving somehow where the filters are being sold, and in the best case
scenario theyíll have a parts person there to help you out. Theyíll just ask you a few
basic questions about your car: whatís the make, the model, the year and the engine size
and theyíll be able to help you out right away, get you the right filter right away.
Perhaps have a look at one of my other videos ìSafe Jacking Proceduresî to give you some
ideas on exactly how to lift your vehicle carefully and safely and ensure that itís
safe before you get to work on it. So if you donít have the time or the equipment to actually
lift the car up you can try this ìcurb-hoppingî technique ñ but if you do ìcurb-hoppingî
and you do your oil change out in the street - please donít work near a storm drain and
do all that you can to catch all the oil and mop up any spills at all ñ because weíve
had enough oil spills recently. I worked at a place that would pull the dipstick and leave
it standing up like that in order to signify that the oil had been dropped. Itís a drain
pan. You just screw the end off of here. Do not use a pair of pliers or Vise-Grips or
locking pliers, Channellocks or water-pump pliers, donít use a pipe wrench, donít use
these kinds of tools. You can see the teeth on this, the steel is extremely hard and the
teeth on it are very, very aggressive. Theyíre going to chew up and round down the much softer
metal of that drain plug. And theyíre going to leave you with a rounded drain plug that
you canít remove except for to try filing it down a size using a hand-file, or welding
a nut onto it. And donít use an open ended wrench. Use the ring wrench end of your combination
wrench to do the job. A combination wrench is very simply a combination of an open ender
wrench and a ring wrench, itís a combination. Definitely do use a combination wrench or
a line wrench or a recess wrench or a gear wrench or your favourite socket wrench. Iíll
just get in here. Put the ring end of a combination wrench and just break it like that, bring
this back under it, and then spin it off with my fingers. Itís very tight here, as you
can see, but I didnít jack the car up at all. Weíre working on it on its own wheels.
So this is its natural height. ìTighten the engine oil drain plug to twenty-two foot poundsî.
OK now that the oil pan nut is back in place Iím going to drag the drain pan ahead a little
bit to capture any oil that gets away when I remove the oil filter. This is an oil filter
wrench - this is for very large sized oil filters. This is a moderate sized one for
car engines and light trucks. By far the most useful is the strap wrench. If youíre wondering
if you have to do a filter change every time you do an oil change the answer is ìnoî.
The service manual says that you can get away with doing an oil change every other time
and an oil/filter change every other time. I personally have always done oil and filter
changes together, I would never do an oil change without a filter change because you
know filters are relatively cheap compared to engines. Iíve shown you the proper tools
to use but in this case itís just a small one and I know from experience that I can
do it with my bare hand.
So transfer it into some kind of sealing bottle and take it either to a garage or a marina
or some kind of service centre ñ even the place that sold you the oil should have some
kind of recycling program where they can take it from you at no charge to you. OK now itís
of critical importance that you lubricate this gasket before you put it on and that
you check that the old gasket is still in place. Because if you have the old gasket
stuck to the face of your engine and you try and put a new gasket on, the two gaskets wonít
be able to hold the oil in and itíll end up spraying it all over and out onto the road.
Take a little bit of this old oil like that and just use it to lubricate the gasket before
you install it, and thatíll ensure that it comes off easily when you go to change it
again next time. Tighten the new oil filter to three-quarters to a full turn after itís
contacted the surface. And thatís it. So you should consider this a range ñ not absolutes.
It should lie somewhere between the low and the full mark and if it is below the low mark
then you definitely need to add oil. Perfect. OK so do have a look at my channel, and when
youíre there, just ski on down to the link here, click on that link. Thatíll take you
to my website ñ go over here to the table of contents, take the slider bar and scroll
right down to the bottom, and the second-last link there is called Resources/Links. This
has all kinds of really great information links including a link to Faxon Automotive