Car Maintenance Guide: Changing Oil

=If you are a new car owner who has never handled being around a car or checking maintenance, then your new shiny car might seem like an alien when it comes to maintain it. The checklist for car maintenance can be hard, annoying and the constant noises that the car makes never helps. So here are some tips for the most basics of owning a car; changing oil.

Car manual

Yes the car comes with an owner’s manual that you will at least need to glance through to make sure that you understand where the different sections are in an emergency or a desperate situation. The manual lists the specifications for your car and it is a good idea to keep in mind the specifications that you would need for regular maintenance. In the jargon listed out in the owner’s manual, it will also have information on the oil capacity for the engine, types of volumes of oil that should be put, spare parts that can be used and sometimes it will also mention about oil filters and such.

Equipment to be used

Whether you buy them brand new or from a car spare parts in Dubai shop you are familiar with, the most basic of items that would be required for changing oil in the vehicle are a wrench or a socket that has an extension, one torque wrench and an oil filter along with the oil of your preference. Sometimes you can buy oil from the store in a container or get it free flowing from the service station. Sometimes using a drain pan along with the basics is recommended. If your engine is placed in a way that requires you to reach underside of the car to change oil then you will also need a car ramp or a car jack.

Oil changing process

1.    Warm oil flows easier than cold oil which is thicker. So keep your engine on for a while before you change the oil or drive a couple of miles to heat up the engine works.
2.    Then grab the car jack or ramp and lift the car for you to reach under, if this step is not necessary move onto the next.
3.    Place the drain pan and open the oil drain plug with the torque wrench and drain out all the oil. After all the oil is gone, replace the plug bolt in the pan again and tighten all the screws. Then move onto the top of the hood to fill new oil.
4.    Locate the oil filter and use the torque wrench or an oil-filter wrench to remove the filter and replace it with a new one.
5.    Then look for the oil cap under the hood and fill in the oil with the recommended weights and volumes as necessary and screw the cap back in.

One thing to keep in mind is to replace all the caps and screws if needed and to put the whole assembly back together the same way it was taken off.

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