There are some things that you just need a mechanic for. Pure and simple. Then there are other things that you wonder...could I do that myself? If you have ever looked at your mechanic’s bill and seen a charge for changing your oil and oil filter - you’re looking at a job that you can do yourself.
Learn About What Your Oil and Oil Filter Does and How to Change It
The best place to start learning about your oil filter is with a quick explanation of what engine oil is. Also known as engine lubricant or motor oil, your engine oil flows through your engine as it coats each part inside with a protective barrier. This helps the parts to function smoothly and determines how well your car performs.
What Is an Oil Filter?
When the oil is flowing through your engine is becomes affected by the high temperatures and pressures. This results in small particles which separate from the primary fluid and can interfere with how well your engine can work. Once the oil flows through your engine is comes to your oil filter.
Your oil filter takes oil in through one end, filters out any contaminants or debris, and releases filtered oil back into your engine where it can continue to work. This process continues until you change your oil or you run out.
What Happens If the Oil Filter Becomes Clogged?
Like all engine parts, your oil filter has a lifespan
. Once it has collected all that it can, instead of filtering oil, it allows dirty oil to continue recirculating. If this is left to happen is can reduce your engine performance and decrease your fuel efficiency.
Where Do I Get a New Oil Filter?
To get a high-quality oil filter, contact
Wesco about which the type of vehicle you have and get the right oil filter for the job. If you would prefer, the online store
contains additional information about each of the products available. If you will be changing your oil filter, it is the perfect time to give your car a synthetic oil change. This provides your engine with clean oil and a fresh filter to help keep it that way.
How to Change Your Oil and Oil Filter
Like all engine maintenance you do, be sure that your vehicle has all brakes engaged and there are blocks behind the wheels preventing it from rolling. Additionally, your engine’s oil will be hot, so take care to prevent injury.
Removing Your Oil
- Make sure that your car is secure and there are blocks stopping the tires from rolling.
- Make sure any and all brakes have been engaged.
- Use your jack and raise the front of the car until it’s a safe and comfortable level for you to work underneath
- Start your engine and let your car warm up to its regular working temperature.
- Once the temperatures is reached, switch off the car and allow it to rest for a brief period.
- Loosen the oil filter cap under your hood to help with the flow of the old oil
- Underneath your car, look for oil drain plug
- Place a container or a tray underneath to catch the oil
- While making sure you aren’t underneath your oil drain plug, open the plug and allow the flow of oil into your drip tray.
- Once the oil has been emptied, secure the plug once again
Changing Your Oil Filter
- Identify your oil filter and unscrew it. Keep in mind that it may be full of oil and may be hot.
- When you have removed the old oil filter, empty the contents into your drip tray
- Take a rag and clean away any oil present around the filter and its connections
- With your new oil filter in one hand, and still wearing gloves, wipe a small amount of fresh engine oil around the seal of your oil filter.
- Screw the new filter where you removed the old one. Hand tight is fine.
Replacing Your Oil
- Your owner’s manual is going to be the best place to see what type of oil and the quantity your car needs.
- Take your new oil and slowly pour it into your oil intake in small amounts.
- After each pour, allow the oil to settle for a couple seconds and then use your dipstick to monitor the level of your oil.
- When the correct quantity has been supplied, clean the oil intake area and replace the cap.
- Switch on your engine and let your vehicle run for around one minute.
- Monitor the oil light on your dashboard - this should appear only for a few seconds. If it does not disappear, check that all screws and seals are tight and that oil is not leaking from under your car.
There you have it! While it may have taken a little bit of elbow grease, you have just saved yourself a charge at the mechanic and can feel more confident in your vehicle knowledge.
The Right Oil for Your Synthetic Oil Change
Your engine is only as good as the oil that flows through it. When changing your car’s oil, make it a synthetic oil change change to improve your vehicle’s performance. To get the right products for the job, both oil and oil filter, contact Wesco
about which AMSOIL engine lubricant is right for your engine. If you prefer, the online store has additional information on each of the available products