Changing your oil is important to the car’s longevity and performance. The oil inside the engine changes and deteriorates over time. Therefore, you need to change the oil on a regular basis. You’ll find many service centers in the Lewistown, Bellefonte, and State College areas that can change your car’s oil for you. However, you can save some money when you change the oil yourself. Read our step-by-step guide below on how to change your oil. To have your oil changed by an expert, schedule a service appointment today!
What You’ll Need
Changing the car’s oil tends to be an easy process if you have the right materials. You’ll need an appropriate-sized wrench for the drain plug, a pan or large container to serve as an oil drain collector, a funnel, and gloves or rags to protect your hands. You also need the right oil and oil filter replacement.
How to Change Your Oil
Before starting your oil change, you first need to read the owner’s manual to ensure you have the right replacement oil for your engine and the right amount. If you don’t have enough oil, you’ll need to buy more. Then start the car and warm the engine for 2-3 minutes. Warm oil flows more easily out of the drain.
Locate the drain plug at the bottom of the engine and place the oil drain collector underneath the drain plug. You should wear gloves or use a rag when you unscrew the drain plug to keep your arms and hands from being covered in oil.
Remove the oil filler cap at the top of the engine and unscrew the oil filter by turning it counterclockwise. Be careful when you clear the filter of oil that you don’t drop it into the collector.
When you open the new oil bottle, stick your finger in it. Using your finger, lubricate the new filter’s O-ring. Screw the new filter into place until the O-ring securely connects with the sealing surface.
Wipe the drain plug area down and clear it of all the old oil. Replace the old drain plug gasket with a new one and secure the drain plug back into position.
You should pour all but one quart of new oil through the funnel into the oil filler hole. Put the oil filler cap back on.
Start the car and let it run for about a minute. After turning the engine off, check under the car for leaks. Finally, check the oil level using the dipstick. Add more oil until the oil level reaches the full line.
Oil Changes at Our Service Center
If you still have questions about how to change your oil or are unsure whether you want to handle it yourself, stop by our service center. At the Lake Dealerships Ford, our skilled technicians will change your oil and will use only high-quality oil for your car. We will work around your schedule and perform the oil change as quickly as possible so that you can return to your daily routine. You can also use our online Ask a Service Tech tool, and a technician will talk you through how to change the oil yourself.
Visit The Lake Dealerships Ford Today
We hope this guide explained everything you need to know about how to change your oil yourself. If you’re uncomfortable or too busy to do the procedure yourself, schedule an appointment with our service department. If you live in the Lewistown, Bellefonte or State College areas, come to The Lake Dealerships Ford for your oil change and all your car maintenance needs. Find an oil change near you to get started!