Engine oil filter Replacement
One of the most important cautions to make is to check the conditions and level of the car engine oil and this should be a regular maintenance routine for car owners because if a car should run out of oil, then that is the end of the engine. Also, the same caution should be taken for Engine Oil Filter Replacement where the filters are designed to trap contents and damaging particles present in the oil. If the oil filter is not kept clean and replaced often and necessary it may get clogged and blocked, which will stop the engine from being properly lubricated and lead to major problems. So if you think you could do with changing the oil but you're not sure where to start, here's how to do an Engine Oil Filter Replacement.
Check the engine oil
It’s important you check your car's engine oil at least once a month and even more frequently if you have an older vehicle - if there's something not quite right with the oil, this can be an early indication of more serious engine trouble. It is recommended that the engine oil should be replaced and changed after a millage of 5,000 - 10,000 km, but it also varies depending on the car and how much driving with the car, so it is advised to check your manufacturer’s instructions if you are not sure. Changing the engine oil is simply a straightforward process, proper care is taken because you are dismantling the engine and you will need the correct instrument to do the job, so make sure you have the following:
- Socket wrench
- Engine oil filter wrench
- Bowl for the collection of old oil
- Rags or newspapers for cleaning.
When doing Engine Oil Filter Replacement, you will need a good quality replacement oil filter and a right amount and grade of engine oil, you are advised to check out for the manufactures instructions to see the type of oil is right for your engine.
Drain off the old oil
Park the car in a flat level surface, put the handbrake on to restrict all movement and leave the engine running for some minutes to warm up the engine oil so it can drain out smoothly and easier. Once the engine is warmed properly, turn off the engine, jack the car up and place it on axle stands so you can get underneath comfortably so as to find the sump plug. Make use of the socket wrench to loosen the sump plug by turning it anti-clockwise. After loosening the plug, turn it slowly by hand and let the oil drain out gently into the bowl, once the stream of oil slows to a drip, put the plug back in it and use the wrench to turn it back clockwise to tighten.
Changing the filter
Check your manufacturer’s instructions to find out the location of the oil filter in the engine before loosening it using the oil filter wrench. Take the new oil filter and put a small amount of motor oil to stop it from causing a leak after installation, then insert it and tighten properly by hand. You may need to tighten it fully using the wrench. Next is to get under the bonnet of the car and fill up the engine with the required grade and amount of new engine oil, making use of the funnel to avoid spillage – it is important to never over top or under fill the engine oil as both can cause engine problems. Then, turn on the car engine and run for some minutes to get the oil flowing properly, turn the engine off to check out the level on the dipstick - if it is in between the minimum and maximum, you're good to go, if not you'll have to add or drain off oil as necessary. Once all these steps have been done properly, put the old oil in a suitable container and dispose of it safely and responsibly to avoid pollution or preferably, you can recycle it at local waste disposal centres.