Reasons why you should change the oil regularly and how to do it

08/10/18
Reasons why you should change the oil regularly and how to do it

Regular oil change is crucial for car maintenance. Though it is a chore, anyone can do it. You are probably thinking, “That’s why I take my car to the garage!” Instead of spending Sunday sleeping and eating in front of the TV, it’s time to get up and do something productive. Plus you will save money and extend your car’s life.

How often should you change the oil in your car?

You will get a varied response to this question. Ideally, the recommended time is 3 months or 3000 miles, whichever comes first. But some mechanics say it is okay to stretch it to 6 months or 5000 miles. It is advisable to come in sooner if you drive under severe conditions. The important thing is not to skip it.

What happens if I don’t change the oil?

Oil is essential for lubrication and carrying heat away. Over time, oil picks up dirt and other debris inside the engine and it is unable to do its job effectively. The engine will begin to heat up and the car will not run smoothly. If the situation is not corrected, parts will wear out and the engine will shut down completely. It will then have to be replaced, which is quite expensive.

Get the right oil and oil filter

Before you begin, check the owner’s manual for the right type and weight of oil for your car. Every car manufacturer has specifications about oil viscosity that you should follow closely. Substitutions of any sort can lead to poor engine performance or even damage. So make sure to buy the right oil. While you’re at it, get a new oil filter as well. An economy filter is good for those who change oil regularly, every 3000 miles. But if you are one of those who forgets often, then get the premium one. There is not much difference in the price but a whole lot in their performance.

Oil change in 20 minutes

  1. Spread a sheet of plastic on the ground and drive your car over it. This will make clean up easy.
  2. Set the car on jack stands by initially raising the car with jacks and placing the stands underneath them.
  3. Place all the tools and equipment that you need under the car, including a box-end wrench for opening the drain plug, a filter wrench, the new oil filter, and a drain pan. Make sure to coat the new filter’s gasket with clean oil.
  4. Get underneath the car, remove the oil plug, and let all the old oil flow out into the pan.
  5. Crank off the old filter, making sure the rubber gasket comes with it. Replace with the new filter. Tighten the plug. Wipe any drips with a rag. Now you can get out from under the car.
  6. Add fresh oil from the top with the help of a funnel. Fill the engine until the light on the dashboard disappears. Wait a few minutes before checking with the dipstick. Add more if necessary. Dispose of the old oil properly.