How Do I Change My Oil?

August 12th, 2018 by


What is motor oil? Motor oil helps cool your engine, and reduces friction in the moving parts of your engine, but over time it breaks down and becomes ineffective. Neglecting to change your oil can result in overheating under the hood and permanent engine damage. Find out instructions for how to change your oil below, or get your oil changed by your West Caldwell-area service center at Paul Miller Toyota of West Caldwell to keep your vehicle running smoothly.

What You’ll Need

  1. Car jack and jack stands
  2. Oil recovery pan
  3. Rubber gloves
  4. Wrench for drain plug and new drain plug washer
  5. Oil filter remover
  6. New oil and oil filter according to your specific vehicle

Oil Removal

  1. Clear a safe, dry, and flat space to work on your car.
  2. Let the car idle for 5 or 10 minutes to warm up the oil.
  3. Turn the car off (and apply the parking brake for safety).
  4. Locate the jacking points to safely jack up the vehicle on one side, putting jack stands in place.
  5. Put an oil recovery pan below the engine to catch the oil, and wait 10 more minutes for the oil to cool before proceeding further.
  6. Put on the rubber gloves, and under the hood, remove the oil cap.
  7. Under your vehicle, locate the engine drain plug below the engine, and unscrew it (counter-clockwise).
  8. Remove the paper or felt drain plug gasket.
  9. Wait for the oil to drain into the oil removal pan, which may take several minutes.
  10. Put the new washer on and screw the drain plug tightly back in place.
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Oil Filter Replacement

  1. While still under the hood, find the oil filter (about soup can size), which may be located on the front, side, or back of the engine.
  2. Move the drain pan under the filter to catch any spillage, and slowly unscrew the filter counter-clockwise.
  3. Take the new oil filter and lubricate the inside of the oil filter gasket with the new oil you have purchased.
  4. Screw on the new filter tightly to make sure there is no future leakage.

New Oil

  1. Make sure you have the correct oil for your vehicle according to your owner’s manual.
  2. Under the hood, add the new oil at the fill hole.
  3. Put the fill cap back on.
  4. Check under your vehicle to make sure there is no leakage.

Last Checks

  1. Start the engine and make sure the oil pressure light goes off.
  2. Put the vehicle in park and check underneath for leaks and drips again.
  3. Run the engine for about one minute to make sure everything is working smoothly.
  4. Store the old oil in a sealed container until you can safely dispose of it–many retailers and service centers will accept it.

More From Paul Miller Toyota of West Caldwell

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