How to Change Your Oil: A Step-by-Step Guide

March 29th, 2017 by

Oil Change
Getting your oil changed in a timely manner is essential to the safety, performance, and longevity of your vehicle’s powertrain, acting as the essential lubricant that prevents friction in the pistons. If you want to save some money on your next oil change and you’re comfortable performing basic technical tasks on a vehicle and following directions, then follow this guide to find out how to change your oil. Before you get started, though, make sure you have a wrench set, safety glasses, rags for spillage, and a rubber mallet.

Prepping for the Oil Change

Start out by getting under the car and use a box end wrench and rubber mallet to loosen up the screw plug, removing the plug from the oil stream right away. After that, clean up the drain plug and, in some circumstances, put in a new gasket. After that, you’ll want to remove the old oil filter along with the rubber oil filter gasket. You can recycle the old oil by putting it into a plastic jug and disposing of it appropriately.

Adding New Oil and Finishing Up

Now that you’ve prepped, the next part is fairly straightforward. First, pop the hood and use a funnel to pour an appropriate oil type into the oil tank. Continue adding oil until the oil light goes out on the gauge cluster in the dashboard. Wait a few minutes for the oil to settle before checking the dipstick to make sure it’s at the appropriate level. Add more oil as needed.

Get Your Oil Changed at Airport Marina Honda

It’s true that changing your own oil can save you some cash, but if you haven’t spent much time trying to make your away around a car before and simply want it to be taken care of it for you, the certified technicians at Airport Marina Honda will be happy to service your vehicle with oil changes, filter changes, and other standard maintenance and repairs. Come see us at 5850 W. Centinela Avenue in Los Angeles, CA Monday through Saturday for service, and you can contact us online or over the phone at (855) 477-4642.

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