Changing car oil in regular intervals can improve your engine’s performance, extend the engine life, give a better gas mileage and reduce harmful emissions. Regular oil changes are a must for your car. If you don’t do it, the engine will eventually wear out and fail to start up properly. It’s not just about saving money either; regular maintenance is important because it keeps your vehicle running as long as possible. The more you drive your car, the greater chance of damaging it in some way. You may even be tempted to keep driving until something happens to damage or break down your vehicle. Taking it to a repair station is usually costly and inconvenient for most people. Doing it yourself is another option, but you risk damaging important parts by doing work you shouldn’t on your own vehicle.
An oil change can be very simple or very complex depending on the vehicle and the type of oil used. The owner’s manual should have instructions for performing the service, or you can look up online how to do it. Just make sure you change the oil and oil filter regularly to keep your vehicle running well. In most newer vehicles, changing the oil and oil filter is fairly standard. However, you may need to use a different type of oil in some cases
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Finding the Right Oil for Your Car
You may have to consult your owner’s manual to find out which oil can be used with your vehicle. Be sure the oil you buy has the API (American Petroleum Institute) seal of approval on the label. If you are changing the oil on your own, you should use an oil that has been recommended and meet the Standards of Your Manufacturer for that engine. An oil change usually costs under $5 and can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs if you had no idea that your vehicle needed it. It’s always a good idea to use the oil that came with the vehicle when it was first sold. You can usually find these oils at an auto parts store. In some cases, like in some foreign vehicles, you may need to use a different oil that has been tested for the vehicle use. Older engines often used 10W-30 oil.
Car Oil change steps-
What to do before you begin your oil change : Be sure all parts are EXACTLY where they should be! The process majorly depends on your car model, but the generic steps are as follows. :
- Changing oil filter – Disconnect the negative battery terminal and wait at least one minute before you begin work on the car again.
- Drain and remove old engine oil – This can be done with a drain screw and oil filter wrench that came with your oil filter.
- Install new engine oil – Do this carefully to avoid damaging the engine.
- Connect battery terminal – Put the wrench on the filter and turn it counterclockwise until the filter is loose, then remove the filter.
- Place oil container under car – Add the proper amount of oil for your vehicle to the container. Using a dipstick, check the oil level. Add more if necessary.
- Replace oil filter – Turn the filter clockwise until it is tight.
- Fill and replace oil – Add engine oil until the proper level is reached.
Make sure you read the instructions from your Owner’s manual or better go to a mechanic if you are not sure.
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