How-to: Change your car's oil

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When it comes to cars, some basic maintenance is just worth learning. Take, for example, changing a car's oil. This is a simple process that's absolutely necessary to the well-being of a car, but many drivers neglect this step. The reason? They don't have time to take the car for an oil change at our Post Falls Hyundai service center. Next time your schedule is full but the change oil light goes on, here's the rundown of how to do it yourself on your own time. Make sure to start with warm oil (not hot), so it's easier to manipulate what's in your engine.

Materials You Need

  • Oil filter
  • Oil filter removal wrench
  • Drain plug washer (optional: check with the store)
  • Wrench to remove the drain plug
  • Funnel
  • Latex gloves
  • Rags
  • Drain pan
  • Oil
  • Jack and jack stands or ramps (if your car needs to be raised in order to complete this task)

How to Change Your Oil

  • If you're not sure how much or what type of oil to buy, check your vehicle's owner's manual. Make sure you match all the specifications in the manual: amount, brand, and viscosity- this alters on a per-engine basis- and any other requirements.
  • Raise the vehicle if necessary.
  • Locate the oil filter and drain plug. If you have an undercover on your vehicle, you'll need to remove it to locate these parts, and as they do not have standard positions, it can be anywhere under your vehicle.
  • Place the drain pan under the drain plug, offset by several inches on account of the angle at which the oil will come out of the car.
  • Remove the oil filler cap and put on gloves.
  • Remove the drain plug slowly, with your hands out of the path of the oil. This is usually done with a common end wrench, though it may be advisable to switch to using your hands.
  • While the oil drains, take a look at the oil drain plug. If necessary, replace the washer.
  • Replace and tighten the drain plug.
  • Reposition the drain pan and then remove the oil filter. Please keep in mind that this is a messy step, so do this slowly. Drain the filter into the pan by holding it above the pan.
  • Use the rags to clean as much oil as possible off of the area you've been working in. Make sure you check to make sure there are no extra drain plug washers or old filter's rubber gasket stuck to the surface.
  • Spread a small amount of new oil onto the new filter's O-Ring.
  • To install the new filter, you can take your gloves off and spin the filter slowly until the gasket makes contact with the sealing surface. It's imperative that this is well-sealed, because otherwise, an oil leak may ruin your engine.
  • Pour in the new oil at the fill hole, using the funnel and holding the spout at the top to prevent the oil from bubbling.
  • Replace the fill cap and double-check that everything is in the correct place and sealed correctly. Wipe up any spills.
  • Start the engine: let it run for about 30 seconds, check to make sure the oil pressure light has shut off, and then shut your engine off again.

This should give you an idea of the process of changing the oil in your car. Of course, the parts and steps vary slightly depending on the vehicle, so make sure you do the proper research specific to your model, but these are the necessary steps.

We're confident that drivers can do this on their own, but if you're more confident taking it to someone, our service staff at Midway Hyundai is second to none in terms of efficiency and friendliness. Please visit Midway Hyundai at our Post Falls service center to get top-notch service!

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