I'm sure a lot of you already know how to change your own oil, but just in case you don't know how, this is a quick easy tutorial for you. You would be surprised of the number of people who have never popped their hood to look at the engine here in Japan.
So, an oil change is one of the most basic and most important maintenance options you can perform on your vehicle to keep it in tip top shape. Why is that, by the way? Well, the oil is what lubricates your engine and reduces friction, lowering the heat from friction, and preventing the engine from seizing. And it's a catastrophe if your engine seizes. Let's just say it would be more cost effective if you purchased a new car instead of trying to repair the engine.
Anyways, what you will need to change your oil is:
1. The appropriate oil
2. An appropriate oil filter
3. A funnel
4. A container to drain oil into
5. Oil filter wrench
6. An appropriate socket wrench for your oil drain plug (usually 6mm, 9mm, 13mm or 19mm).
7. A jack to raise the front of the vehicle.
So what do you need to do?
1. Raise your vehicle using the jack to get underneath to reach the engine oil drain plug and oil filter, and remove your keys.
2. Remove your oil cap.
3. Crawl under your car, and locate your oil pan. Make sure it is not your transmission oil reservoir, and use the socket wrench to loosen the engine oil drain plug.
4. Remove the oil drain plug and drain the oil into your oil pan.
5. Use the oil filter wrench to remove the oil filter.
6. Lubricate your new oil filter with a little bit of your replacement oil. Just rub it on the oil filter gasket with your finger.
7. Install your new oil filter, and make sure to tighten it well to prevent leaks using the oil filter wrench.
8. Replace the oil drain plug, and tighten appropriately to prevent leaks.
9. Fill your car up with the appropriate amount of oil. Make sure you use the appropriate type of oil too!
10. Lower your car, and turn it on. Let the oil run through the engine, and allow for the engine oil to get moving. This usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes.
11. Turn off your car, and check the engine oil levels to ensure they are at the levels they need to be.
And you are done!
Make sure you dispose of your used oil and filters appropriately! Take them to your local recycling facility to dispose of the properly. Protect your environment, and make sure you do not just pour the oil somewhere!
We at Autorec change the engine oil on all of our cars from Japan before shipping, to ensure your engine does not seize when it reaches you.