Friday, 4 January 2019


You don't have to be a mechanic to change your own oil. Simply knowing how to identify a few parts and knowing how to use a tool or two could save you some money. 

To start the process you'll first need to identify the drain plug. It is a large nut or plug located under the oil pan at the bottom of the engine. Make sure you have an oil pan in place to prevent spills. 

You now need to unscrew the oil drain plug. Protect your hand with a rag or paper towels (shop towels are a great option, too!) Be ready to move your hand as you unscrew the oil drain plug.

Next, remove the cap from the oil filler hole at the top of the engine and unscrew the oil filter. (By hand or by wrench.) To unscrew the filter, twist it counterclockwise. The filter will have oil in it, so be careful not to spill it when you remove it. If any remnants of the filter’s rubber seal remain on your engine, remove them.

Open a new bottle of oil and dip a finger into it. Use the oil to moisten the gasket on the top of the new oil filter. 
Simply screw the new filter in the same location of the old filter you just removed. 
Clean up the area where the drain plug goes and screw it back in place with an adjustable wrench.

Use a funnel to add fresh oil to the oil filler hole. Replace the oil cap

Check out these How-To videos for more tips!

There you go! You have changed your own oil

Make sure to give Bin There Dump That a call for any of your dumpster needs!

No comments:

Post a comment