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How to Change the Oil in Your Vehicle

Why should you change your oil?

Everybody should change their oil in their vehicles whether or not they do it themselves. Changing your oil yourself is not very hard and saves you money. Changing your oil is very critical. In fact, manufacturers recommended that you change your oil at least every 3,000 miles. You will increase the engine life of your car. The oil is what keeps the engine lubricated. When oil gets old it becomes dirty which causes friction. Draining the old oil and adding new oil will prevent this friction, thus increasing the reliability and life of your engine. It is also necessary to change your oil filter every time you change your oil. The oil filter is what filters out the
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a ratchet and the appropriate socket

Changing your oil

Figure 1Make sure that your vehicle is parked on a flat, level surface. Warm oil drains much easier than cold oil so let your vehicle run for about 10 minutes before you drain the oil. After the engine is nice and warm, jack up the car and place your jack stands under the frame to support the vehicle (refer to figure 1). If you have car ramps, drive the car onto the ramps. In either case, block the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from rolling. Set the parking brake and if you have an automatic transmission, put it in Park.
NEVER GO UNDER A CAR SUPPORTED BY THE JACK ALONE!!
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH CAN RESULT!!!
Figure 2

Watch out for hot oil, it's a good idea to wear safety glasses when changing your oil. Some people like to wear latex examination gloves to help keep their hands clean and pick up the drain plug that will probably fall into the drain pan. You can buy them at the auto parts store like Pep Boys.
 Grab your drain pan and wrench and slide under the car. Locate the oil drain plug on the oil pan (refer to figure 2).
Figure 3 Place your drain pan under the plug and unscrew the plug
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