How to Change Your Car Oil

Oil Change

As you cruise around Amherst, Manchester, and Derry, it’s important to remember to complete routine maintenance as needed. One task your car will need done frequently in order to help preserve the engine and its overall performance is changing the oil. How often you should change your oil depends on an array of factors. Regardless, when the time comes, it’s important to have the oil flushed and replaced.

To aid in your oil change efforts, our team here at Ira Toyota of Manchester has made this handy guide on how to change oil. We’ll walk you through the whole process of changing the engine’s oil, so read ahead to get started!

Step 1: Locate Drain Plug

You’ll have to either crawl underneath your car or use a jack to prop your vehicle up and find the drain plug. The plug is located under the oil pan that’s at the bottom of the engine.

Step 2: Put a Container Underneath the Drain Plug

This container is placed there to catch the old oil that you’ll be draining out of the car.

Step 3: Open the Drain Plug

Unscrew the oil drain plug; let the oil flush out of your engine and into the container you placed underneath the car.

Step 4: Empty the Oil Filter

At the top of your engine, you’ll want to carefully unscrew the filter and empty it into the drain pan you’re using. You can then place the old filter to the side.

Step 5: Install New Filter

Use a little bit of oil to moisten the gasket on the top of the new filter, then go ahead and securely screw the new filter into the engine.

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Step 6: Replace the Drain Plug

Put on the new oil drain plug; make sure it’s completely tight by using an adjustable wrench.

Step 7: Start Pouring in New Oil

Using a funnel, slowly pour the new oil into the filler hole. You can fill it up until there’s about a quart of new oil left.

Step 8: Run Engine

Put on the oil filler cap and start your engine. Let it run for about a minute and check to make sure there are no leaks coming from your car.

Step 9: Check Oil Level

Shut off the engine and wait about 5-10 minutes for the oil to settle. Once it does, you can check to see where the oil level is. Do this by removing the dipstick, wiping it clean, putting it back in, then removing it again and checking its level.

Step 10: Add More Oil if Needed

Depending on where your oil level is, you’ll want to add a little bit of oil at a time until you reach the “full” line that is marked on the dipstick.

Schedule an Appointment to Have Your Oil Changed

You can also schedule an appointment to have your oil changed with us at Ira Toyota of Manchester. Our experienced technicians have performed this job countless times, so they can make sure it’s done properly without any leaks, all while doing so in a speedy, efficient manner.

They will know exactly what type of oil to use to help you get the most out of your specific car and engine as you drive around Amherst, Manchester, and Derry. The convenience we provide you will allow you to bring your car in at a time that fits your schedule, and the peace of mind that the job is being done correctly by professionals is just a huge bonus.

Schedule an appointment with our service center to get your oil changed today!