Alright, get yourself back under that car of yours, and try to find a white or blue-colored cylinder – that’s the oil filter, your new best friend. The thing with filters is, they don’t have a standard location, so to speak, and they can be on the back, the front, of either side of your engine, depending on the car you’re driving. You have you new filter with you, right? Take a firm look at it, so that you get an image in your head of what you’re looking for. Usually, the filter is just a small cylinder of about 4 to 6 inches long, and 2-3 inches wide, almost like a soup can.
Next, you need to unscrew the filter itself. Get a nice strong grip on it, and start twisting – nice and slow, counter-clockwise – no need for rush here, guys. Sometimes the filter may be somewhat slippery, cause of the grease in the engine compartment, but it shouldn’t create any problems for you. Try using mechanics gloves – they’ll be really handy in this type work.
Ok, you gotta make sure that your pan is firmly positioned under your car and is ready to take the spilling oil in. Yeah, there will be some oil in the filter, and it’ll start draining, as you do the unscrewing, so, be careful. Also, see to it that the rubber gasket ring also comes off, when you remove the filter. This is really important: if you don’t get it off, the replacement filter won’t be able to seal as it should, and there will be leaks – and you don’t want that to happen, believe me. If the gasket ring sticks to the car, try peeling it off with your bare fingers, or use something sharp, like a screwdriver, to scrape all the sticky stuff off.
If you wanna avoid too much oil draining in the process of removing the filter, I suggest you wrap a plastic bag, or something like that, around the filter – that’ll help contain any oil leaks, and thus, you’ll be able to concentrate on the removing, and won’t have to worry about the spilling. When you finish up with the unscrewing, just put the filter upside down – still wrapped in the bag – so that it can drain out completely.
Installing the replacement oil filter
Ok, let’s get up-close and personal with your new filter. You should dip your finger tips (maybe just one is enough) in your newly-bought oil, and smear it nicely on the rubber ring of the replacement filter. This is done to lubricate the rubber gasket, so that there can be a solid seal for the filter, and, also, to ensure an easy and hassle-free removal, when the time comes.
In addition, it is a good idea to pour a really small amount of oil directly into the filter before installing it. This will help your car to regain normal oil pressure a lot faster.
So, carefully start screwing on your new filter, and make sure that you’re not crossing the threads. Don’t be afraid to overdo it – you’ll usually know, when it’s enough. If not, check out the manual of your newly-bought filter. As a general rule, if the rubber gasket touches, that’s almost it – screw it just a little bit more, and you’re good.
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