Alright, people, welcome to the fifth chapter of my “How To Change The Oil In Your Car” series. it’s time to get the new oil flowing into the fill hole. If you’re not sure about how much exactly you need, check out your owner’s manual once again, it should be under the “Capacities” list.
I recommend holding the oil bottle with the spout on top, this way, the oil will pour in a smooth, even line, and won’t bubble. Make sure you’ve got the right oil. Generally, it’s a safe bet to add 10W-30 to pretty much any car, but, still, consult that manual, or talk to experts at your local auto shop, before proceeding. Also, don’t rely too much on the dipstick – it won’t give you an accurate measurement all the time, especially if you ran the engine a minute ago or so – the stick will read low. If you wanna make an accurate check, just do it in the morning, when the engine’s cool, and settled.
Keep it clean
Next step is replacing the fill cap. But, before you close the hood, make sure to wipe out any oil spills in the area the best you can. Now, that’s because while it’s not a big deal to get a little bit of oil spilled on the crankcase when you’re pouring it, if you forget to clean it out, and run the engine afterwards, when it heats up, there will be some smoke, and you’ll get that smell of burning oil, that can cause a hurly-burly in your neighborhood. Furthermore, that smoke can also stick to your interior, and you’ll gonna have to carry that smell around for quite some time. Do you want that to happen? No, you don’t.
The fun part – starting the engine
As you start up your engine, make sure that the oil pressure light goes off. Then, put your car in park or neutral with the brakes, get back under it, and check thoroughly for any dips, or leaks. This is a really important thing to do – you don’t want your car to have oil draining out of it, when you’re on the road. So, check it carefully – if the drain plug and the filter are not tight enough, there will be some minor leaks. Get the engine running for a couple of minutes, so that the oil pressure pumps up, and make sure that everything is the way it’s supposed to be.
And finally, you’ll gonna need to reset the light that says “Oil Change”. Now, this could differ, it all depends on the brand and edition of your vehicle, so, again, take a look at your manual to learn about the exact set of actions. Next, just pump the gas pedal 3 times within 10 seconds. Then, when you start the car again, the lights will be reset – that means it’s all good.
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