Tips and Tricks of Changing your Oil

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Changing your oil is one of the best ways to insure the longevity of your engine's life and extend its efficiency while keeping it out of the shop for good.

1) The first thing you're going to want to know is what kind of oil your car takes. If this isn't written in your owner's manual, the best thing to do is call a dealership of the car make you have. These guys will know the exact oil for the exact model and year you need. For example: BMW dealership.

2) Prepare your tools ahead of time so you're not scrambling around trying to find them later. You're going to need a torque wrench, wrench or socket with extension, a quality oil filter like a Purolator filter and enough oil for a fresh fill and for topping it off later. Purolator filters are ideal for the conventional oil change, provides premium protection for everyday driving, and Provides premium protection for everyday driving. Next, to keeps things nice and clean, you'll need a drain pan, preferably a closed one, to collect the used engine oil. If you've got a car ramp or jack stand to work under life will be easier. Lastly, a vinyl shower curtain liner, will keep spilled oil at bay. If you spill some oil, you can just wipe the liner.

3) Your owners manual will list oil capacity for your engine, as well as specific weights of oil allowed or required. Note, if differentiated, you will always want to choose the quantity under “with oil filter,” since filter and oil are being changed at the same time.

4) Since warm oil flows easier, and you want as much of it out as efficiently as possible driving several miles before is a good idea.

5) No matter how hard it is to pull out the oil filter drain plug, don't re-tighten it all the way. Use a torque wrench with the manufacturer’s recommended setting to confirm the drain plug will not leak, yet can be loosened at the same time.

6) It always a good idea to add a light coat of fresh oil around the new oil filter’s gasket for a better seal and less chance of leaks.

7) It's possible not to put in the right amount of oil, so having an extra quart or two in the trunk is crucial if you suddenly find the level low but don’t have access to the exact brand and weight when it is needed.

8) Disposing of oil can be tricky. If there isn't a program for accepting used motor oil in your city, try contacting a fleet manager in commercial garage buildings. These commonly use waste-oil heating systems and should be willing to relieve you of your oil.

I was paid by Purolator to review for this post with Burst Media, all thoughts and opinions are my own. All products were provided by Purolator; however are items I genuinely enjoy and feel are appropriate for my site.

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November 9, 2013 1:31 PM | Guides

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