Before installing the new oil filter, first take a little bit of clean oil and rub it around the rubber gasket of the new filter. On the next page, you'll learn how to fill your car's engine with the proper amount of oil. As a professional mechanic, I have performed lots of oil changes through the years and replacing oil filters is always part of a complete oil change.While there are many guides on how to change oil filter for a car, mine will focus on the easiest methods and best practices, including what are the common mistakes to avoid. Before performing an oil filter change, you will need to jack up your vehicle, place it on jack stands and drain out the motor oil.
To troubleshoot, repair and maintain your vehicle, you'll need diagnostic and repair information that is specific to your car or truck. Unpack your new oil filter and use some fresh motor oil to lubricate the gasket on the new oil filter. So far you have removed the oil filter, checked that the oil filter sealing surface on the engine is clean and oiled the oil filter gasket on the new one. I thought about changing my own oil the other day, but I then realized that it is not worth my time. I make approximately $71,100 per year before taxes or $62,400 after taxes (a lot of my income is not taxable because I work for the government).
It costs $19.95 to get my oil changed at my local quick lube shop, and it takes them about 15 minutes.
Because it took me and my best friend two hours to finish the job, you could calculate that it cost us $46 worth of our time and that is only counting my salary.
One thing I learned thats stuck with me is that oil doesnt need to be changed every 3, 000 miles any more. I read somewhere that the best way to make money is to do exactly what you are saying – by focusing on where you add the most value and by outsourcing the small tasks. DisclaimerAny information shared on Own The Dollar is provided for informational and entertainment purposes only and does not constitute specific financial advice. NOTE: Some vehicles may be high enough off the ground to reach the oil filter and oil pan and may not require raising the vehicle. Use only SAE 5W-30 Synthetic Engine Oil that meets Chrysler Material Standard MS-11106 or Mercedes Benz MB 229.51 and ACEA C3 qualified engine oils. MOPAR® API Certified SAE 5W-20 engine oil, meeting the requirements of Chrysler Material Standard MS-6395.
Synthetic Engine Oils: You may use synthetic engine oils provided the recommended oil quality requirements are met, and the recommended maintenance intervals for oil and filter changes are followed.
MOPARĀ® API Certified SAE 5W-20 engine oil, meeting the requirements of Chrysler Material Standard MS-6395. Remember, the oil filter holds all the excess sludge and grime that the oil catches while lubricating the engine.
Now it's time to get yourself into position to put the new filter back on.At this stage of replacing an oil filter, it is crucial that you keep the top of the oil filter covered as much as possible while lifting it into position. The amount of money that you spend on any undertaking is money that cannot be put to work in a more productive fashion. The thing about changing the oil in your car is that in all likelihood it took you longer than two hours to do it as you had to get the ramps off your dad and drive over to your friends house and you would have spent time thinking about how exactly you were going to do it.
I only use synthetic so for me it is cheaper to do it myself, and I can be sure that the job is done right. The Website is intended to provide general information only and does not attempt to give you advice that relates to your specific circumstances.


Position floor jack in place, entering from the driver's side of the vehicle and centering it on the cross beam.
Reaching in under the front of the vehicle, carefully install jackstands near the left and right sides. Carefully drive vehicle onto ramps, place vehicle in Park, secure parking brake and turn off ignition.
With a clean shop rag, reach up and clean around the contact area of the oil filter mounting plate. Some owners have reported a slight to moderate overfill reading on the dipstick when installing a full 7 quarts.
Changing the filter is vital to car maintenance because without a new oil filter in place, new engine oil will be passing through the old filter, making it dirty and less effective.
Use the oil filter wrench, available at any automotive maintenance shop, and turn it counterclockwise to loosen the filter. For good vehicle maintenance, it's also a good idea to use a rag to clean off any excess oil around the area where the filter screws onto the engine. With full manuals for over 30,000 vehicles online, you will find an exact match for your vehicle's year, make and model.Besides being cheaper than a factory manual, they also offer step by step repair instructions and detailed diagrams beyond what is found in most printed manuals. You will most likely need to try different positions in order to get the best torque (twisting force) on the oil filter. If the filter sits straight up and down on the engine, it's a good idea to pre-fill the filter with motor oil too.The reason for this is because when you first start the engine after the oil filter change there will be virtually no lubrication because the oil pump will have to fill the filter with oil first. I have heard so many stories about the filter not being changed because someone was lazy, or from personal experience, the mechanic leaving items in the car, getting home and finding a rag or a wrench left under the hood(score!). You should discuss your specific requirements and situation with a qualified financial adviser. Slowly raise the jack enough to slightly lift the vehicle, then re-check that the jack is still centered front to back on the beam.
I also usually "pre-oil" the filter, putting in just enough oil so that it won't spill out when being reinstalled. I drain mine into plastic 2-gallon empty laundry detergent bottles and take them to the recycling center a couple times a year.
Contaminants in used engine oil, caused by internal combustion, can be hazardous to your health. I am not good at carpentry or electrical work either, and if a plumbing job around my house requires more than a quick jiggle of the toilet handle, I’m lost there as well. I can probably change a flat tire if I was really desperate, but I absolutely do not and cannot change my own oil and oil filter. I know that this example is fairly simple and set in the past, but the same would have been true had we done the work yesterday as well. Now washing dishes isn’t the most productive use of my time and I spend a good hour every evening washing and drying the dishes. If on a slope it is recommended to place blocks under the rear wheels for additional safety. Remove the drain plug (counter clockwise) and let oil drain, preferably for at least 15-20 minutes.
Putting in less oil than recommended is not really necessary when the filter has been changed and the oil left to drain for the proper amount of time. Do not rev engine immediately, let it run for a couple minutes and then rpm's can be raised up a bit to circulate the oil.


They can be purchased at any auto maintenance shop for around $5, or up to about $20 for performance filters. One turn with the wrench should loosen it up enough to twist it off the rest of the way by hand. These types of gloves will give you extra grip on the filter and they will protect your hands from used oil. There are many times though when I am tempted to try my hand at what is supposed to be a simple task like changing my own oil in my car, but then I run a quick cost benefit analysis in my head. My best friend and I tried to change the oil on my 1990 Oldsmobile once when we were teenagers, but after two hours of monkeying around and a quart of oil spilled on his parents’ driveway, our days of being automobile mechanics was over. From this simple task I can see that the people who make the real money are those clever enough to realize what they are good at and spend most of their time doing it.
Next, raise the jack just enough to slightly take the pressure off of the jack stands and securely lock the jack.
With a flashlight, and staying clear of engine fan and belts, check the areas around the top of the filter for any leakage.
Do not wash skin with gasoline, diesel fuel, thinner, or solvents, health problems can result.
If you put too much pressure on it while turning it you can end up getting it cross-threaded and that would ruin your whole day.
It could be well worth your time to know your break even opportunity cost for doing any menial task. Remember, you want the filter on tight, but don't over-tighten it either; you could damage the filter and cause it to leak. If there isn't enough room for that then you have to resort to oil filter pliers - This is a special tool that will adjust to the diameter of your oil filter and and create a vice-like grip. We thought that we were slick driving my hand-me-down car up onto the wheel ramps that I borrowed from my dad.
If you could better spend your time, money, and energy making money, maybe you should outsource some of these tasks. It is normal for small amounts of USED oil to drip onto the floor in the next day or so after the change, especially if the area around filter was not thoroughly cleaned. Note that adding a full 7 quarts (with filter change) will never overfill the engine to such an extent that any oil foaming or harm will result, even if the level is beyond the "safe" reading on the dipstick. I ended up driving too far, too fast and almost crashed my car into my friend’s garage.
Another example might be a real estate investor who spends his time fixing up his rental property instead of hiring a property manager. Sure a manager eats into your profits, but wouldn’t it be a better use of your time looking for new real estate deals that could earn you tens of thousands of dollars instead of fixing a clogged drain?
It is counterproductive to save pennies when you spend several dollars for the right to save those few cents.



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