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How to Change Your Car’s Oil

Having enough fresh oil running through your car’s engine is essential to its everyday health and performance. Since oil breaks down the more you drive your car, it’s important that vehicle owners change their oil at routine intervals to protect the life of their engine.

Those who want oil change services provided for them are urged to seek help from a certified service center in their area, like Pecheles Automotive with locations in Greenville, Washington, and New Bern.

For the DIY-ers at heart, here are five steps to changing your car’s oil and filter, starting with the items you’ll need to make the switch.

Materials Needed to Change Your Car’s Oil from Home

  • A cool car, so let your car’s engine cool completely before changing oil.
  • Jack stands
  • Wrench
  • Catch pan
  • New oil filter
  • Fresh motor oil

Step 1: Prepping the Vehicle

Raise the vehicle up on jack stands and position yourself underneath the car. Place the oil catch pan underneath the drain plug and unscrew the oil drain plug with a wrench.

Step 2: Draining the Old Oil

Remove the plug so that the old oil drains down into the pan. Next, loosen and remove the old oil filter, ensuring that all the old oil has drained out.

Step 3: Installing the New Filter

Install the new oil filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Slightly oil the new gasket with motor oil before installation.

Step 4: Cleaning Up

Once the filter has been installed, the drain plug can be put back into place and tightened. The old oil in the oil pan should be discarded at an approved recycling center.

Step 5: Adding Fresh Oil

Now, you can get out from underneath the car and pop the hood. Add the fresh oil to the proper level and confirm that there are no leaks present.

The Importance of Regular Oil Changes

Your car’s engine will last much longer and perform far better simply by ensuring that it’s always running on the proper amount of fresh motor oil.

Whether you prefer to do your oil changes at home or would rather have a certified technician handle them, the important part is that you’re getting them done on a routine basis. For most vehicles, this is somewhere between 5,000 and 7,500 miles, but you should always go by your manufacturer’s recommendation for your car’s specific make and model, which can be found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Schedule Your Oil Change Today!

If you would like to have one of our service professionals quickly take care of your oil change, then contact Pecheles Automotive. We have locations in Greenville, Washington, and New Bern, NC. Call today and they will be happy to get you set up for an oil change appointment.