HOW TO CARRY OUT AN OIL SERVICE
- Always read the manufacturers’ handbook before attempting a DIY service. This will ensure that you locate and fit the correct part for the make and model of the vehicle.
- Ensure you have all the tools and parts needed at hand before you commence the oil service. These are: clean engine oil, new oil filter, new sump plug washer, oil filter wrench, spanner or socket set, oil catch pan, rags, car jack and axle stands.
- Park the vehicle on a flat service and jack it up using axle stands to prevent the car from moving while you are working on it. DO NOT WORK UNDERNEATH A VEHICLE THAT IS BEING SUPPORTED ONLY BY A JACK!
- It is best to do an oil service when the engine oil is warmed up, this helps with the flow of the oil as it empties from the sump. Let the vehicles’ engine run for approximately 15 minutes before proceeding with the oil change. Turn the engine off before commencing with the oil service.
- Locate the sump drain plug, place your oil drain pan or an old container underneath, and using the correct socket, loosen the drain plug. Exercise caution as the oil being drained will be very hot.
- Once the oil has drained, use an oil filter wrench to remove the oil filter. The oil filter will contain some motor oil, be careful when removing it.
- Lightly coat the sealing ring of the new filter with clean engine oil. Install the new filter onto the spigot. Ensure that the filter is not over tightened.
- Once the oil sump has been drained completely, install a new sump plug washer and fill the engine with clean motor oil. Carefully pour the new motor oil whilst monitoring the oil level using the dipstick. Take caution not to overfill.
- Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes. The oil pressure light on the dashboard must go out within 5-10 seconds. Check for any leaks in the engine bay.
- Once the oil service is completed, the used engine oil must be disposed of safely. Do not flush the used engine oil down a toilet or in a drain or dump it with household refuse as it is highly toxic.
Contact the Rose Foundation, an organisation that specialises in the disposal and recycling of engine oil, for your nearest drop off point.