How to change your oil & oil filter
Do you need to replace or change your engine oil filter? Let us show you how with some Repco Know How.
The role of an oil Filter is to protect your engine's lubrication system from dirt, grit, gunk and debris that can clog and starve your engine's components from being well lubricated and in some cases causing scouring your cylinder walls, big end bearings, cam lobes and valves that can result in a smoky engine or even worse, catastrophic failure requiring a replacement engine. by replacing your oil filter you can ensure that you're getting the optimal amount of clean oil through your engine allowing it to run efficient and clean, saving you money in costly repairs.
What you'll need:
- Oil Filter
- Oil - Appropriate amount and type for your engine (use Repco rego search to help you find the right oil for your car
- Socket set - To remove the sump plug
- Oil Filter Wrench - To remove the old oil filter
- Oil Pan - To catch the old oil
- Funnel - To avoid any spillage
- Jack and Axle Stands - to lift your car high enough to get underneath
Repco Top Tip: Warm up the engine for 2-3 mins to make the oil more viscous allowing it to flow easily. We also recommend an engine oil flush additive, this helps to break away any carbon build up in the engine that has occurred over time
- Step 1: Locate and loosen the Sump Plug
- Step 2: Lift up the oil pan as you remove the sump plug
- Step 3: Drain the oil completely, leave it for 5-10 mins till it stops dripping
- Step 4: Replace and tighten the sump plug
- Step 5: Remove the old oil filter - Keep it upright as you remove the filter so it doesn't spill out
- Step 6: Prepare the new oil filter by putting some engine oil around the rubber seal, this prevents the seal from buckling or twisting when you wind it back on.
- Step 7: Check and clean the oil filter area for any grit, old oil filter seals or other contaminants and clean
- Step 8: Wind your filter back on as per your vehicle specifications
- Step 9: Begin to pour your oil into the engine - make sure you check in your owners manual as to how much oil your engine should take, you don't want to over-fill the engine capacity
- Step 10: Replace the oil cap
- Step 11: Check oil indicator on the dash and start your engine, if it
- doesn't go off in 20 seconds then shut the engine off
- Step 12: Check under the car for any oil leaks
- Step 13: Lower the car back onto the ground and check your engine oil level
To keep your engine running at its prime - oil and oil filters should be replaced every 6-9 months, or 8 - 15,000kms. Check your owner manual to see what the correct interval is for you.
With the right tools, it's definitely a job you can do yourself