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DIY Oil Change Guide for Used Cars by C&G Family Auto

Welcome to the DIY Oil Change Guide brought to you by C&G Family Auto Used Cars! Keeping your vehicle in top condition is essential, and one of the fundamental maintenance tasks you can perform yourself is changing the oil. This guide will walk you through the steps to change your oil, ensuring your car runs smoothly and efficiently.

Why Change Your Oil?

Regular oil changes are a crucial aspect of vehicle maintenance. They ensure that your engine is lubricated, reducing friction and wear on its moving parts. This not only improves your car's performance but also extends its lifespan. At C&G Family Auto and Used Cars, we emphasize the importance of regular oil changes to keep your vehicle in prime condition.

What You'll Need

Before you begin, make sure you have the following items:

  • New oil (check your vehicle’s manual for the correct type and amount)

  • New oil filter (specific to your vehicle model)

  • Oil catch pan

  • Wrench set (for draining oil and removing the oil filter)

  • Funnel

  • Gloves

  • Rags or paper towels

Step-by-Step Oil Change

  1. Prepare Your Vehicle: Park your car on a level surface and turn off the engine. Wait for the engine to cool down.

  2. Locate the Drain Plug: Under your car, find the oil pan and its drain plug. Place your oil catch pan beneath it.

  3. Drain Old Oil: Using the wrench, carefully remove the drain plug. Allow the old oil to completely drain into the catch pan. Once drained, replace and tighten the drain plug.

  4. Replace Oil Filter: Remove the old oil filter using the wrench. Apply a little new oil to the gasket of the new oil filter, then install it by hand.

  5. Add New Oil: Open your car’s hood and locate the oil fill cap. Remove the cap, insert a funnel, and pour in the new oil, following the quantity recommended in your vehicle's manual.

  6. Check Oil Level: After adding the new oil, use the dipstick to check the oil level. Ensure it's within the recommended range.

  7. Dispose of Old Oil Properly: Take the old oil and filter to a recycling center or an auto parts store that accepts used oil.

Final Checklist

To ensure a successful oil change, follow this simple checklist:

  •  Correct type and amount of oil

  •  New oil filter installed

  •  No leaks from the drain plug or oil filter

  •  Proper disposal of old oil and filter

By following this guide, you can perform an oil change with confidence, knowing you're contributing to the longevity and efficiency of your vehicle. Remember, regular maintenance is key to vehicle health, and C&G Family Auto and Used Cars is here to help with all your auto needs.

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