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OIL CHANGING MADE EASYBy Steven ScoleriChanging the oil in your car every three thousand miles is about the single most important maintenance item you can do for your automobile Its really very easy takes about forty minutes saves money and hassle over taking the car to someone else and you have the satisfaction of knowing it was done correctlyWHAT YOULL NEED Oil drain pan Ratchet drive 38 is a good size 3 ratchet extension A 38 driven socket proper size obtained from owners manual of the particular car A rubber mallet Filter wrench designed to fit the end of the oil filter A Bright flashlight or a fluorescent shop light A floor jack or the jack that was provided with car Two jack stands Rags paper towels old newspapers or clean disposable diapers A plastic funnel A grease pencil Oil type and amount depending on car see owners manual A new aluminum drain bolt gasket An empty gallon plastic milk jug possibly two Some automotive hand cleaner Some type of coveralls or drop cloth for staying clean while crawling under the carNOTE Please read the owners manual of the particular car before proceeding basic knowledge of the vehicle is requiredWarm the oil by running the engine for several minutes If the car has just been on the road wait about an hour before starting this procedure to avoid contacting hot engine parts and hot oil Warm oil is desirable hot oil is not Set the parking brake andor chock the rear wheels to prevent car from rolling Raise the hood and remove the oil filler cap on the valve cover see owners manual Place the jack under the correct jacking point see owners manual usually just aft of the front wheel under the cars frame Using the jack raise one side of the car enough to place a jack stand under the frame Lower the jack gently until the car rests on the jack stand
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