DIY Oil Change Tips with Shell Lubricants

DIY Oil Change Tips with Shell Lubricants

In these isolated times, what better way to spend your hours than self-development. With Shell Lubricants, TOGETHER ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, even enhancing your skills by learning to change your own oil at home. The thought of an oil change may seem difficult but changing your own oil may be simpler than you think and even cost-effective! 

N.B. For best results, always change your oil soon after the engine has been shut down and while it is still hot. If the oil is allowed to cool to ambient temperature, the particles or contaminants dispersed in the oil (carbon, oxidation deposits, dirt, wear particles, etc.) will settle out in the bottom of the oil sump. As the oil cools down, the viscosity or thickness also increases. Therefore, if the oil is drained when cool, most of these contaminants will adhere as sediment in the sump as the thicker cool oil is drained, and these will remain to contaminate the new oil when added. However, when the oil is still hot, the contaminants remain dispersed in it and the oil is thinner and so flows more freely, flushing the contaminants out as it flows from the sump drain.

CAUTION: Always use workman’s gloves and exercise due caution when changing oil with the engine hot so as to avoid burns or other injuries. Use goggles to protect your eyes from hot oil splash and have clean rags handy for use in the cleanup.

Before we begin, you should have your oil, oil filter and proper size wrench at hand. 

We will walk you through a standard oil change efficiently and effectively with some simple steps. Ensure that the vehicle is on a level surface and that the hand brakes are up before starting. 

  1. Time to Jack Up – Lift the car enough, giving yourself enough room to work. Most cars may have an undertray to protect essential elements. Once off, examine the area for oil leaks. 
  1. Unscrew and Drain – Position your container to catch the oil being drained out, to avoid any messy situations. Unscrew the drain plug, allowing the oil to transition from a heavy flow to a slight drip.
  1. Dispose of Old Filter – Now it’s time to get your hands on the old oil filter.  Unscrew and remove the old filter. Before installing the new filter BE SURE to check that the O-shaped rubber ring is still in place. Clean up oily surroundings before installing a new oil filer.
  1. Bolt-In and New Filter On – Replace and tighten the drain plug (do not over tighten). Then, take your new oil filter and apply a small amount of oil around the rubber gasket at the top of the filter. Now it’s time to screw on that new filter.
  1. New Oil Fill Up – Now that you have the replaced oil filter and drain plug, remember to put back the undertray and lower the car back to ground level. Let us pop the hood and fill up! Ideally, a funnel can be used to do this according to engine capacity (refer to owner’s manual or mechanic).
  1. Check Oil Level, Leaks and You’re Done – After waiting a couple of minutes for the oil to settle, use the dipstick to ensure oil is at the appropriate level. Pull out the dipstick, wipe away oil, reinsert the dipstick and make sure oil is lined up with the fill marking on the dipstick. Lastly, start up your vehicle till warm idle and check for leaks under and around the oil filter.

There you have it! You’re done. Just some simple and easy tips from Shell Lubricants!

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