Owning a car, even if it’s a Porsche, is a responsibility. It needs proper maintenance to function at its best. Although there are experts in NYC to help you with it, you shouldn’t be afraid to do the job yourself. One of the tasks that you need to learn is changing the oil.
Now, what are the steps you need to take? Formula Motorsports explains below.
1. Prepare your car
Run the engine at least five minutes before you do an oil change. Keep in mind that warm oil tends to flow much easier, making the task much easier. Just don’t overdo it or you might get burnt.
2. Find the oil plug
Elevate the car and try to find the oil plug. You can find it toward the car’s rear end near the engine. You may try to check your owner’s manual and ensure that you’ve got the proper plug before moving on to the next task.
3. Remove any oil
Put the drain pan just beneath the plug. Then loosen the plug with a wrench and turn it counterclockwise. Oil will soon start to drain once you’ve removed the plug. Be careful with the oil as it can be hot.
You might want to replace the drain plug if it looks worn out or already flat. Ensure that you don’t tighten it too much so it won’t be difficult to do it again next time. Empty the oil filter onto the oil pan as well and wipe it with a rag. Change the oil filter if necessary.
4. Add the new oil
After you’ve put the filter and drain bolt in place, you may now add oil. Consult the owner’s manual for safety measures.
You have to change your oil every 6–12 months to ensure that the engine is in proper condition. Properly dispose of the oil into a leak-proof container and take it to a gas station or your nearest local auto shop. Used car oil is considered a hazardous chemical; they will know how to dispose of it properly.