Dirty or bad oil increases engine wear and, consequently, affects vehicle performance. In fact, particles and residues will clog the flow, to the point of causing overheating and low efficiency.Make sure your car is not damaged by following these tips for a proper oil change.
How to do the right oil change
These recommendations are for a vehicle that has normal use.
However, if the car has to be driven in extreme weather circumstances, with very low or very high temperatures, the oil will have to be changed more frequently, as these aspects will cause the lubricant to have a shorter useful life.
It is always important to measure the lubricant level. A low or excessive oil level can cause problems in the vehicle. Without going any further, if the oil level is not low, it is very likely that the engine is not functioning optimally. In this case, the best thing to do is to go to a mechanic’s workshop to check its condition.
#1: Know how often to change the oil
The frequency of oil changes in the car is key for the engine to always have an adequate performance. Proper frequency prevents wear, optimizes performance and prolongs engine life.
Oil changes should be carried out in all vehicle models regardless of their age. However, in more modern cars it is very likely that this change frequency will be extended over time.
#2: Choose the right products
Check that the oil and filter are the right ones for your car. In the manual, you will be able to identify clues as to what standards the oil should meet and how often it should be replaced.
It is highly recommended to change the car’s oil at the same time as changing the filter to ensure better performance. The filter traps impurities, so if you keep the old one the new oil gets contaminated faster and loses its properties. In this way, you also extend the life of the engine and obtain maximum efficiency.
#3: Consider surface and temperature during the change
One aspect to take into account is the way in which you should carry out the oil change. To do this, you should place your car on a flat surface and with the engine warm. This will allow the engine fluid to be completely emptied, preventing it from mixing with the new fluid and contaminating it.
#4: Clean the surroundings
Another essential aspect to take into account is the cleanliness of the whole area and the components associated with the oil change in the car. Don’t forget to leave the place where the new filter occupies, the crankcase drain plug and the engine well cleaned for optimal performance.
#5: Look for a professional
Also remember that a specialized professional guarantees an efficient oil change. Leaving it in expert hands prevents costly damage and makes the life of the oil itself much longer.
Preparation before and during the oil change
Start the engine for a few minutes so that the oil warms up a little. Cold oil drains worse than if it has a warm temperature. If the car has been running, be careful, the fluid could be hot.
The next step is to loosen the oil reservoir cap. As it is quite tight, it is best to do it little by little with a wrench. Once it is completely unscrewed, the oil contained in the reservoir will fall into the oil pan that you have placed.
Now it is time to fill the tank with new oil. For greater safety, it is necessary to place the funnel over the hole and pour the oil. Previously, it is very important that you check the capacity of the tank to use the right amount of oil.
Remember that at American Petroleum we distribute world renowned oils. For your next maintenance, don’t forget to contact us and ask for the products you need.