How Does an Oil Change Work?

May 29th, 2018 by

Male adding oil with a funnel

Regular oil changes are vital to keeping your South Plainfield vehicle running smoothly and efficiently for years to come. While the staff at VIP Honda is well-trained and ready to change your oil, we know some drivers prefer to handle it themselves. Luckily, are are here to guide you through changing your oil step-by-step!

Drain the Old Oil

Before putting in new oil, you first have to change out the old oil. South Plainfield drivers know that safety is important, which is why it is crucial to protect your hand with a glove or towel. Start by finding the drain plug beneath your vehicle. It will usually be a large nut located under the oil pan closer to the bottom of the engine. To do this properly, you will need to jack up your car.

After locating the nut, place a container underneath to collect the oil. Open the nut. Once this has happened, the old oil will begin to drain so be prepared!

Change the Filter

After you’ve drained the old oil, the next step is to remove the old filter. While sometimes this can be done by hand, you may need a wrench so have one handy. Place the old filter in the container with the old oil so you can keep it from dripping into unwanted areas.

After you’ve removed the old filter, be sure to put a new one to take its place. It’s a good idea to lubricate the gasket with a little bit of oil, so use old oil or new oil to do this. Once you’ve put the filter into place, put the nut back into place to secure the area.

Add New Oil

Not you’re ready for the last step! Simply pour it into the top of the engine using a funnel. Your car manual should tell you how much oil to use. Once you are finished, look under the vehicle to make sure you aren’t leaking oil!

Get Service Advice at VIP Honda

Changing your oil is easy, but sometimes you just don’t have the time or patience to do it yourself or you aren’t 100% confident you know how an oil change works. If this is the case, let the experts at VIP Honda do it for you. We’ve been helping North Plainfield drivers with vehicle service for years using genuine parts, so contact us to schedule your service appointment or stop by our dealership near Union today for tips on how to understand your Honda dashboard warning lights!

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