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Properly Changing Your Oil

When you have traveled 5000 miles in your car since your last oil change, you may decide to save a few dollars by changing your oil yourself.  While this can be a great money saver, it can also be a great cause of danger if you do not change your oil properly.  Improperly changed oil may lead to accidents or other vehicle malfunctions.

Steps for a Successful Oil Change

When you change your oil, you will also need to change your oil filter to ensure that your vehicle is running at its peak performance.  In additional to oil and an oil filter, you will need:

  • A wrench, both to open your oil valve and to remove your oil filter
  • A funnel
  • A recycling container to catch the old oil
  • Rags

The first step to properly change your oil is draining your old oil into the recycling container.  Then you should remove the old oil filter, prep the new one by lubricating it with new oil, and reinstalling it.  After this, use the funnel to fill your engine with new oil.  Replace your oil cap, make sure you have the right amount of oil in your engine, and you’re good to go.

Of course, you should consult with your vehicle’s manual to find out how much oil your engine requires.  Ultimately, if you are not comfortable with changing your oil, you should spend the extra money to have your oil changed at a service station.

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If a car’s engine oil is not correctly changed, it can lead to dangerous mechanical malfunctions. If you have been injured by the actions of a negligent mechanic or other party, contact the Milwaukee car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®

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