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How to Change Your Car's Oil: Part 1

Watch more How to Take Care of Your Car videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Change your car's oil and never pay for a quick-change again! Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Changing your oil can be dangerous, so be careful. If the car is jacked up incorrectly, you can hurt yourself and damage the car. Step 1: Prepare the car Park the car on a level surface, apply the emergency brake, and let it cool off for at least an hour before you start working. Step 2: Check your oil supply Your owner's manual will specify the right kind and quantity of oil for your car's specific make and model. Make sure the oil is certified by the American Petroleum Institute. Step 3: Block the wheels Place sturdy, heavy objects (like bricks or rocks) behind and in front of the two back wheels to block them. Step 4: Jack up the car Check your owner's manual to find the jack point -- the correct placement for a jack -- under the car's front wheels. Use the jack to raise the car off the ground. Then, slide the jack stands under the car to bear the car's weight. Warning Never get under a car supported solely by a jack. Step 5: Remove the oil-filler cap Open the hood, and locate the oil-filler cap. Take it off, and put it somewhere safe. Tip Most oil caps are marked with an icon that looks like Aladdin's lamp. Step 6: Loosen the plug Slide under the car and position the oil pan on the ground directly under the engine. With the box or adjustable wrench, loosen the drain plug by turning it counterclockwise. Step 7: Drain the oil Cover your fingers with the towel and remove the plug. Adjust the pan so all the oil drains into it. While the oil is draining, you can switch out the old drain-plug gasket with a new one Tip The drain plug is usually closer to the front of the car. On some models, it's labeled. If the fluid coming out is red, you've removed the transmission plug by mistake -- screw it back on and locate the drain plug. Step 8: Replace the drain plug After 15 to 20 minutes, when the oil has completely drained, screw the drain plug back on with your fingers. Tighten it with the wrench, being careful not to overtighten. Step 9: Get rid of the old oil Pour the used oil from the pan into a disposable container with a lid, and set it aside. You're halfway there -- see How to Change Your Car's Oil: Part 2 to finish the task. Did You Know? Depending on the make and model, you should change your car's oil every 3,000 to 6,000 miles.
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