Many people may think changing the oil in your vehicle is a difficult and lengthy procedure. In fact, it’s not that tough if you follow a few basic steps. Draining the oil, placing the oil pan in the right place, and putting on the new filter, shouldn’t be too hard after following these easy steps. You can also save yourself a little bit of money.
First of all, to change your oil you need to go to the nearest auto-parts store and buy five quarts of oil and a new oil filter. Make sure that you get the same size filter that is on your vehicle now. Next, you will need to drive your vehicle up onto car ramps, however, if you don’t have your vehicle up onto the ramps, however, if you don’t have access to any car ramps you can still change the oil from the ground.
When your vehicle is positioned upon the ramps have a friend or a neighbor put cement blocks underneath the back tires for extra support. Now it is time to begin draining your oil. Make sure you have a bucket underneath the oil pan to collect the oil.
Now you need to remove the drain plug, located on the bottom of the oil pan, and have the bucket catch the oil. When the oil is done draining you will now turn the oil filter counter-clockwise and catch the excess oil in your bucket. When all the oil is drained and the old oil filter is successfully removed you can put the drain plug back in the oil pan.
It’s time to put on the new filter. First, you must slightly dip your finger in the new oil and rub it around the rubber seal of the new filter. Then you turn the filter clockwise and screw it in hand tight. If you make it too tight it can damage the filter and create greater problems for your vehicle.
Now you may back your vehicle off the ramps slowly, without starting it, because you haven’t put the new oil in; you must make sure you have a friend or neighbor remove the blocks while you are holding the brakes down, and then slowly roll down the ramps.
Changing the oil in your car every three thousand miles is about the single most important maintenance item you can do for your automobile. It is really very easy, takes approximately forty minutes, saves money and hassle overtaking the car to someone else, and you have the satisfaction of knowing it was done correctly.
Lubricating oil becomes contaminated by different matter (dust, water, fuel, swear, etc.). Engine lubricating oil filters cannot be cleaned. The lubricating oil and the oil filter have now done their work and it is time that they are changing. Like the human body, the less contaminated the Life Blood of an engine the longer it will Live.
It is therefore advisable not to exceed the service period for lubricating oil and filters recommended by the manufacturer. To change the contaminated oil in your vehicle rapidly, safely, and efficiently, the following procedures must be followed: the setting of engine temperature, drainage of lubricating oil, pouring of fresh oil, and clean up.
Before we first begin the task at hand, the following supplies are needed: oil (type and amount depending on the car, see owners manual), a new oil filter for the specific vehicle, a set of spanners and an oil filter wrench, measuring containers such as funnel and drain pan, an empty 6-liter container with a screw-on top for pouring old engine oil, finally a floor stand and two jack stands(optional). Now that we have gathered all supplies needed the first step is to warm the oil by running the engine for several minutes.
Setting the engine to normal operating temperature will make it easier to drain the engine oil. If the car, however, has just been on the road, wait about an hour before starting this procedure to avoid contacting hot engine parts and hot oil. Warm oil is desirable, hot oil is not. I recall an incident where I personally did not allow the engine to cool down, when I went to remove the drain plug the hot oil slightly burned my left hand.
In order to avoid such a painful experience, safety precautions must be taken. Next, we must set the parking brake and/or chock the rear wheels to prevent car from rolling making sure the vehicle is on level ground. Now that the vehicle has been safely secured the next step is to drain the old oil from the car. First, we must locate the oil pan drain bolt, usually a hexagonal; bolt, situated at the lowest point of the sump which is at the bottom of the engine.
Use the correct size spanner to loosen the drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise. Before removing the plug completely, place the container in the best position to catch all the old oil. Be careful, the oil will be hot. While waiting for the oil to drain from the engine, loosen the old oil filter by turning it counterclockwise with the oil filter wrench.
Complete removal by hand using a cloth to hold the filter for it will also be hot. At this point in time, you may do what I usually do: go inside the house and relax for 15 to 20 minutes waiting for the full drainage of the old oil. Now that we are halfway through the process of changing the oil in our vehicle we must continue to the third step which is pouring the new oil back into the engine.
Before pouring the oil we must clean the filter seat on the engine and apply with our finger a light smearing of new oil to the filter gasket of the new filter. Now we may install the new oil filter by screwing the filter on by hand making sure not to cross the thread. Tightening the filter must be done only by hand, not with the filter wrench.
Next, the removal of all sludge and metal particles from the drain plug is essential. After this acquired tighten with the spanner. Now we’re ready to use a clean plastic funnel to refill the crankcase with fresh oil. Use a major brand of recommended petroleum-based or synthetic oil. Place the funnel in the oil filler port usually located on the top of the valve cover. Carefully pour the correct amount of new oil into the engine through the oil funnel.
Check the dipstick for the correct oil level. We must now start the engine and let it idle for 1 to 2 minutes to allow the new oil to circulate through the filter. This will allow the new filter to fill up and give us time to check for leaks at the oil pan drain bolt and filter. Finally, switch off the engine, wait a few minutes, remove the dipstick and check the level of the oil and if necessary add more oil.
The last step to a complete oil change is clean up. It is important that we don t forget to remove the funnel, close the oil filler cap on the valve cover, and ensure that all tolls are removed from the engine area before closing the hood. Using our funnel we must empty the used oil from the drain pan into the empty container with the screw on top.
We are now ready to store the used oil until we can get it to a service station to deposit it in their recycling tank. Seal the old oil filter in a Zip-lock bag and deposit it in the trash. We must always remember not to ever pour oil down the drain, throw it in the trash, or dump it out on the ground. Let s protect our environment.
Congratulations on a job well done. You saved money, learned something about your car, and received the satisfaction of knowing the job was done right. Remember that our cars are like the human body, the less contaminated the Life Blood of the engine is the longer it will Live.
In a perfect world, one would be able to buy a car and never have to worry about changing the motor oil. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, and we are recommended to change the oil every three thousand miles. The motor oil of a car is very important to its performance and lifespan. It is a very simple task, and yet many people fail to do it.
There are two different ways to go about changing your car’s oil. You can either take it to be done for you at a hefty cost, or you can do it yourself, so you can save money and make sure it is done correctly. by following the steps listed in the following paragraphs, you will be able to change your oil on your own in less than thirty minutes.
First, you start by buying the oil and oil filter that your car requires. You can get all this information in your owner’s manual. If you don’t have an owner’s manual, just ask the person working at the auto parts store, and he’ll be able to look up all the information pertaining to your car on his computer. Before even looking under the hood, make sure that the engine’s temperature isn’t high.
You want the engine to be nice and cold so that you don’t burn yourself. Make sure that you pick a good place to change your oil. n An ideal spot would be a shaded area with level ground. You don’t want to do it over an extravagantly tiled driveway. It can be a very messy job. To be on the safe side, lay out some old newspapers under the car so if the oil does spill, the paper will be able to absorb most of it.
Once you have all the supplies and have found a good spot, you are ready to begin your oil change. You start by laying the newspaper out and getting an oil pan so you have a place for the oil to land while you are draining the old oil. Place the oil pan under the drainage bolt and oil filter. Using a wrench loosen the bolt; don’t worry if it falls in the pan.
The oil filter shouldn’t be too tight, you should be able to loosen it with your hand. If it is not possible to loosen the filter by hand, you are going to have to use a wrench. Once both pieces are removed, allow the old oil to fall into the pan. When there is no more oil coming out, get the bolt and put it in its place. Don’t forget to put the bolt back, or the oil that is put into the engine will come out by that hole.
Then get the new filter, lubricate it by dipping your fingers in the old oil, and running them along with the rubber rings on the top of the oil filter. Then get the filter and put it where it belongs by hand tightening it. It is not necessary to tighten the filter with a clamp.
After you have taken out the old oil and replaced the filter, you are practically done. All there is left to be done is to put the new oil in the engine. By finding the oil cap on the engine and using a funnel, refill their engine with the new oil making sure you put the right amount. You can check if you put the right amount by using the dipstick for the engine oil.
Finally, make sure that you dispose of the old oil properly. This is done by putting the old oil in plastic containers and taking them to a service garage or gas station that disposes of old oil.
Your car is one of the bigger investments you will make in your life. Why not protect your investment by doing some preventive maintenance when it calls for it. You should change your oil every three thousand miles or every three months, whichever comes first. By doing this you are elongating the life of your engine. You are also keeping the performance of your car at its peak level.
Make sure that every time you change your car oil you annotate it. The reason for this is so when the time comes to sell your car you will be able to show the buyer that you took care of the engine. This will make it easier for you to sell your car and get the money you are asking for it.
When the average person’s car needs an oil change we drive to a Quick Lube and have it done in 20 minutes. Another alternative would be to change the oil your self, this is a fairly simple process, most people with some common sense and some basic hand tools can do it at home on a weekend.
The first step is finding out how much oil your car holds and what kind of oil filter fits on your car engine. Your car’s owner’s manual will have a capacity section in the back, down the list till you come to the engine oil capacity, and the chart will list the number of quarts that your car needs. Also on most new cars when you can look at the oil cap it should state the oil weight which is recommended by the cars.
Once you have the car in the air you will want to put some jack stands under each side and lower the car down on these, this will prevent the car from falling on you if the jack were to collapse since jacks are only designed to pick the car up, not support it all day. Once the car is safely on the jack stands, you are ready to change the oil.
First, you need to remove the oil fill cap under the hood so the oil will flow out freely. Be sure that you have a container for the used oil later; take it to recycle centers which are usually located around town. Remember that it is now illegal to dump oil anywhere. Next find the drain plug, which will be located on the bottom of the engine block. It is the only plug located usually in the middle of a black pan in the front of the vehicle.
Be careful that you have the right plug because some transmissions are also equipped with a drain plug. Once the plug has been located, find the right size socket or wrench to fit it, and be careful not to round the head of the drain plug when you are removing it.
Then let the oil drain into your container. When the pan has drained replace the plug, but do not over-tighten it because you can strip the threads out of the pan. Next, you need to find the oil filter, which should be located on either side of the engine block. Then take the oil filter wrench and put it around the filter and remove the old filter.
Cost is one of the major reasons why so many people change their own car oil. There’s a small initial investment for supplies, but you’ll make that back the first time you do it yourself. Frequent oil changes are the best preventative maintenance the home mechanic can give the engine, because old oil becomes contaminated and burnt, which leads to premature engine wear.
Changing the oil can be a messy job, so wear old clothes and have plenty of rags and old newspaper handy. Before starting, you’ll need clean oil and a new oil filter as well as a few hand tools like a drain pan, gloves, oil filter, wrench, ratchet, and several assorted-size sockets. Depending on what kind of car you have determines what type of filter and oil you need. The best selling car oils in the U.S. are 5W30 and 10W30. If you’re still unsure, read over the owner’s manual again, or consult a local mechanic.
Make sure all the necessary tools are available, and that your car is parked on a level spot. Wear gloves to stay clean. Warm oil drains more easily than cold oil, so run your engine for just a few minutes before you start. Next, raise the front part of the car; be sure to support it safely on jack stands. Now that the vehicle is raised, place the drain pan under the drain plug, and remove the plug with the ratchet and socket.
Allow the oil to drain until it slows to a drip. Carefully clean the area around the drain plug opening and the plug itself. Install the drain plug back into the oil pan securely. Loosen the oil filter. Sometimes an oil filter wrench is required because it is installed too tightly.
As it is removed, immediately turn it up so that any remaining oil will not spill out. Clean the surface on the engine, so that the new filter will seal properly. Now, screw the new filter in with hand; tighten it firmly. Wipe off any spilled oil on the engine components.
Energy is something that everyone in the world needs, and this is why all of the top-earning companies in the world drill, make and refine oil. Of course, a big concern nowadays is that all of the oil in the Earth will someday run out, so this brings about the question: will alternative energy sources be practical and effective in replacing fossil fuels?
This had been a big topic of debate in the past decades, but the world seems to be committed to oil. The short answer to the question is yes, alternate fuels can one day replace oil while creating a cleaner environment for the future and make our country energy independent.
One key advantage of alternative energy is that it is renewable. And not only are they renewable, but most of these energy sources are also readily available everywhere, like wind, sunlight, and water; it’s just up to us to harvest this energy. This means that once we incorporate them into our society, there may no longer be any concern for our energy ever running out.
This takes the country in the direction of energy independence, which is good for many reasons. Energy independence means the U.S. won’t have to rely on foreign nations to provide us oil, and there will also be less conflict and wars over oil. The main concern of many people here is that many alternative fuels are way more expensive to use than cheap gas.
While this is true, it can be resolved if simply more people invest in alternative energy. Investments will lead to innovations that will significantly reduce the costs of using these energy sources. Switching to alternative energy may require changes in our lifestyle and economy that won’t come about immediately, but will certainly solve any upcoming energy problems in the long run.
Another benefit of using alternative fuels, such as biofuels or hydrogen, is that they burn cleaner than fossil fuels, and many alternative energy sources, such as solar power, wind power, or hydropower, are even close to being carbon neutral (U.S. Department of Energy). The big problem with oil and coal is that their high carbon dioxide emissions cause climate change and that other byproducts of burning these fuels pollute the air, slowly crippling the environment.
Making the switch to alternative energy may finally solve the complex problem of global warming. Although the effects of air pollution may not be so apparent here in the US, it is much more obvious in China. China’s air pollution is a very serious problem, and although I haven’t been there in a few years, I still hear from relatives about the harsh toxic environment they live in. Even though this major problem is on the other side of the world,
A big concern for many is the number of jobs that may be lost if we stopped drilling oil. The simple solution is that these jobs would be dispersed through all of the alternative energy fields. Another argument is that cheap gas is such a reliable fuel that nothing can really replace it. It is true that energy sources like wind, solar, and hydropower all require some certain conditions to work, but other sources like ethanol, biofuels, and nuclear energy can be just up to par with oil.
Many people would also say that say alternative energy sources, like windmills and hydropower plants disturb the ecosystems around them. This is almost a ridiculous argument against alternative energy because these minor disruptions don’t match up even close to the effect of burning fossil fuels on the environment.
Stopping oil use seems close to impossible since most of the energy used in our society comes from this fossil fuel. Each year, we are increasing the usage of renewable sources, so we are already headed in the right direction (U.S. Department of Energy). Slowly and gradually, however, it can be done, once people realize the benefits of alternative energy, or when the dreadful day comes when all the oil is gone.
Oil today is the king of energy, being one of the most available, reliable, and efficient fuels. Oil has been the top choice, for energy in the past, but its shortcomings won’t allow it to be viable forever. President Jimmy Carter, the founder of the U.S. Department of Energy, said, “Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of coal and permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power.”
Alternative energy is the future. Its environmental compatibility, inexhaustible supply, and high availability make it the uncontested successor of fossil fuels.
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An oil change can be anywhere from $25-50 dollars. Somewhere between $25 and $30 for conventional motor oil (regular oil). And around $40 or $50 for synthetic oil. Wal mart has good prices on oil changes for about $20 dollars, but sometimes you end up waiting 2 hours.
I got sick and tired of waiting, and I’ve been doing my own oil changes for 2 years now. I don’t really care to save money, but my time matters the most. Doing an oil change myself takes 15 mins. And you can get much better quality oil for the same price. Autozone always has oil change specials, 5 qts + filter for $15.00
Some things to consider are the location of your oil filter, it is underneath your car, you will need to jack up your car. most imports have more easily accessible filters and are a lot easier and don’t require jacking.
Depends on where you go. I generally do my OWN oil changes and take the used oil and filters to any auto repair or auto parts store for recycling (they have to take it).
I can purchase my own NAPA GOLD filter (one of the best) for about $10, and 5 quarts of 0w-20 Mobile One for about $4 a quart. If you buy bulk 4 or 5-quart containers you save a bit more as well. Plus I know that the oil is the right oil, and the filter has been installed right, etc etc etc.
I also run Royal Purple (about $7 a quart) in my 183,000 mile Isuzu truck. Watch for coupons in the paper, and so sorth. Some of the larger chains, like JiffyLube, Havoline, Valvoline, etc all charge about the same, depending on the amount, the grade of oil, etc. They also will charge you a ‘disposal’ fee, and WILL invariably try to sell you expensive add-ons, like a fuel system flush, fuel filter, air filter, windshield wipers, etc.
We have three cars (04 Envoy XUV, 06 Hyundai Sonata, and a ’90 Isuzu truck), and if/when I take the Envoy to an oil change place, EACH time they want to install a new fuel filter (expensive) or dump a can of injector cleaning stuff (about $50) or install $10 wiper blades….geez…and the Envoy has about 30,000 miles on it. Prices for an oil change can range from $20 upwards of $70 (if you use synthetic oil).
I’d say that generally speaking, you’ll pay about $35 or so. Wal Mart also has oil changes, but I have heard bad things regarding drain plugs, etc so I would not recommend Wal Mart. Midas Muffler also offers oil changes, as do most tire shops (Sears, etc).
Racking crude oil and making motor oil from crude oil. Don’t skimp now as a high mark depends on how well you articulate. It should take you a week to cover everything. History and production of synthetic motor oil should only take a couple of eight hour days.
If you need to get technical go to Mobil1.com and open the specifications sheets on synthetic and regular oil. Compare the two on a big chart. You’ll see in an instant why synthetic is better.
This is a pretty good essay, not counting the grammar errors of course. The first paragraph is VERY repetitive. It should sound something like: “You wouldn’t think that the subjects Ethanol, Global Warming, and N1H1 connect by our school themes because they are so very different, but they do!
However, they have small details that are in common, and it makes a big difference! Ethanol, Global Warming, and N1H1 are all connected by Power, Migration, and Energy. Each subject connects to their themes in their own way, staying in the triangle of our school themes.”
See? Just re-arrange the wording a little bit, and it sounds MUCH more professional. The verb tense in your second paragraph is incorrect. It does not match with the previous paragraph, and besides, you can’t say that a present concept “will be.” It should actually read something like this:
“Ethanol is connected to Power, Migration, and Energy, as is Global Warming and Swine Flu. They are most especially connected by Migration. For instance, the Swine Flu started from swine in Mexico, and it has quickly spread across the globe. Global Warming is all over the world. It is happening everywhere and all people are affected by it.
Ethanol assists the process of stopping this global warming through the migration of energy-efficient vehicles that are being distributed all over the United States and the world.” Once again, just a little re-wording and adding some clarification has helped greatly. Now, try doing this on your own with the other paragraphs!
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