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Ask the mechanic: how do I change my oil?

In an earlier blog post, we advised you on how often to change your oil and what type of oil to use. But for the less car-savvy among us, this begged the question "how exactly do I change my oil?"

Changing your oil is relatively simple if you have the right tools. You'll usually need the following:

• Oil (check your car's manual for the required volume of oil)
• Sump plug washer and oil filter (check your car's manual for the exact type)
• Car jack and jack stands (optional)
• Rubber gloves and safety goggles
• Funnel and plastic container
• Wrench for the oil filter
• Socket wrench for the drain plug
• A rag and paper towels

Then follow these 10 simple steps:

1. Get your car ready by making sure the handbrake is on, it is on a level surface, and the engine is off. If you'd like space under your car, jack it up and support it with jack stands. Then unscrew the oil cap - check your car's manual if you can't locate it.

2. Go under your car and find the oil drain plug - it should be the bolt at the bottom of your oil sump.

3. Put a large container underneath the oil drain plug, then unscrew the plug. We recommend you wear rubber gloves when doing this and be careful not to touch the oil.

4. Let all the old oil drain into the container.

5. Use the car's manual to find the oil filter and remove it using the filter wrench.

6. Get the new filter ready by putting a light coating of oil on the gasket of it.

7. Gently screw the new filter into place and make sure it is not too tight. Put the oil drain plug back and use the wrench to tighten it. At this point, we recommend that you put a new washer on the sump plug (if your car has one).

8. Pour the new oil in with the funnel, and carefully watch it until it gets to the right level.

9. Put the oil cap back on, then run your engine for about 10 minutes. After that, turn it off again and check the oil level with the dipstick - if it's low, pour more oil in.

10. When that's all done, clean up any leaks or spills and dispose of the old filter and oil correctly. It's against the law to put oil down the drain, so keep it in a sealed container and dispose of it at your local refuse or recycling centre.

If you're looking for a reliable and expert mechanic in Sydney, contact Reliance Auto Centre today. We have years of experience in providing our customers in the Chatswood area of Sydney with all sorts of car repair services. Whatever your car-related problem or issue, don't hesitate to get in touch with our small and friendly team. We can even change your oil for you, if you'd like!

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