How To Do An Oil Change At Home

Your Vehicle is a complex machine built for a simple purpose, moving from one point to another. It’s hard to believe that an engine with countless moving parts, different fluids, and a flammable fuel source goes to work to move you. Just like it’s difficult to keep a clear track of the various parts under your car’s hood, it can also be difficult to keep track of when and how to maintain those various parts. One of the simplest and, arguably, most important auto services you can have performed on your ride is the car oil change. Done anywhere from every 3,000 to 10,000 miles (depending on the oil you use), this important auto service ensures that the moving parts in your engine compartment are well lubricated and operating without a hitch.

This important auto service is also one that’s fairly user-friendly and can be done by anyone, with a little know-how. At Dynasty Boyz Auto Club, we’re here to show you how you can do your own car oil change like a pro!

Doing an Oil Change Like a Pro

The undercarriage and engine compartment of your vehicle can look pretty intimidating. So, here are a few steps to get you started:

Familiarize Yourself with Your Ride

For this, you need to look past the noise of your engine and look for what you need. To get a car oil change done, you need to look for very specific parts like the oil cap (located on the top of the engine block), the dipstick (a yellow or orange ring that sits closer to you in the engine compartment), the oil pan (under the vehicle), and the drain plug (on the pan body). Take your time finding these parts and refer to a reliable Clermont Toyota automotive authority if you have questions or need help.

Check Your Car’s Oil

Believe it or not, just because your vehicle’s oil light came on, you might not need to have a car oil change done just yet. You can find out by using your dipstick and a white towel (paper or fabric). First, locate the dipstick and pull it out of its housing (have the towel ready). Put the metal stick in the towel and wipe the oil off. Check the color. Is it light brown? Is there any debris in it? Depending on your findings and answer, determine if you actually need to change the oil in your car.

Sure You Have the Right Supplies

Every car has different needs regarding the type and amount of fluids they need to function. Before you dive into your car oil change, find out which oil your car needs and how much. It also helps to know which type of filter your car needs as you might wind up changing that in conjunction with your oil. You can find this information through reputable online sources and your Auto Zone.

Start Your Oil Change

These next parts can be tricky so make sure to perform them in the correct.

– First, lift up your car using 1 – 2 vehicle jacks (we recommend 2).
– Find the oil pan within your undercarriage. It’s a rectangular object located toward the front of your vehicle’s underbody.
– Place a drain pan underneath the Clermont oil pan and start loosening the drain plug.
Make sure to do this after your vehicle has been off for some time!
– Release the drain plug and do so quickly to avoid getting too much oil splash on your hands and arms.
– If you need to remove the oil filter, do so at this time.
– After all the oil has drained, replace the drain plug and filter.
– Then, locate the oil cap on top of the engine and unscrew it.
– Use a good funnel and pour the oil into the engine. Make sure you fill it with the correct amount of oil.
– Start your car and check your dipstick to make sure there’s oil in your engine and that’s it!

Easy peasy! After you’ve finished your car oil change, make sure to dispose of the old oil properly along with the filter.

If you need help with your DIY car oil change or you’d like one of our auto service experts to help you out, swing by Dynasty Boyz Auto Club today! You can find us at 10 Waverly Pl Staten Island NY 10304 five days a week!

4 Car Repairs That You Should Never Put Off

According to a 2015 study conducted by AAA, over 35 percent of Americans consistently skip or delay recommended vehicle maintenance and repairs. While there may be a host of excuses used to justify putting off auto body work, none really hold up in the face of ensuring the safety of yourself, your passengers, and others on the road.

While cosmetic repairs like removing bumper or body dents, refreshing paint jobs, and fixing scratches and dings can be safely put off for a few months, structural repairs that focus on parts which impact how your vehicle runs should never be postponed.

To help you prioritize which repairs are most urgent, here are 4 of the top car maintenance issues that you should tend to consistently to ensure you’re driving safely:

1. Batteries

The life expectancy of a car battery is anywhere between 3 to 5 years, with a shorter lifespan in hotter climates. Few things could be more frustrating than experiencing unexpected battery failure when you’re on the open road. To eliminate all guesswork—and potential for frustration—get your battery tested annually starting in year 3 of its lifespan.

2. Tires

A 2017 survey conducted by AAA found that over 60 percent of Americans put off checking their tire pressure on a regular basis. Ideally, drivers should be checking their tire pressure consistently, at least once every two months during warmer months and once a month during winter. Additionally, a vigilant eye should be kept on tire tread. When tire tread wears to about 4/32”, it’s probably time to invest in a new pair of tires. A mechanic should be able to help you read a tire pressure measurement if you haven’t done it before.

3. Oil change

Changing your oil and oil filter regularly helps to maintain a clean, lubricated, fully-functional engine. Oil mitigates friction among different components in the engine that would otherwise wear against each other. On average, you should be changing your oil every 7,500 miles or 4 months, whichever comes first. The cost of doing so adds up to $200 annually, a far more reasonable cost compared to the four-figure bill you might potentially incur if you neglect oil and filter changes long enough to have your engine fails due to negligence.

4. Brakes

Every time you’re out on the open road, you’re pushing two-plus tons of steel and metal around, and at enormous speeds to boot. That’s a 24/7 hazard that requires massive safety precautions, which is why the brakes are the single most important component in your vehicle. You should be checking them annually for signs of wear and tear before it’s too late. Not only could ignoring consistent brake work lead to costly repair bills down the road; worse, it could lead to a serious car accident. Play it safe by getting your brakes inspected at a repair shop regularly.

The costs of consistent preventative maintenance don’t have to come out-of-pocket. The combination of your regular insurance policy and a quality Vehicle Service Contract can ensure that the costs you pay to ensure safety on the road are minimal.

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