How To Properly Change Engine Oil Filter
So, you know you’re supposed to change your car’s engine oil regularly. But that’s just one part of the equation – at the same time, you’re supposed to replace the oil filter as well.
Engine oil filter change steps
Your engine oil filter should be changed each time you replace your oil. You can determine how often your car needs an oil change by consulting the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule listed in the back of your owner’s manual. The experts at your local Ford Service Center can look up the information for you as well.
Are you ready to change your oil filter and get dirty? Here’s how it’s done.
Caution: The following is for informational purposes only and is not recommended as repair advice. Consult the factory repair manual for the exact procedure and safety precautions for your vehicle.
1. Put on your safety glasses.
2. Safely raise the vehicle with a jack, then support it with jack stands. Set the parking brake and chock the rear wheels.
3. Place an oil drain pan under your car’s engine.
4. Drain the engine oil by removing the drain plug using an appropriately-sized wrench.
Caution: The engine oil may be hot!
5. After the oil has drained, reinstall the drain plug and torque it to the manufacturer’s specification listed in the repair manual.
6. Use the appropriate tool to remove the engine oil filter.
• If your engine has a spin-on filter: Use a traditional oil filter wrench to remove it.
• If your engine has a cartridge filter: Use a special cap-style cartridge oil filter wrench to remove the filter cap. Once the cap is off, you can remove the oil filter cartridge from inside.
7. Install the new oil filter.
• If your engine has a spin-on filter: Use your finger to coat the filter seal with fresh engine oil. Tighten the filter by turning it approximately three-quarters of a turn by hand until it’s snug.
• If your engine has a cartridge filter: Before going any further, replace the oil filter cap seals according to the factory repair information. Then install the filter into the cap. Install the cap and torque it to the manufacture's specification listed in the repair manual.
8. Remove the oil drain pan from under your vehicle.
9. Safely remove the jack stands and lower the vehicle.
10. Consult the factory repair information to find out how much oil your engine needs.
11. Remove the oil fill cap and install a funnel in the oil fill hole.
12. Fill the engine with the correct amount of oil.
13. Start the engine and let it run momentarily, then turn it off.
14. Use a clean rag to check the engine oil level. Add additional oil as needed.
15. Start the engine again and double-check your work to ensure there aren’t any leaks.
16. Dispose of the filter properly in accordance with state and local laws.
Or you can just visit one of the local Ford dealerships…
Changing your engine oil filter can be a pain – especially if you don’t have the right tools. Instead of trying to tackle the job yourself, you can do things the easy way and have your Southern California Ford Dealers do the work for you.
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