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How to Change Your Car's Oil Filter by Yourself

Changing the oil filter is an important part of vehicle maintenance, and it's something that most car owners can do themselves. However, if you're new to car maintenance or not confident in your abilities, it's recommended that you consult with a professional mechanic. Here is a step-by-step guide to changing your oil filter:

Steps to change an oil filter

  1. Gather the tools: To change your oil filter, you'll need a new oil filter, a wrench, a drain pan, and clean rags or paper towels.
  2. Locate the oil filter: The oil filter is typically located under the hood of your car. Consult your vehicle's owner's manual if you're not sure where to find it or refer to this short guide which shows how to locate the oil filter in various vehicles.
  3. Drain the oil: Before you can remove the oil filter, you'll need to drain the oil from the engine. To do this, place the drain pan underneath the engine and remove the oil drain plug with a wrench. Allow the oil to drain completely. After the oil is drained, you can either reinstall the old oil drain plug, or if your vehicle uses a crushable drain plug gasket, replace it with a new one before adding the new oil.
  4. Remove the old oil filter: Using the wrench, loosen and remove the old oil filter. In most vehicles, the oil filter is removed by turning it counterclockwise Make sure the old gasket is removed along with the filter. Be sure to have a rag or paper towel handy to clean the oil that might spill during the process.
  5. Install the new oil filter: Apply a small amount of oil to the rubber gasket on the new oil filter, then screw it onto the engine by hand. Tighten the filter using the wrench, being careful not to overtighten it. At FRAM, we design most oil filters with a non-slip textured grip. The fully textured surface makes both installation and removal a breeze.
  6. Refill the engine with oil: Using a funnel, refill the engine with the recommended amount of oil. Check the oil level with the dipstick and add more if necessary.
  7. Start the engine: Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes, checking for any leaks around the oil filter and drain plug.
  8. Dispose of the old oil and filter: Be sure to dispose of the old oil and filter properly, as they can be harmful to the environment. Most auto parts stores and some service stations offer oil recycling services.

Why is it important to use quality oil filters?

Superior filtration: High-quality oil filters are designed to completely remove contaminants and impurities from the engine oil, ensuring that it can flow freely and lubricate the engine's internal components. FRAM oil filters are engineered with a multi-fiber, high density media that’s more effective at removing the small impurities.

Better engine protection: A high-quality oil filter protects the engine from damage and extend its lifespan. FRAM oil filters are engineered with a precision coil spring and, where needed, a silicone anti-drain back valve that ensures oil stays in the filter when the engine is turned off, reducing wear and tear on engine parts.

Peace of mind: When you use a quality oil filter, you can be confident that your engine is getting the protection it needs. FRAM oil filters are backed by a warranty and are tested to ensure they meet or exceed industry standards.

It’s a common practice among car owners to change their oil filter themselves. However, it's important to use a quality oil filter to ensure that your engine receives maximum protection. Keep in mind the oil filter lifespan and follow the recommended change interval specified by your car manufacturer. By following the above installation instructions, using a reliable oil filter, and being proactive in changing the filter on time, you can keep your engine healthy.


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