How to Change Your Car's Motor Oil

Written by Stephen Bucaro

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*! Now pay attention - here's were you can screw up royal!

With your hand, installrepparttar new oil filter. If it seems even slightly hard to turn, back it out! You are crossingrepparttar 100115 threads. Most filters have an instruction printed on them to giverepparttar 100116 filter one more turn afterrepparttar 100117 gasket has made contact.

Here's what I recommend: screwrepparttar 100118 filter on until its "hand tight". Then userepparttar 100119 oil filter wrench to snug it up another 1/8 to 1/4 turn. This is critical!

Whenrepparttar 100120 vehicle is running,repparttar 100121 oil pump putsrepparttar 100122 oil under pressure. If you don't installrepparttar 100123 oil filter tight enough,repparttar 100124 oil will come gushing out. If that happens shut downrepparttar 100125 engine immediately! Without oil, an engine will lock up within seconds.

The first time I changed my oil, I usedrepparttar 100126 filter wrench to tightenrepparttar 100127 filter as tight as I could get it. Wrong! The next time I went to change my oil, I couldn't getrepparttar 100128 filter off. Luckily I had plenty of room aroundrepparttar 100129 filer, so I hammered a screw driver throughrepparttar 100130 body ofrepparttar 100131 filter and usedrepparttar 100132 handle ofrepparttar 100133 screw driver to turnrepparttar 100134 filter off.

Warning! Don't over-tightenrepparttar 100135 filter. Followrepparttar 100136 instructions above carefully!

- The GM dual-overhead-cam EcoTec engine has an unusual oil filter located on top ofrepparttar 100137 engine. Removerepparttar 100138 engine air intake hose. That'srepparttar 100139 oil filter canister just torepparttar 100140 right of, and below,repparttar 100141 end ofrepparttar 100142 open air intake tube. Use a proper size wrench to removerepparttar 100143 canister lid. This engine uses a special filter cartridge.

Step 3. Addrepparttar 100144 new oil.

Locaterepparttar 100145 oil filler cap onrepparttar 100146 valve cover. I've seen newbies pour motor oil in everything fromrepparttar 100147 master brake cylinder torepparttar 100148 radiator cap. Make sure you have locatedrepparttar 100149 the oil filler cap. Removerepparttar 100150 oil filler cap.

When pouringrepparttar 100151 oil, you would be wise to use a funnel betweenrepparttar 100152 oil can andrepparttar 100153 valve cover oil filler hole.

How much oil should you add? Look in your cars owner manual. Most engines have a capacity of four or five quarts. Don't overfillrepparttar 100154 crank case. When you runrepparttar 100155 enginerepparttar 100156 extra oil will be blown out throughrepparttar 100157 PCV value, possibly stalling your engine.

Tip: If you don't knowrepparttar 100158 oil capacity ofrepparttar 100159 engine, add four quarts, then checkrepparttar 100160 oil level, if it's a quart low add another quart.

Replacerepparttar 100161 oil filler cap.

Step 4. Startrepparttar 100162 Engine.

Yes, I know, I said there where only three steps. You're finished, this is not really a "step".

Startrepparttar 100163 engine and make surerepparttar 100164 oil warning light goes off. Look underrepparttar 100165 vehicle to make sure oil is not leaking out. Turn offrepparttar 100166 engine and let it set for a minute to letrepparttar 100167 oil drain down torepparttar 100168 crank case. Then userepparttar 100169 dip stick to checkrepparttar 100170 oil level.

How to checkrepparttar 100171 oil level: Removerepparttar 100172 dip stick, wipe it clean with a rag, reinstallrepparttar 100173 dip stick. Make surerepparttar 100174 dip stick is in allrepparttar 100175 way or you will get a false reading. After a few seconds removerepparttar 100176 dip stick and examine how far uprepparttar 100177 stick is covered with oil. Most dip sticks have a "full" mark printed on them.

Note: I findrepparttar 100178 best way to dispose ofrepparttar 100179 old oil is to use a funnel to pore it fromrepparttar 100180 collection pan intorepparttar 100181 bottles from whichrepparttar 100182 new oil came. When I get a big pile of used oil bottles I bring them torepparttar 100183 oil recycling center. Be sure to markrepparttar 100184 used oil bottles so you don't accidentally think they are new oil.

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Warm & Toasty Outdoors with Patio Heaters

Written by Nicholas Webb

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Modern patio heaters are:

- so safe, you needn't worry about fire - very quiet - really make having a patio or deck worthwhile

Freestanding heaters are usually about 7 feet tall and resemble a lamppost with a conical umbrella type housing on top. This helps radiate heat downwards. Some electric models are available butrepparttar majority use propane or natural gas, and these are by farrepparttar 100114 best type to consider. The gas canisters are contained inrepparttar 100115 base ofrepparttar 100116 heater.

A quality patio or garden heater will generate around 45-50,000 BTUs, and that would be enough to keep you warm when you sit anywhere within a 20-foot diameter.

Most models now come with wheels, which facilitate moving your heater from one place to another while some even come with carrying cases. When it's not in use, you can putrepparttar 100117 patio or deck heater in its carry case, or under an appropriate cover, and just wheel it away!

Many retailers are also able to offer smaller tabletop, or footstool, versions ofrepparttar 100118 freestanding models.

So, apart fromrepparttar 100119 price,repparttar 100120 main things to look out for arerepparttar 100121 BTUs and temperature controls. The rest is really just design. Choose something you like ... and prepare to enjoy more quality time outdoors.

In summary, garden or patio heaters will allow you to enjoyrepparttar 100122 outdoor life all year round.

Nicholas webb is the owner of A site that providing user-friendly patio furniture and patio accessories consumer tips and buying advice for the outdoor lover. Check it out before parting with your money.

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