How to Change Your Car's Motor Oil

Written by Stephen Bucaro

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How to Change Your Car's Motor Oil

By Stephen Bucaro

First, let's answerrepparttar 100117 question; Why should you change your own oil? Because you can save time and money. You don't have to wait in line atrepparttar 100118 service garage or quick oil change shop. For ten bucks you can getrepparttar 100119 best oil and a brand new oil filter. And, it's so easy to do that you could train a monkey to do it.

Changing your cars motor oil is a very simple three-step process: 1. Drainrepparttar 100120 old oil. 2. Replacerepparttar 100121 oil filter. 3. Addrepparttar 100122 new oil. But before we go throughrepparttar 100123 steps, lets answer a few basic questions.

When should I change my oil?

Look in your cars owners manual. Most auto manufacturers recommend changingrepparttar 100124 motor oil every 6,000 miles for normal service, or every 3,000 miles for severe service. I change my oil every 6,000 miles, and my engines run like new when I trade my vehicles in with well over 100,000 miles on them. One thing that I do is change a new cars oil afterrepparttar 100125 first 300 mile break-in period. Then, after that, I changerepparttar 100126 oil every 6,000 miles.

What kind of oil should I use?

You are not going to save money by using an off-brand oil because your engine will wear out sooner. Use oil that meetsrepparttar 100127 American Pertroleum Institute (API) classification SL. I use Valvoline, Quaker State, Pennzoil, or Havoline brand oil. These quality oils contain additives that make them work better and longer.

If you are changing your oil just before winter, use SAE 10W30 weight oil. This number meansrepparttar 100128 oil will have a thin 10 weight viscosity whenrepparttar 100129 engine is cold, helpingrepparttar 100130 engine to start easier, and thenrepparttar 100131 oil will thicken to 30 weight viscosity whenrepparttar 100132 engine warms up, protectingrepparttar 100133 engine better. If you are changing oil just before summer, use SAE 10W40 weight oil. The extra 40 weight viscosity will protect your engine better when it's hot.

What'srepparttar 100134 First Step?

First let your engine cool off. Modern engines run at close to 300 degrees (F) and hot oil will definitely give you a severe burn. You shouldn't have to jack your car up unless you have some kind of ground hugging sports car or low rider. Almost all cars have enough space underneath to reach under and changerepparttar 100135 engine oil.

Step 1: Drainrepparttar 100136 old oil.

Locaterepparttar 100137 oil drain plug and place a pan under it to catchrepparttar 100138 oil. With a box wrench, removerepparttar 100139 oil plug.

Note for newbies: To removerepparttar 100140 drain plug, turn it counter-clockwise.

- If you have a GM dual-overhead-cam EcoTec engine you may have a difficult time locatingrepparttar 100141 drain plug on all that aluminum.

Whenrepparttar 100142 oil stops draining, reinstallrepparttar 100143 drain plug.

Note for newbies: To replacerepparttar 100144 drain plug turn it clockwise. Startrepparttar 100145 plug with your fingers. If it seems even slightly hard to turn, back it out! You are crossingrepparttar 100146 threads.

Step 2. Replacerepparttar 100147 oil filter.

Move your oil catch pan underrepparttar 100148 oil filter. Using an oil filter wrench to get it started, removerepparttar 100149 oil filter. (newbies: counter-clockwise, and you will get some oil on your hand.)

- A strap type oil filter wrench isrepparttar 100150 best kind to use. A socket type oil filter tool is used with a ratchet just like a regular socket. The problem withrepparttar 100151 socket type is that it tends to get stuck onrepparttar 100152 filter. Userepparttar 100153 socket type tool if you don't have enough clearance aroundrepparttar 100154 oil filter to userepparttar 100155 strap type.

With your finger put a thin coat of oil onrepparttar 100156 new filter's gasket to make it seal better.

Warm & Toasty Outdoors with Patio Heaters

Written by Nicholas Webb

By: Nicholas Webb

Learn how to enjoy outdoor living all year long. Your friends and family will love this!

The Heat is On with Patio Heaters

Any outdoor lover will tell you thatrepparttar right patio heater will allow you to extend your love ofrepparttar 100114 open-air life all year round. A 15-20 foot circle of heat can easily increaserepparttar 100115 outside temperature by 10-25 degrees Fahrenheit and that makes allrepparttar 100116 difference between having to stay inside and eating out. As with most patio equipment,repparttar 100117 choice ofrepparttar 100118 right heater for your needs isn't always such an immediate process. First thing to know is whether you really need or want one. Some factors to consider are your lifestyle. How often do you eat or entertain outside? What isrepparttar 100119 weather predominantly like?

Now a few words concerning your budget.

How much are you willing to spend for a patio heater?

Prices for free standing models generally start at around $200-$250 and can go up to and overrepparttar 100120 $1000 mark. For normal domestic use, most sources indicate a $300-$400 model as being perfect.

The more expensive models are generally intended for commercial use. The newer, better-made patio heaters offer a selection of safety features and temperature controls. They will allow you to entertain inrepparttar 100121 early spring evenings. Just take a family breakfast set outside, or simply have a barbecue anytime you feel like it.

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