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Changing your oil filter

Oil filters these days are in the darndest places. Of course I long for the day when I could use my handy oil filter wrench. Alas those days might be gone forever. If you can get your bare hand on it but it still will not come off. Make sure it's clean and dry of grease, then use a rubber jar opener from the kitchen. It should come right off. Please remember since you are the guy who will likely change your oil next time, the new filter should be hand tightened only.

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remove oil filter without filter wrench

It can be messy, but if you punch a hole through the filter with a screwdriver you can twist the filter off. In the early days of spin-on filters the better tools of today did not exist. They used cartridge filters which bolted to the engine. So a well placed screwdriver could provide a drip hole to drain the filter and get the filter off.

Apr 06, 2013 | 2000 Ford Expedition

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how to change oil fiter in suburban

The standard location for filters on GM 350 motors is underneath the vehicle, beside the oil pan near the flywheel shroud. A filter strap wrench is cheap and very handy. Place a drip pan underneath and wear some rubber gloves as it's apt to get messy. As soon as the filter starts coming loose, the oil starts running down the sides of the filter. It's always best the change the oil when warm, so obviously the filter will be warm too. Use rags to finish loosening by hand, being ready to catch the thing when it comes off. As soon as it comes off, tip it over and let it drain into the pan.
Wipe the filter mounting base clean before installing new filter

Take your new filter (Fram PH5 or equiv) and fill it with fresh oil. Smear a little on the rubber seal as well. By hand, screw it onto the nipple till the rubber seal contacts the metal base. Tighten by hand an extra 1/2 to 3/4 turn.
Assuming of course that you've drained the oil at the same time, make sure to put the drain plug back in the oil pan and refill the engine with new oil. Always run the engine for a few minutes, then stop for a minute before taking a final oil level reading on the dipstick.

Oct 13, 2012 | 1996 Chevrolet Suburban

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oil change 1994 Cadillac Eldorado

well let me see you have 4.6L engine you need 7.5 quarts of oil with new oil filter.to do the oil change you need large drain pan and oil filter wrench and a metric wrench to remove oil drain plug you need a funnel also.you need first start engine let it run for 5 minutes to warm up thin out the oil so it will flow better.once engine warm up.turn off the engine.open you hood.now safely raise support vechicle on jack stands make sure vechicle parked on solid level ground.place large drain pan under oil pan remove oil drain plug you need a 15m wrench remove drain plug let all old oil drain out until you see slow drip then reinstall oil drain plug dont over tighten drain bolt.then place drain pan under the oil filter then remove oil filter using oil filter wrench or large channel lock pliers.once you remove oil filter wipe oil filter seal surface with clean paper towel.take new oil filter add oil to new filter then install new oil filter hand tight take filter wrench turn oil filter one half more turn dont over tighten will damage oil filter seal.make sure oil pan drain plug is in place. then lower vechicle. remove oil filler cap on the valve cover add new oil to the engine using a funnel to keep from spilling oil all over the valve cover and exhaust manifold.add all 7.5 quarts to oil crank case wait until oil settle down in crank case check oil dip stick oil level should be at the full mark on oil dip stick.dont over fill crank case.once you finished oil level correct crank engine check for oil leaks at oil filter and oil drain plug. if engine running okay you see no oil warning lights you ready wheel and deal.

Nov 20, 2011 | 1994 Cadillac Eldorado

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instructions for changing oil in 2000 jetta and a place where i can find a free owners manual

changing oil can be real fun thats one the things i look over before i buy a car. If the guy made the car so hard to work on why would i want own this car. Buy fram filters thats painted crusty on the bottom so you can hand tighten them. Always after you take off the old filter to look for see if the gasket came of the old filter. Dobble gasket mean big leak and hurting your car. Put some oil on the new filter gasket to get a good seal And slowly hand screw the filter you dont want to cross thread the holder the filter. i can tighten my filter so tight you dont need the wrench other take it off becuse if you use the wrench you could hurt the filter
Look up your car find the correct filter wrench to take off the old one.
I find best just buy a jack and jack stands if you cant see the filter and drain plug.
Just buy a Hanes book they help you find ever thing on your cars at auto zone ore one the other stores with your year make and model
And a handy tip i learned about oil and paint to get off your hands use corn oil and rag works great get off paint and old oil on your hands.
it non toxic and then wash with normal soap

Jul 24, 2009 | Volkswagen Jetta Cars & Trucks

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