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If my car should be on or off jacks when draining the oil

I need to drain the oil in my car

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Hi
I change my oil at home. I just run the car onto the driveway that is higher than street level and that gives me room to slide the oil catcher under the sump.
Or, at my son's place, I run his onto his front lawn and onto a couple of bricks and that works well. Keep a cloth handy to clean up oil drips. Don't run your car over full as it can problems. Wait till the engine is cool before starting the job.

Dave

Posted on Mar 19, 2014

If your at home changing the oil, how would you
get under it to work on it,change the oil ,etc, without
raising it up & supporting it on quality jack stands?

You would be better to put it on the ground level when
you have added the new oil & are going to start it, verse
leaving it on stands at an angle

Have to add oil to the new filter

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  • Sophia grace adler
    Sophia grace adler Mar 19, 2014

    No I was wondering if I need to be on jacks and if it should be flat also to drain it ???????

  • Sophia grace adler
    Sophia grace adler Mar 19, 2014

    If I can uhh fit there by myself and fix it ....

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    You never work on a car before

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    You have to raise it up & put on stands It doesn't need to be level or on 4 stands to just do the oil

  • Sophia grace adler
    Sophia grace adler Mar 19, 2014

    Do you know precisely what I would I have to much oil in. My car

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    No but I doubt it will take more than 5 quarts plus some in the oil filter Should have an owners manual for that info The oil weight is usually on the filler cap Likes 5W-30 Wal.Mart has all the quality brands & best prices if you get the big 5 qt containers

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    Only use quality oil filters like Wix or Hastings from parts stores NEVER the Fram junk at wal.mart or any Fram or other brands their junk inside

  • Sophia grace adler
    Sophia grace adler Mar 19, 2014

    I need a filter too ....... If u don't mind answering why

  • Sophia grace adler
    Sophia grace adler Mar 19, 2014

    Add a CommentAnd if u know

  • Sophia grace adler
    Sophia grace adler Mar 19, 2014

    Add a CommentOh you probably don't that's ok .....

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    You always change the oil filter along with the engine oil 3 or 4 times a year You can go to Wix Filters.Com & put in the 8th digit on your dash VIN# or look at your insurance card for the 8th Digit That is the engine code you use to look up the correct filter for your engine

  • Sophia grace adler
    Sophia grace adler Mar 19, 2014

    I wasn't changing the oil I just accidentally put to much in ..... Do u know if I have to

  • Sophia grace adler
    Sophia grace adler Mar 19, 2014

    And now I have to drain some out

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