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Change oil Is it okay to change the oil myself by using ramps? Won't the angle keep too much of the old oil in the oil pan? So, basically, ramps okay?

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Ramps are fine. The drain plug is on the rear of the pan so having the vehicle on ramps will actually cause more of the oil to come out.

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I'm a woman trying to teach myself how to maintain my own car. I have a 2009 Dodge Journey 3.5 v6. I wanted to know basic instructions on how to change the oil myself? any help pls?


You could try some YouTube videos on similar models.
Its a messy job, and for most people easier to pay someone to do.
You have to remove the drain plug from the oil pan to drain the oil into a pan, then dispose of it safely, and change the filter, then refill the oil pan with new oil.

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How to change oil pan?


Step 1: Place car on jack stands or car ramps ( i prefer jack stands because i had a car ramp collapse on me once. not fun) and block the back tires.
Step 2: Loosen and remove the oil pan drain plug and drain oil into a drain pan
Step 3: Look on the outer edges of the oil pan and you will see bolts going all around the outside of the pan. Loosen them and the pan should come off.
Step 4: clean the surface where the gasket comes into contact with the engine, and if you are using the same oil pan peel the old gasket off and clean the surface on the oil pan where the gasket goes.
Step 5: Place the new gasket on the oil pan and stick the oil pan up onto the engine and stick a few bolts in on each side. Make sure the gasket stays aligned with all the bolt holes. You may use some RTV on the gasket but if the surfaces are good and clean you shouldnt have to
Step 6: tighten all the bolts to spec according to the repair manual for your vehicle
Step 7: Fill your engine with the correct type and capacity and then start the engine up and check for leaks
Step 8: Your Done!!

Jan 03, 2011 | 2000 Chevrolet Venture

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I need to replace the oil pan in a 2001 dodge neon. Is this a DYI job??


Do you need to replace the oil pan it self or just the oil pan seal? This can been a DYI job, depending on your experience working with cars. You will need a your basic tools. (Jack Stands, Jack, Oil Container, wrenches and sockets, new oil and filter.) The first thing you will need to do is drain the oil. This is a good time to change your oil since you will be taking the oil pan completely off.
Steps to removing oil pan
1) Set car on jack stands or ramps in order to work under the car. (Be Safe, Be Smart!)
2) You will need a wrench or socket to remove oil drain plug and drain the oil out of the car
-This is a good time to change your oil, so replace oil filter as well.
3) Once the oil is drained you can take of the oil pan off. Most oil pans are just bolted. Not to hard to take of.
4) Once off this is a good time to clean the oil pan if your just replacing the gasket. Do not use lubricant cleaners like wd-40. Brake cleaner has worked for me, you can also ask your local auto shop or autozone for a good cleaner.
5)Replace the oil pan with new gasket making sure there are no tears in gasket and it sits well between the oil pan and engine block. (Make sure there is nothing in the oil pan as well that could cause harm)
6) once you replaced the oil pan its just as simple as putting oil back into your car like you are changing your oil.

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Where is the oil pump located on a 1999 ford taurus and whats items do i need replace a long with the oil pump


Remove oil pan oil pump and pick up tube & screen will be bolted on.
You should get oil pump lube, carb. cleaner, new pump oil,
oil pan gasket, silicon, oil & filter, loc-tight, gasket remover & tools metric, 1/4 drive socket set, scraper / putty knife, 2 jack stands, a jack or ramps,
& blocks for rear wheels.
Lets get started.

(1)Get your car up on stands or ramps block rear tires.

(2)Drain oil & remove oil filter remove battery cable NEG (-)

(3)remove pan

(4)remove old pump

(5)remove pick up tube from oil pump

(6)Now clean tube & screen with carb. cleaner place on news paper to dry.

(7) clean all old gasket off from engine & pan also clean bolts

(8)place silicon on pan place gasket on pan put bolts in from gasket side to Aline holes put a side to dry

(9) Attach tube to pump with a little loc-tight fill pump with oil pump lube

(10)attach pump to engine block make sure rod goes in proper & bolt are tight.

(11)Bolt pan back on engine using a 1/4 in drive ratchet don't over tighten bolts get all bolts in now slow run each bolt in starting at 1 end then jump to the other then go to bolt at other end a cross from 1st bolt. Do this till all bolts are ran in. Now tighten bolts look for gasket on side of pan.If it starts to push out stop go to next bolt.

(12)Instill new filter & drain plug,& pour in oil

(13)Replace Neg - cable

I hope this works for you it's a basic oil pump change for most cars.
Some take more steps.

Jul 14, 2010 | 1999 Ford Taurus

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How to and what tools are nessacery to change oil


oil catch pan hydraulic cat and ratchet with metric sockets adjustable filter rachet lift car front get on under with oil pan rachets and on the motors side of the car you'll find a bolt on the crank pan just a lonley screw on the bottom of a pan close to where your under loosen screw first then put oil pan under try and loosen screw slowly so when it lets go you can cntrol the flow a little so the oil pan can be put in the proper place to catch the oil let it empty till there is nothing but droplets return screw and tighten back on do not over do it the treads on the pan can be harmed if you over tighten then locate filter put oild pan under filter loosen and the same way as the screw do with the fiter . Before putting in new filter on put some fresh oil on the rubber ring and inside just a little so it goes on smooth your finished under the car now go up top hood open you can put car down by now find oil cap and fill in oil

Apr 03, 2010 | 2002 Toyota Camry

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I would like to change the oil (not just add oil) for my 93 Mercury Tracer. How do I do this myself?


to be honest most shops charge cost for an oil change it is a loss leader they eat the labour in hopes of other problems they find and hopefully they get to fix it they will point out the problems with the hopes of future business

check out the prices at local parts store for filter and fluid cost then remember the old oil should be disposed of legaly meaning a disposal fee and a trip to drop off station then theres the tools and the time required the mess and the gooey greasy mess thet will folow

trust me even my self as a mechanic take my car to the garage for an oil change

but if you have your heart set on doing it your self
buy a chilton book from local parts store they will list alll steps snd even show pictures the help you

well eithor way good luck and enjoy the experience and the whisdom

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Is it easy to change oil myself in my hyundai 2002 sonata


yes it very easy if you have all the tools and a small ramp you can drive the car up on. today my opinion its not worth changing your own oil anymore unless you enjoying get down dirty and greasy. us "mechanic" don't even change or own oil. most places now offer oil change for 19.95 to 29.95. take your car which will take 4.5 quarts of oil and it will cost you, 2.25 each would come to 10.00 bucks, filter 8.00 buck and now you have 19.00 bucks. Im assummed this will be your first oil change, you will need to by the oil filter removal tools, two small car ramp, oil pan and a big container to storage your used oil. you will have close to 100 buck on the tools. if you plan to change your oil regularly, than it would be good investment in the tools. even though oil change is 29.95 to me it worth paying some one 10 bucks to get underneath that car and have them do the oil change. hope that help some

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Oil Pan Gasket Leak


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I have a 1997 porche 911 cab, I have never changed the oil and filter myself. Is it hard and how do you do it Thanks


Gravity does all the hard work. If you can figure out how to work a wrench, you can change your own oil. I'd pickup a repair manual, it will have the basics that tell you how to do a tune up/oil change etc.

You should also google Porsche groups, I'm sure there are a lot of greasemonkeys hanging out there who love to train noobies.

Its not difficult, but you need to make sure you have the right filter, and know where the drain plug is, before you get started.

Basically you drive the car a bit to get the oil warm, then you park it and set the brake. Put a drain pan under the oil pan near the drain plug. Unscrew the drain plug, wear rubber gloves, the oil will be hot, let the oil drain into the pan, now fish around in the pan for the drain plug that you dropped into the hot oil cause the oil was burning your fingers, when you find the drain plug, clean it off with a paper towel and open a beer. Now you need to remove the old oil filter, they usually either unscrew or are in a cannister, that service manual I told you to buy will tell you where it is and how to remove it. now open another beer, and put the clean filter in wherever the old filter came out of. Best to order a pizza now or you'll be drunk by the time you get this job done.

Okay clean filter is on, time to put the drain plug back in the oil pan, if its an aluminum pan, you probably should use a torque wrench to make sure you don't overtighten it and strip the threads, otherwise just put a new lock washer/crush washer on the plug (it should come with the filter)
Now add some quarts of your favorite oil after opening one more beer. That manual you bought will tell you exactly how many quarts of oil your engine will hold.

After its all together, check the dispstick to make sure you have enough oil in your car, then start the engine and move the car, look underneath for oil leaks, thats a sign that the drain plug isn't tight enough.

Take it for a test drive as soon as you sober up from all the beer. Easy peasy.

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