How do i change the oil
Make sure you have 5 quarts of good quality motor oil (I prefer Mobil 1 Synthetic 5W30 but you don't have to use that if you don't want) and an oil filter. The oil filter has to be one designed specifically for your year/make/model vehicle...Champion PH51A is a good example of what will fit your vehicle.
Now, the first step is to run the motor for about 10 minutes to warm it up then let it sit for a minute or two to let the oil settle back into the oil pan. Jack the front of the vehicle up so that you can crawl underneath it...***do not leave it on the jack, use jackstands to support the vehicle***
Next crawl under the vehicle and locate the oil pan drain plug (here is a hint, the oil pan is the square looking thing just before the transmission and the plug is near the back of the pan) put your oil collection container under the plug and slowly remove the plug...***be careful here, the oil is very warm***
Let the oil drain into the container until you see just a few drops coming out then replace the plug and wipe the area down with a rag to prevent oil drips.
Next, locate the oil filter (up by the front bumper you will see a small drop down panel, the oil filter is behind that, drop that panel down, place your oil collection container underneath and remove the oil filter ***there will be some oil that comes out of the port, let it drip out, do not turn the filter upside down until it is directly over the oil collection container***
Next, get your new oil filter and put a thin coat of oil on the rubber gasket of the filter (this is accomplished by opening one of the quarts of fresh oil and simply dipping your finger in and rubbing around the gasket) screw the filter on and hand tighten it about 1/4 of a turn. Be sure to re-fasten the panel you dropped earlier.
Now you can take your vehicle off the jackstands, simply jack the vehicle just enough to clear the stands, remove and slowly lower the vehicle until the wheels touch the ground. ***DO NOT START THE ENGINE***
Now, pop the hood open and remove the oil cap on the engine and carefully add the 5 quarts of oil, try not to spill any, if you need a funnel use one...I use a funnel every time!
Now, once the oil is in the engine, pull the dipstick, wipe it clean, reinsert, pull out and look at it, you should see the new oil on the stick. It doesn't hurt to get down on the ground and look to see if oil is leaking around the filter and the drain plug...right now it's a simple matter of tightening, much better than losing your engine later because the oil leaked out!
NOW you can start the engine...the gauge will not show oil pressure until the pump picks up the new oil and distributes it throughout the engine. Let the motor run for about 2-3 minutes and shut it off. Leave it be for another 2-3 minutes and check the oil level again on the dipstick. The oil level on the stick should be right at the normal mark (could be the stick has a "add oil" etched on it then what looks like a rough area and then a "full" etched on it; if the oil is close to the "full" mark you are fine)
That's about it for an oil change, I know it sounds like a lot of work but once you do it, you will see it's really rather simple!
Sep 15, 2009 |
1997 GMC Jimmy