Warning: Only attempt to change your own SUV oil if you are fully comfortable with the whole process – especially after you have read our instructions. Also changing the engine oil is a messy process.
Most will jurisdictions have laws regarding the proper disposal of used engine oil, consult your area’s bylaws and follow them.
SUVs are heavier than sedans and according Jdpower.com, “Most SUVs weigh between 2,000 and 6,000 pounds, with the most popular, mid-size models weighing around 5,000 pounds.” So always use proper caution when doing any maintenance work on your vehicle.
Regular on schedule oil changes is a must for the smooth running of your SUV, and virtually ever manufacturer will have different intervals, oil brands and type they recommend.
If you comfortable, let’s do it
There are a few different ways you can approach the oil change process, but the most common way is to do it in a 10 step process.
This will help you make sure you do it right and protect your engine. Here is the 10 step process for changing your oil.
#1 Park your car:
The first thing you need to do is find a safe place to park your car. You don’t want to be in the middle of your oil change and have someone hit your car or cause damage to it.
#2 Open your hood:
Next, you need to open your hood and make sure you clean off your engine. You want to make sure you remove any dirt or grime from your engine and make it as clean as possible.
#3 Protect your engine:
You also want to make sure you protect your engine from any dirt or grime that may be on your hands. You can do this by using gloves.
#4 Place your drain pan:
Make sure you put the drain pan underneath your car where the oil is going to flow out of. The oil will flow out from the engine where the filter is located.
#5 Remove the old oil filter:
Once you have the oil flowing into the drain pan, you can remove the old oil filter and replace it with a new filter.
#5 Change your oil:
You can now remove the oil dipstick and put a new jug or container under the oil spout. You can then pour new oil into the engine until it’s full. Keep in mind that you want to make sure you use the right viscosity of oil.
#6 Clean up:
Once you’ve finished, make sure you clean up around your car and put everything away.
#7 Drive your car:
Finally, you can get back in your car and drive off. You should let your car run for a few miles so that the fresh oil can circulate and make its way to the engine parts.
These 7 steps will help you make sure you have a successful oil change that protects your engine and keeps it running smoothly.
Before you know it, changing your oil will become second nature. Protecting your car is important, and oil changes are a great way to do it.
With regular oil changes, you can reduce engine wear and extend the life of your car.