To change an oil filter, drain the old oil, and remove the filter with a specialized wrench. Apply fresh oil to the rubber seal on the new filter, and install it by hand. You need a large bucket, a socket wrench set and an oil filter wrench.
- Warm up the oil
Start the engine, and allow it to run for a few minutes.
- Jack up the front end
Place the front end of the vehicle on jack stands or a ramp.
- Position the bucket
Place a large bucket underneath the oil drain plug.
- Drain the oil
Loosen the bolt that secures the plug, and allow the oil to drain into the bucket. Remove the oil filler cap to quicken the flow.
- Replace the drain plug
Install a new oil drain plug gasket if needed, and replace the drain plug and filler cap.
- Remove the oil filter
Position the bucket underneath the oil filter, and use the oil filter wrench to remove it.
- Clean the area
Use a clean rag to remove debris and gasket residue from the mounting surface.
- Install the new filter
Rub oil along the gasket of the new filter, and install the filter in the vehicle.
- Add fresh oil
Add the necessary amount of oil for your vehicle in the oil reservoir.
- Check for leaks and oil level
Start the engine, and check for leaks underneath the vehicle. Use the dipstick to ensure the oil level is correct.