January 9, 2009, Newsletter Issue #149: Changing Your Oil Filter

Tip of the Week

When removing an oil filter, always make sure the engine and the filter has cooled.

After the engine is cooled and if the oil filter can easily be accessed (sometimes you may have to loosen or remove parts to get to the oil filter), with a oil filter wrench, loosen the filter. If it feels like it's not moving and you can reach the filter with both hands, use both hands. Once the filter is removed, take a look at it to see if there is excessive or unusual wear or metal shavings around the opening. If there are metal shavings or a question about what you see, consult your local mechanic for advice. If you have already drained all the oil from the vehicle and are ready to replace the oil filter, fill the oil filter about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full with motor oil. Install the oil filter, hand-tighten only, but firmly and do not use your oil filter wrench to tighten the oil filter. Make sure you remember to install your oil drain plug and refill your crank case with motor oil.

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