Oil Filter Service
Maintenance is always cheaper than repair. This is especially true if you ignore simple maintenance schedules for your vehicle.
By ignoring maintenance or even small problems, your vehicle's risk of developing even larger and more expensive problems increases.
By performing routine oil and oil filter changes in accordance to your manufacturer's recommendations, you will keep your vehicle running smooth and healthy.
How To Change Your Oil Filter
Here are the simple steps we usually take to change oil. If you attempt to change the oil and oil filter yourself, be careful as the oil may be hot!
- Turn on the engine and let it run for a while. This will ensure that the oil runs more smoothly.
- Lift the vehicle by preferably going up a pair of ramps. Make sure to follow appropriate safety steps like applying the parking brake and placing chucks behind the vehicle's rear wheels.
- Find the oil drain plug
- Place an oil pan directly underneath
- Unscrew the plug
- Drain the oil and replace the plug
- Remove the old oil filter and replace with a lubricated new oil filter
- Refill with new oil
- Run engine
- Perform inspection to check for problems such as leaks
Symptoms of a clogged oil filter
There are some common signs that you may need to replace your oil filter. Look for these if you haven't replaced your oil or your oil filter in a long time.
- The car doesn't pick up like it used to. The acceleration will feel sluggish and the car's overall performance will not be what it used to be.
- You hear soft explosive sounds
- You hear the sound of metal touching against other metal inside of the engine. This means that there is not enough oil circulating because of the clog.
- Pressure drops: check the oil pressure gauge on the dash.
- Black exhaust or the smell of burning oil in the exhaust
Problems with Oil Filter Housing Gasket
Sometimes it isn't the oil filter itself that is the problem, but the housing gasket.
The oil filter housing gasket helps to form a seal between the filter and the engine. If you have a defective housing gasket, then debris can be introduced into the engine, which can cause severe problems.
Common signs include:
- Engine oil light illuminated in the dash. This can either be for low oil pressure or low engine oil.
- There is oil seeping through the filter.
- The oil pressure is low. Check your oil pressure gauge on the dash
Oil Filter Replacement Tools
For most oil filter replacements, you will only need to use your hands, as they are simple screw-on filters.
If you are having difficulties removing the oil filter, then you can try a variety of tools, from simple gloves to more specialized tools.
One of the tools we utilize is the oil filter wrench. This tool helps to easily attach to and grip the oil filter for removal.
There are also canister filters which normally require some size socket to open.
Oil Filter Replacement Cost
Oil filters are relatively cheap, so your cost to replace them is very low. We recommend that you change your oil filter with each oil change during your regular maintenance periods.