How to Replace your Oil Filter using an Oil Filter Wrench
One of the most useful tools when it comes to oil replacement is the oil filter wrench. This type of wrench is specifically made for removing spin-on type oil filters. These filters are usually smooth, cylindrical in shape with a knurling on the bottom, which makes it difficult to grip especially when it becomes oily due to the residue. It is a very versatile tool and is a must-have for every vehicle owner. Take note that when you apply more force in the handle, the greater the compression force is applied by the strap. This results in more friction between the strap and the object. The secret to using an oil filter wrench is to tighten the strap enough before you apply force on the handle. This is to ensure that the handle has enough travel at the pivot point and further tighten the strap. Here's how you can use your trusty oil filter wrench to replace your oil filter.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
Step 1: Start your engine to warm up the oil of your vehicle.
Step 2: Locate the oil pan. Open the oil filler cap and drain the oil by taking off the plug at the base of the oil pan.
Step 3: Once you have drained the oil from the pan, use your oil filter wrench to loosen the oil filter. You may remove it using your hand once it is already loose.
Step 4: Upon the removal of the oil filter, take time to check the condition of your rubber seal on the old filter. Make sure that it is not stuck in the engine.
Step 5: Apply a film of fresh oil on the mating surface of the rubber seal on the new filter. You may also clean the filter's mating surface on the engine if you can.
Step 6: Replace the new filter into the engine by hand. Tighten it using your hand first before you use a oil filter wrench. You may check the oil filter's instructions or your vehicle's owner's manual to know the torque specifications.
Step 7: Install the drain plug again. Check the condition of the soft washer on the plug and replace it if necessary.
Step 8: Fill your oil tank with the proper amount and type of motor oil based on the manufacturer's recommendation.
Step 9: Try starting your engine but do not rev it until the oil pressure has come up. Check if the oil pressure also increases when you rev up the engine. If it doesn't, then you need add some more oil. You might also need to check if the oil filter is leaking, or if there's a problem with the oil pump.
You can finish replacing your old oil filter in less than an hour, especially if you are already familiar with your oil filter system. It is important that you replace your oil every 5,000 to 10,000 miles to ensure that your engine will not succumb to overheating due to a dirty oil filter.