The more you know about changing a vehicle’s engine oil, the better off your pride and joy will be. Changing engine oil is a task every off-roader should be capable of. If your engine oil is contaminated in a deepwater crossing it will help to know how to drain water from the bottom of the sump (let it settle overnight) then top up with some “emergency” oil
Here are some pre-oil change tips:
Wear safety goggles to prevent eye injury. Wear mechanics’ gloves. If you don’t wear gloves, take your rings off. There are plenty of live wires in an engine bay and if one shorts out on your ring, it will become red-hot. Before starting, clean the engine bay, then go for a 30-minute drive – the time it takes for carbon to go back into solution with the oil. If a workshop is doing the job, clean your vehicle thoroughly. If it’s obvious you care about your rig, chances are the mechanic will be more careful. Get a few empty oil bottles for waste oil and two clean drain trays. Check your owner’s manual to see how much oil you need. Lay a plank of ply across the top of the radiator and both batteries to protect the radiator from dropped-tool damage and the batteries from spanner shorts. You can also sit bits and pieces on it. A mechanics trolley is useful. Have a clean funnel, oil filter, Brakleen, sump plug seal/washer and oil sample bottle handy. You’ll also need a filter-removing tool. The best is the strap-type with a ½-inch drive. Get out your ½-inch drive ratchet and extension for the filter tool, a pocket-knife, a 14mm socket and ratchet, and a rag. Okay, you’re ready to go. Now just follow the photo captions, from 1 to 10.