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How to Change Your Oil Filter


Many people balk at driving a car because they are not mechanically-inclined.

There are all too many cars that have specific individual problems, and these problems can create difficulties that affect the running of the car. In order that everything runs smoothly, there is a lot of importance placed on the engine oil, as this keeps moving parts moving. That oil itself is never much use unless you have a good oil filter in the car's engine. There is all the more importance placed on the quality of the oil filter in a powerful car, as these cars are considered high-performance vehicles and depend on the moving parts performance more than ever.

Replacing an engine oil filter is, theoretically, not supposed to be too difficult. In theory, the filter can be changed by hand. In practice this is almost never the case, because of the fact that oil "as most of us will be fully aware" tends to be quite slippery.

Thus filters often cannot be loosened by hand, but there are special filter wrenches that may be used. They come in two general types: the jointed pincer style and handle-and-chain style. Either is a handy tool to unscrew an oil filter, a task extremely difficult to do even when using latex gloves. At any rate, work gloves of leather, denim or latex are recommended when using filter wrenches as they minimize the metal's bite on the hand when applying pressure to unscrew the filter. They also protect the hand from oil spills, a good thing for those who are allergic or averse to oil on their skin.

Sometimes the filter is too tight, but wiping it with a rag to lessen its surface slickness from the oil will help the wrench make purchase on the filters cover.

When the filter is loose enough, remove it by hand. Ready a container beforehand to catch the residual oil that will drip from the nozzle or opening as you remove it. You can also turn it upside down as soon as possible to avoid more oil drips. Wipe the drops of oil off your hand as soon as possible.

At this stage, again, it will be worth using a fresh rag to wipe the nozzle and the sides of the new filter for the purposes of ease of handling. You will be well-advised to smear some oil on the rubber surface of the gasket, as this will smooth the twisting of the filter on to the nozzle. A few drips will do, and if you smear them over the whole rubber surface it will create a firm contact point.

Turn the filter by hand when it begins to thread in but do not force it at the start: you might damage the thread and the filter will not seat perfectly, causing leaks. It is good practice to turn it counterclockwise first (as if loosening it) a few turns to find the entry thread before turning it the other way to thread it in. This way you can be assured of a good thread-in. Hand-tighten it to a good fit and youre done.

 


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