Place a 3/8-inch (0.9 centimeters) socket in the socket wrench, fit it over the drain plug’s nut and turn it counterclockwise. The oil drain plug should be easy to open. To catch all of the spilled oil, place a bucket and a newspaper under the car’s engine.
If you have an aftermarket oil pump, you can use it to drain the oil out of your car. If you don’t have one, the best way to do this is to use a hose clamp to hold the pump in place while you drain it. You can also use an oil filter to filter out any oil that is left behind.
Why is my oil drain plug so tight?
The main reason why an oil drain plug gets stuck is due to sludge. It is difficult to remove the oil drain plug using the traditional method. The sludge forms around the drain plug because the oil in the engine has exceeded its oil capacity.
Oil drain plugs are designed to be removed using a special tool called a “drain plug scraper”. This tool is used to break the seal between the two halves of the plug. Once the tool has been removed, it can be reused for the next oil change.
Can you change oil without removing drain plug?
The risk of cross threading the oil pan when you replace your plug is eliminated because you don’t have to remove the oil plug or replace any washers or gaskets. You still have to jack up the car and drain the oil into a pan in order to throw the lever. It does save some time.
Do you need a torque wrench to change oil?
If you are new to changing your oil though, use a torque wrench and the proper factory torque specs. If you don’t have practice, it’s easy to over-tighten a bolt and remove the threads. If you have to change the oil under the car, you might need ramps, floor jacks, jack stands, and wheel chocks.
How do you drain oil from a car?
To remove the drain plug, loosen it and use the correct wrench. As you pull the drain plug away from the oil pan, the oil will start pouring out as you hold on to the drain plug. If the flow of oil has slowed to a trickle, allow the engine to drain for five minutes.
If you have an aftermarket oil filter, you will need to remove the filter and replace it with a new one. If you do not have a filter you can use a paper towel or rag to soak up any oil that may have leaked out of the new filter. Do not use alcohol or any other solvents as they can damage the plastic filter housing and cause it to leak.
Where is the oil drain plug located?
You can use a work light or flashlight to look under your car. You should be able to see and reach a large nut or plug under the oil pan at the bottom of the engine. The oil drain plug has something on it. If you can’t see it, you may need to replace the drain pan.
If you have an aftermarket oil pump, make sure that it is properly installed and that you are using the correct type of oil for your vehicle. For example, if your engine is equipped with a 4-cylinder engine, use a synthetic oil (such as Mobil 1, Mobil 2, or Mobil 3) that is designed for use with that engine.
On the other hand, a 3- or 2-stroke engine may require an oil with higher viscosity (i.e., higher boiling point) and/or higher octane rating (e.g., E85, E100, etc.). If your oil is not designed to be used with your specific vehicle, it may be necessary to purchase a new pump.
What happens if you over tighten oil drain plug?
Damage can be done by over-tightening. You can strip the threads if you over-tighten the drain plug. If you’re not careful, you can damage the rubber gasket atop the oil filter.