OIL LEVEL CHECK
Every time you stop for fuel, check the engine oil, after making sure the engine has fully warmed and the vehicle is parked on a level surface. Because it takes some time for the oil to drain back to the oil pan, you should wait a few minutes before checking your oil. If you are doing this at a fuel stop, first fill the fuel tank, then open the hood and check the oil, but don't get so carried away as to forget to pay for the fuel! Most station attendants won't believe that you forgot.
- Make sure the car is parked on level ground.
- When checking the oil level, it is best for the engine to be at normal operating temperature, although checking the oil immediately after stopping will lead to a false reading. Wait a few minutes after turning off the engine to allow the oil to drain back into the crankcase.
- Open the hood and locate the dipstick, which will be in a guide tube located in the front of the engine compartment. Pull the dipstick from its tube, wipe it clean (using a clean, lint-free rag) and then reinsert it.
See Figures 1 and 2
- Pull the dipstick out again and, holding it horizontally, read the oil level. The oil should be between the SAFE and ADD, MIN and MAX or the upper and lower notch marks on the dipstick. If the oil is below the ADD, MIN, or lower notch marks, add oil of the proper viscosity through the capped opening in the top of the valve cover. See the oil and fuel recommendations listed earlier in this section for the proper viscosity and rating of oil to use.
See Figures 3 and 4
- Insert the dipstick and check the oil level again after adding any oil. Approximately one quart of oil will raise the level from the ADD, MIN, or lower notch marks to the SAFE, MAX, or upper notch marks. Be sure not to overfill the crankcase. Excess oil will generally be consumed at an accelerated rate and may cause problems.
- Close the hood.
OIL & FILTER CHANGE
The manufacturer's recommended oil change interval is 7500 miles (12,000 km) under normal operating conditions. We recommend an oil change interval of 3000-3500 miles (4800-5600 km) under normal conditions; more frequently under severe conditions such as when the average trip is less than 4 miles (6 km), the engine is operated for extended periods at idle or low speed, when towing a trailer or operating in dusty areas.
In addition, we recommend that the filter be replaced EVERY time the oil is changed.
Please be considerate of the environment. Dispose of waste oil properly by taking it to a service station, municipal facility or recycling center.
- Run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature. Then turn the engine OFF .
- Remove the oil filler cap.
- Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle using jackstands.
- Slide a drain pan of at least 5 quarts (4.7 liters) capacity under the oil pan. Wipe the drain plug and surrounding area clean using an old rag.
See Figures 5 through 9
- Loosen the drain plug using a ratchet, short extension and socket, or a box wrench. Turn the plug out by hand, using a rag to shield your fingers from the hot oil. By keeping an inward pressure on the plug as you unscrew it, oil won't escape past the threads and you can remove it without being burned by hot oil. Quickly withdraw the plug and move your hands out of the way, but be careful not to drop the plug into the drain pan, as fishing it out can be an unpleasant mess. Allow the oil to drain completely.
- Examine the condition of the drain plug for thread damage or stretching, and replace if necessary. Remove and discard the drain plug gasket.
- Install the drain plug and new gasket. Tighten the drain plug to 25-33 ft. lbs. (34-44 Nm).
- Move the drain pan under the oil filter. Use a strap-type or end cap-type wrench to loosen the oil filter. Cover your hand with a rag and spin the filter off by hand, but turn it slowly. Keep in mind that it's holding about one quart of dirty, hot oil.
Be careful when removing the oil filter, because the filter contains about 1 quart of hot, dirty oil.
See Figure 10
- Empty the old oil filter into the drain pan, then properly dispose of the filter.
- Using a clean shop towel, wipe off the filter adapter on the engine block. Be sure the towel does not leave any lint which could clog an oil passage.
- Coat the rubber gasket and pour some fresh oil into the new filter before installation; this will lubricate the engine quicker during initial startup. Spin the filter onto the adapter by hand until it contacts the mounting surface, then tighten it an additional 1 / 2 - 3 / 4 turn. Do NOT overtighten the filter.
See Figure 11
- Carefully lower the vehicle.
- Refill the crankcase with the correct amount of fresh engine oil. Please refer to the Capacities chart later in this section.
- Install the oil filler cap.
See Figure 12
- Check the oil level on the dipstick. It is normal for the level to be a bit above the full mark until the engine is run and the new filter is filled with oil. Start the engine and allow it to idle for a few minutes.
- Shut off the engine and allow the oil to flow back to the crankcase for a minute, then recheck the oil level. Check around the filter and drain plug for any leaks, and correct as necessary.
See Figure 13
When you have finished this job, you will notice that you now possess four or five quarts of dirty oil. The best thing to do is to pour it into plastic jugs, such as milk or old antifreeze containers. Then, locate a service station or automotive parts store where you can pour it into their used oil tank for recycling.
Improperly disposing of used motor oil not only pollutes the environment, it violates federal law. Dispose of waste oil properly.