OIL LEVEL CHECK
It is a good idea to check the engine oil each time or at least every other time you fill your gas tank. Check the oil level, if the red oil warning light comes on or if the oil pressure gauge shows an abnormally low reading.
It is preferable to check the oil level when the engine is cold or after the car has been standing for a while. Checking the oil immediately after the engine has been running will result in a false reading. Be sure that the car is on a level surface before checking the oil level.
- Be sure your car is on level ground. Shut OFF the engine and wait for a few minutes to allow the oil to drain back into the oil pan.
- Remove the engine oil dipstick and wipe clean with a rag.
- Reinsert the dipstick and push it down until it is fully seated in the tube.
- Remove the stick and check the oil level shown. The oil level should be at the F mark (Full) or between the F and the L (Low) marks. Do not run the engine if the oil level is below the L. Add oil, as necessary. Use only oil which carries the API designation SH. Do not use unlabeled oil or a lower grade of oil which does not meet SH specifications.
- If you wish, you may carefully fill the oil pan to the upper mark on the dipstick with less than a full quart. Do not, however, add a full quart when it would overfill the crankcase (level above the upper mark on the dipstick). The excess oil will generally be consumed at an excessive rate even if no damage to the engine seals occurs.
OIL & FILTER CHANGE
The manufacturer recommends changing the engine oil and oil filter every 8 months or 10,000 miles (16,000 km). However, it is recommended that the engine oil and oil filter be changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles (4,800 km). The engine oil and oil filter can be changed at 2,000 (3,200 km) or 2 month intervals if the driving conditions for your vehicle is done through severe dust and dirty conditions. Following these recommended intervals will help keep you car engine in good condition.
- Make sure the engine is at normal operating temperature (this promotes complete draining of the old oil).
- Apply the parking brake and block the wheels or raise and support the car evenly on jackstands.
- Place a drain pan of about a gallon and a half capacity under the engine oil pan drain plug. Use the proper size wrench, loosen and remove the plug. Allow all the old oil to drain. Wipe the pan and the drain plug with a clean rag. Inspect the drain plug gasket, replace if necessary.
- Reinstall and tighten the drain plug. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN!
- Move the drain pan under the engine oil filter. Use a strap wrench and loosen the oil filter (do not remove), allow the oil to drain. Unscrew the filter the rest of the way by hand. Use a rag, if necessary, to keep from burning your fingers. When the filter comes loose from the engine, turn the mounting base upward to avoid spilling the remaining oil.
- Wipe the engine filter mount clean with a rag. Coat the rubber gasket on the new oil filter with clean engine oil, applying it with a finger. Carefully start the filter onto the threaded engine mount. Turn the filter until it touches the engine mounting surface. Tighten the filter, by hand, 1 / 2 turn more or as recommended by the filter manufacturer.
- Lower the vehicle to the ground. Refill the crankcase with four quarts of engine oil. Replace the filler cap and start the engine. Allow the engine to idle and check for oil leaks. Shut OFF the engine, wait for several minutes, then check the oil level with the dipstick. Add oil if necessary.
Store the used oil in a container made for that purpose until you can find a service station or garage that accepts used oil for recycling.