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Changing Your Oil

How to replace your oil

Usually a simple top-up of motor oil is sufficient to keep your car running smoothly, but when the time comes to replace it completely, you can do it yourself following our step-by-step process. Before starting this process, inspect your car manufacturer’s specific instructions and guidelines.

Tools

Check your owner’s manual for specific guidelines.

  • Shell Helix Motor Oil
  • New oil filter
  • Safety gear (safety glasses and rubber gloves)
  • Plastic bucket and a funnel
  • Car jack and jack stand
  • Drain plug socket wrench
  • Paper towels and a rag
  • Oil filter wrench
  1. Prepare your car – Park your car on a level surface with the handbrake pulled up and the engine switched off, then leave the engine to cool down for a few minutes. If you have the space, jack up your car, using jack stands for added support. Never get under your car unless it is secured on jack stands. You could put a tarp or plastic underneath to protect the ground.
  2. Unscrew the oil cap – Unscrew the oil cap to let in air from the top. If you don’t do this, it will create a vacuum which will prevent the oil from draining out properly.
  3. Place the bucket – If you’re sure your car is stable, slide underneath it and find the oil drain plug. Look for a bolt beneath the oil sump. Make sure your bucket or plastic container is low enough to fit under your car, but large enough to hold all the oil.
  4. Drain out the oil – Unscrew your drain plug and let the oil drain out into the bucket. Be careful not to let it spill on you, as it might still be hot if you didn’t let your engine cool down. This could take a few minutes.
  5. Remove the old oil filter – Consult your owner’s manual to find the oil filter in your car. Loosen it by turning the oil filter and turning the filter wrench anti-clockwise.
  6. Install the new filter –To make the filter seat ready for the new filter, place a light coating of oil on the new filter’s gasket. Screw the new filter into place. Make sure that it’s not over-tight. Now screw the oil drain plug securely into place.
  7. Fill up with oil – Carefully pour Shell Helix motor oil into the engine. A funnel will help you not to spill. Measure the oil level after every 2 litres using your dipstick. Turn the engine on for 10 minutes once you’ve reached the correct oil level. Check the oil again and if the level is low, top it up with more oil.
  8. Clean up – Clean up any spillage on your engine and check the drain plug to make sure there are no leaks.
  9. Dispose of the old oil – Used oil needs to be disposed of carefully. Put it in a sealed container and take it to your nearest auto repair centre or service station. Most places will dispose of this for free.