Want to save money and feel good doing it? Changing your car’s oil yourself can be much cheaper than taking it to your local auto shop or dealer. Plus it gives you the satisfaction of a job well done in the end! Below is a basic overview of the steps required to change the oil on an Audi A4, but the same steps can also apply to several other Audi and Volkswagen models of the same year.
Tools You’ll Want
- Regular screw driver
- 19mm wrench
- Oil filter wrench
- An empty bucket or container
- Pouring funnel
- Rubber gloves
Warm up your engine, allowing it to run for 5-10 minutes. This will ensure the used oil will drain easily out of the engine.
Use a regular screw driver to remove the under-body splash pan.
Look for screws on bottom sides as well as each wheel well.
Open your hood, locate the oil fill cap and loosen it, but do not remove it just yet!
This will allow the oil to freely flow from the bottom of the engine.
Place your empty bucket or container below the engine oil drain plug. Then with your 19mm wrench loosen and remove the drain plug. Allow the used oil to fully drain from the engine.
Place your bucket or container below where the oil filter is located. Use your oil filter wrench to loosen and remove the used oil filter.
Clean any excess oil residues from affected areas and screw the oil drain plug back in tightly.
Using your new motor oil, lightly apply oil to the new oil filter’s rubber seal with your finger. This will ensure the seal is tight and allow the filter to be more easily removed on your next oil change.
Screw on the new oil filter with your hand.
Remove the oil fill cap and use a funnel to begin filling the engine with the correctly specified oil as found in your car’s manual. Fill the engine with .5 – 1 quart less than it’s total capacity (also found in your manual).
Use the dipstick to check the oil level ensuring you don’t overfill the engine. Continue adding oil until the proper oil level is obtained on the dipstick.
Reinstall the oil fill cap on the engine and allow the vehicle to run for at least 30 seconds.
Check for any oil leaks in and around the areas worked in and make one last check of the oil level with the dipstick. If the level is lower than it should be, add more oil as needed.
Dispose of the used oil by taking it to an appropriate recycling center. Make a note of at what mileage the oil was changed, and at what mileage the oil will need to be changed again.
Just like that your oil is changed! 12 easy steps to save you money in the long run. Doing it yourself not only provides you with the satisfaction of doing something with your hands, but also alleviates the extra cost associated with labor that you pay at a dealer or auto shop.
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