Thursday, November 25, 2010

How to change oil filter?

What %26quot;special%26quot; tool do I need to change the oil filter on a 1996 Honda Prelude.How to change oil filter?A filter wrench. A drain plug wrench and a catch pan to collect the used oil. After removing the used filter, check to be absolutely sure that the oil filter seal came off with the filter. I have one car that for some reason 4 times out of 5 the seal stays stuck to the adapter - which if not noticed and removed prior to installation of the new filter is Guaranteed to cause a sudden massive and total loss of the oil in the engine which will result in engine self destruction if it happens under load at highway speed! Clean off the adapter mounting surface, apply a film of oil to the seal of the new filter and attache it, tightening it hand tight - if difficult to get a good grip on the filter to tighten it, you can use the filter wrench to give it an extra 1/8 to 1/4 turn after it is snug. Remove the crankcase drain and remove the remaining dirty oil. When the draining oil trickles to a drip replace and moderately tighten the drain plug and refill the crankcase with the correct type and quantity of oil. Start the engine and verify that the engine generates normal oil pressure within 5 seconds of starting, and immediately look under the engine to be certain that the filter seal is good ( no cascade of oil running onto the ground ). Place the car back onto a level surface, turn the engine off for a few minutes and double check the oil level.How to change oil filter?a filter wrench to loosen the filter and a socket wrench to loosen the drain plug. How to change oil filter?Your hand! I'd recommend wearing gloves. Wait till the filter is cool enough.How to change oil filter?You may not need any special tool apart from a wrench or socket to get the drain plug off. For the filter itself, depending how tight it is. You can typically just use your hand. Or if it seems really tight, getting an oil filter wrench will help. That's the only %26quot;special%26quot; tool you may need.

Otherwise it's straight forward. I've pasted a general oil change link that may help.

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