There is little doubt that if we were to come up with an analogy for a car engine, it would be the heart, while the oil would be the blood, keeping the engine running properly and timely throughout the day, or as long as you are driving on the road. And if the engine is the heart, there could be hardly any arguments against the fact that you have to take care of it – one of the easiest ways of doing so is to regularly change your oil.
Changing your oil and your oil filter is not a hard process but it does require you to comfortably get under the car, as the oil sump plug is located at the bottom of the engine, which will help you drain your old oil.
Changing your car’s oil
The first step is to get your car on a higher surface, which would allow you to work under your vehicle comfortably. Preferably it would be a stable hoist that would ensure your safety while draining the old oil from your engine.
If you have a bottom engine cover, remove it, and locate the oil sump, which should have the oil drain plug either on the side of it or in rarer cases, on the bottom of it. It is also important and also mandated by regulations that you recycle your old oil, delivering it to a certified location that handles such waste.
Move your oil drip tray or an oil drum drain pan, which connects to your oil drum, under the oil sump and unscrew the plug. As you do so, be careful, as due to the pressure that is inside of the sump can result in your oil being sprayed everywhere, including yourself.
Once all of the oil has drained out, clean the plug and the hole with a degreaser such as the WD-40, eliminating any possibility that contaminants would find a way into your engine through the oil. Tighten the plug and make sure not to overdo it, as that will make it harder to change the lubricant later down the road.
Changing your car‘s oil filter
Before you put any oil into the vehicle, you should also change your oil filter, which cleans up any contaminants that could be found within the oil, as it will also ensure the longevity of your engine.
First, you need to locate the oil filter housing located somewhere around the engine, varying between the engine type, car, and model year. For example, on the Volkswagen Golf MK7, you can access it easily from under your car. Untighten the housing and pull out the filter, cleaning the housing with a degreaser as well before you put in the new filter.
Put in a new seal ring, and the new oil filter, and tighten the housing. As previously with the oil sump plug, be careful to not overtighten it, as it will make the process that much less pleasant the next time you go through the process. With the oil filter in place, it is time to fill your engine with the material, and referring to the owner’s manual or the car manufacturer’s recommendations, fill the right amount with the right oil.
Finally, check the dipstick to make sure that your engine has enough oil to lubricate all the parts inside, and close the hood.
Oil service reset with OBDeleven
While the mechanical part of the job is done, all you have to do now is to reset your oil service interval on your dashboard. You can do so easily with OBDeleven, if you have a car made by the Volkswagen Group (VAG), namely such brands as Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Škoda, Bentley, or Lamborghini.
Connect your car with the OBDeleven device and then at the bottom of the screen, click Apps. Once there, click on Workshop and scroll down till you find the Oil service reset One-Click App, and press activate. Once the pop-up menu shows up, mark reset, and click Activate once again.
That’s it, you are ready to go!
If you are looking for additional instructions or clarification on how to change your oil and reset the oil service interval with OBDeleven, you can also watch the video tutorial here: