How to Change the Engine Oil in Vehicles

by Contributing Writer

The Vehicles. The oil in this model is housed in the oil pan on the bottom of the engine. On the bottom of the oil pan is a metal drain plug that will need to be removed to drain the old engine oil from the oil pan. On the side of the oil pan is an oil filter. The oil filter will need to be changed as well during this process.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Engine Oil in a 2001 Buick LeSabre

Raise the hood of the LeSabre. Lift the front of the LeSabre using a jack. Place jack stands on either side of the engine, underneath the front frame rails. Lower the car onto the stands.

Lie beneath the car toward the driver's side. Slide your body beneath the car to access the rear of the oil pan. Place a drain pan beneath the oil pan, and leave the bulk of the pan toward the rear of the car. Loosen the oil drain plug with an open-end wrench. Remove the plug with your fingers, pulling it away quickly so as not to get oil all over your hands. Allow the car to drain for no less than seven minutes.

Insert the oil drain plug into the oil pan. Tighten the drain plug to 25 foot-pounds with a torque wrench and socket.

Visually inspect and locate the oil filter. Find the oil filter on the front lower portion of the engine, or directly over the passenger-side control arm. If the filter is found on the front of the engine, disengage the lower plastic cowl under the engine. Pull the rear lip of the cowl downward to remove it from the front chassis rail, and then access the oil filter.

Set the drain pan directly beneath the oil filter. Loosen the oil filter using a 3/8-inch drive ratchet and a 3/8-inch drive filter claw. Add a 3-inch extension between the ratchet and filter claw, if the filter is over the control arm. Turn the filter counterclockwise to loosen it. Remove the filter by hand and look for the black rubber O-ring gasket attached to the old filter. If the gasket is not on the filter, remove the gasket from the filter-mounting surface on the engine.

Open a fresh jug of oil and dip your finger into the new oil. Lubricate the O-ring gasket on the new oil filter. Install the oil filter onto the engine and tighten it as far as you can by hand. Grab the filter again with a rag in your hand, and turn the filter even farther. The rag will assist you in turning the filter, as the filter is smooth, and can be slippery in your fingers. Wipe any oil from your hands with the rag. Reinsert the front cowl if previously removed.

Raise the car off the jack stands, and then remove the stands from beneath the car. Lower the LeSabre to the ground and remove the jack from beneath the car.

Remove the oil fill cap from the front valve cover of the LeSabre. Insert a 2 qt. or larger funnel into the opening in the valve cover. Add 4-1/2 qts. of 10w30 motor oil to the car. Install the oil fill cap when you are finished, ensuring it is tightened properly.

Start the LeSabre. Kneel next to the car and look beneath the car for any leaks. If you hear a sudden hissing noise or see any oil leaking, immediately shut the car off. Recheck your drain plug and filter to verify both are secured properly. Top off oil if necessary.

Items you will need

  • 1-ton or greater capacity jack

  • 2 jack stands

  • Open end wrench set

  • Drain pan

  • New oil filter

  • 4-1/2 quarts 10w30 motor oil

 How to Change the Engine Oil on a 2007 Chevy Impala

Raise the front of your Impala with a jack. Support the car on a set of jack stands. Remove the jack when the jack stands are secure.

Position a drain pan beneath the drain plug on the oil pan. Remove the oil drain plug with a wrench and wait while the oil drains from the oil pan. Replace the oil drain plug and tighten it with a wrench.

Move the oil drain pan beneath the oil filter. You will find the oil filter near the front wheel on the passenger side of the car. Remove the oil filter with an oil filter wrench and place it facedown in the drain pan. Wipe the mounting area with a clean, dry cloth.

Rub a thin layer of oil around the gasket on the new filter. Fill the new filter completely with clean oil before installing it. Screw the new oil filter into the mounting area until it is tight. Turn it an additional ½ turn to tighten the seal. Remove the drain pan from beneath the car.

Raise the front of your car slightly and remove the jack stands. Lower the car to the ground and raise the hood. Remove the oil fill cap and add three to four quarts of oil, checking the oil level frequently to avoid overfilling the engine. Replace the oil fill cap and close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Wrench set

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Clean, dry cloth

  • New oil filter

  • 5W-30 oil

 How to Change the Engine Oil in a Nissan Patrol 4.2 Diesel

With the engine cool, slide a drain pan underneath the oil pan of your Nissan Patrol. The oil pan is located toward the front of the engine, under the main engine block, and is flat on the bottom. You will see a drain plug protruding from the passenger side of the oil pan (the drain plug looks like a regular bolt).

Loosen and remove the drain plug, with a socket wrench. Allow all of the oil to drain from the vehicle into the drain pan.

Re-install the drain plug in the oil pan and tighten it with a torque wrench to 22 to 29 ft-lbs. Do not over-tighten the plug, as you can crack the threads and cause an oil leak.

Open the hood and remove the stopper and dipstick from the oil-fill spout. The spout is on the passenger side of the engine, slightly off-center, toward the front of the engine block and directly behind the power-steering-fluid reservoir.

Use a funnel to pour new oil into the engine. Wipe any spilled oil off the engine block with a rag. When you are done, return the dipstick and stopper to the oil-fill spout and close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Socket set

  • Drain pain

  • Torque wrench

  • 6-1/2 quarts SAE 5W-30 Mark 2 Oil

  • Funnel

  • Rags

 How to Change The Engine Oil on a Honda Rubicon

Underneath the ATV, locate the four bolts that hold the skid protection plate onto the frame. There should be one in each corner. Use an open-ended wrench to loosen these bolts and remove the skid plate.

Place a drainage bucket underneath the ATV and locate the first drain plug on the right side of the engine case. Remove the drain plug and allow the old oil to drain into the drainage bucket. Replace the drain plug with a new gasket when drained.

Move the drainage bucket to the other side of the ATV, and remove the second drain plug on the left side of the engine case. Allow the remaining oil to drain into the drainage bucket. Replace the drain plug with a new gasket when drained.

From above the ATV, open the oil filler cap and add 3 quarts of engine oil. Close the filler cap, allow the Rubicon to idle for five minutes, shut it off, and then add the remaining 1 1/2 quarts.

Replace the skid protection plate beneath the Rubicon with the four bolts removed earlier. Be sure that these bolts are tight, as the skid protection plate takes quite a beating under riding conditions.

Items you will need

  • Open ended wrench set

  • New drain plug gaskets

  • 5 quarts engine oil

  • Drainage bucket

 How to Change the Engine Oil on a 2001 GMC Yukon

Lift the front of the Yukon with a jack. Place jack stands beneath the front subframe rails. Lower the truck onto the jack stands.

Lay beneath the front of the truck and slide yourself in a position to access the rear of the oil pan. The oil pan is the cast aluminum pan directly beneath the engine. Slide a drain pan beneath the oil pan.

Loosen the oil drain plug with an open-end wrench. Turn the drain plug out with your fingers. Allow the oil to drain into the drain pan for no less than three minutes. Insert the drain plug back into the oil pan. Tighten the plug to 25 foot-pounds with a torque wrench and socket.

Move the drain pan underneath the oil filter. The filter is located at the rear driver's side of the oil pan. Remove the filter with a filter wrench, then dispose of it into the drain pan. Wipe the filter mating surface on the engine with a clean rag. Remove any pieces of old gasket.

Open a fresh bottle of oil. Dip your finger tip in the bottle, then rub the fresh oil onto the gasket of the new oil filter. Thread new oil filter onto the threaded tube at the rear of the oil pan. Once the gasket makes contact, tighten the filter 3/4 turn more. Do not over-tighten it.

Lower the Yukon to the ground. Remove the oil fill cap on the engine. Add 6-quarts of 5w30 motor oil to the engine. Replace the oil fill cap when you are finished.

Start the engine and immediately inspect underneath the car for any leaks. Allow the engine to run for approximately 15 seconds, and turn it off. Wait two minutes for the oil to settle into the oil pan, and check the level with the dipstick. Add oil as needed to bring the level to the "Full" mark.

Items you will need

  • 1-ton or greater capacity jack

  • 2 jack stands

  • 7.5-quart or larger drain pan

  • Open-end wrench

  • Oil filter wrench

  • 6 qts. 5w30 motor oil (See "Tips" section for recommendations)

  • New oil filter

 How to Change Engine Oil in an Acura 3.2 Tl 2003

Lift the left front side of the Acura off of the ground using a jack. Rest the front left side of the Acura on a jack stand.

Place a drain pan under the drain plug on the bottom of the oil pan. Remove the oil drain plug using the ratchet set. Allow the engine oil to drain completely from the oil pan. Replace the drain plug at the bottom of the engine and tighten.

Connect the oil filter tool to the oil filter on the side of the oil pan. Unscrew the oil filter from the engine and remove it. Fill the new oil filter with new engine oil and screw it into the engine where the old filter was.

Use the jack to remove the jack stand and lower the Acura to the ground. Open the hood and remove the oil cap from the engine. Pour four quarts of 5w30 engine oil into the engine. Replace the oil cap onto the engine. Run the engine to circulate the new engine oil.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stand

  • Drain pan

  • Ratchet set

  • Oil filter tool

  • Oil filter

  • Engine oil

 How to Change the Engine Oil for a 2003 Kawasaki Concours

Select a flat, level work surface and lift your Concours onto its center stand.

Remove the lower fairing from your Concours. Unscrew the bolts from the top of the fairing, using a socket wrench and a 10 mm socket, and the lower screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Lower the fairing away from the engine, then pull it out from under the motorcycle.

Clean the area surround the oil drain plugs, positioned under the front, left-side of the engine, with a parts cleaning spray. Place an oil drain pan below the oil drain plugs.

Start the engine and let it idle for three minutes. Stop the engine, then let it cool for at least 10 minutes. Do not lower the motorcycle off of its center stand.

Unscrew the oil filler cap from the left side of the engine, just forward of the shifter lever. Unscrew both plugs with a 17 mm socket and a socket wrench. Let the engine oil drain for at least five minutes.

Remove the O-rings from both drain plugs. Wipe the drain plug threads and tips with a shop rag, then slip new O-rings over the drain plug threads. Screw the oil drain plugs into the engine crankcase by hand, once the oil has drained completely. Tighten both drain plugs to 22 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and a 17 mm socket. Wipe away any remaining oil from the engine crankcase.

Unscrew the bolt from the round oil filter cover on the bottom of the engine crankcase, using a 17 mm socket and a socket wrench. Pull the cover off the crankcase. Reach into the engine and pull the oil filter off of the oil pump, if it has not fallen out with the filter cover.

Check the oil filter cover to ensure that the oil filter spring is attached to the flange on the cover's inner face. If the spring is missing, it will be attached to the oil filter. Pull the spring off of the filter and push it onto the oil filter cover flange. Push the new oil filter into the engine, then reinstall the oil filter cover. Tighten the oil filter bolt to 14.5 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and a 17 mm socket.

Fill the engine with 3 quarts of 20W-50 engine oil through the oil filler neck on the left side of the engine crankcase. Screw the oil filler cap into place by hand.

Slide the lower fairing under your Concours, then lift it into place. Install the fairing's upper bolts with a 10 mm socket and a socket wrench, then screw the lower fairing bolts into place with a Phillips screwdriver.

Start your Concours and let it idle for three minutes on its center stand. Stop the motor, then let the new oil settle for another five minutes.

Check the oil level through the round oil level gauge built into the right engine crankcase cover, visible above the lower fairing. The oil level should be between the gauge's upper and lower marks when warmed. If the oil level is below the lower mark, unscrew the oil filler cap and pour in 1 to 2 oz. of 20W-50 engine oil until the oil level has raised sufficiently.

Lower your Concours from its center stand and park it on its kick stand., if desired.

Items you will need

  • 10 mm and 17 mm sockets

  • Socket wrench

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Parts cleaning spray

  • Oil drain pan

  • Two oil drain plug O-rings

  • Torque wrench

  • Oil filter

  • 3 quarts, 20W-50 engine oil

  • Shop rags

 How to change engine oil on Audi A6 Quattro

You will need a new Mann oil filter, about 6 Quarts 5w40 synthetic motor oil, and oil filter wrench. Turn on ignition of the car for a couple of minutes to warm up the oil for better flow and drainage.

Place the car on a ramp to lift the car off the ground. A jack can be used if you do not have a ramp.

Under the front of the car, using Phillips screw driver, remove the cover to gain access to the engine oil filter.

Locate the oil filter and oil drain plug. Remove the oil drain plug. I used an adjustable wrench. Be ready with the oil bucket as hot oil will shoot out.

Oil shooting out. Admire or go take break. It will drain for a few minutes. Make sure you position the catch bucket properly.

Using the oil filter wrench, remove the oil filter. There will be some oil left over in the filter so be prepared.

The new oil filter should have some oil dabbed on the contact surfaces before you install it back using your hands to tighten. It is recommended that you use a new drain plug that is available at your local auto stores for less than $2.

Now that everything below is drained and put back in place. Time to open up the hood and fill this baby up with fully synthetic 5w40 motor oil as specified by Audi. It should top off at about 6 Liters. Make sure you check the oil level after your car is back on a flat surface.

Items you will need

  • 6 Quarts of synthetic 5w40 motor oil

  • New oil filter

  • oil filter wrench

  • Jack or ramp

  • philips screw driver

 How to Change Engine Oil in a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer

Start the engine and let it idle until it reaches its normal operating temperature. Park the Trailblazer on a flat surface and turn the engine off. Open the hood and unscrew the oil filler cap from the top of the engine. Wedge wheel chocks behind the rear wheels. Position a floor jack under the center of the front suspension crossmember and lift the front of the SUV. Set jack stands under the frame, just to the rear of the front wheels. Lower the Trailblazer until only the jack stands support its weight.

Crawl under the vehicle and find the oil pan drain plug -- the small bolt near the bottom of the oil pan -- and set a drain pan directly under it. Loosen the drain plug with a combination wrench, then remove the plug by hand, using a thick shop cloth to protect your hand from the hot oil. Allow the oil to drain into the drain pan until the flow of oil slows to only a few drips. Wipe the drain plug off with a clean, lint-free cloth, reinstall it and torque it to 19 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and socket. Wipe any residual oil from around the plug with a shop cloth.

Find the oil filter -- the large, metal canister -- on the front, passenger side of the engine, and set the drain pan under it. Loosen the oil filter, using an oil filter wrench, until oil starts flowing from the top of the filter. Wait for the flow of oil to stop, then remove the filter the rest of the way by hand and upend it in the drain pan. Clean the oil filter mounting boss with a clean, lint-free cloth and verify that the old O-ring came off with the old filter. If it did not, pull the O-ring off the mounting boss.

Coat the new oil filter's O-ring with new 5W-30 engine oil, with your finger, and hand-thread it onto the mounting boss. Tighten the filter to 22 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and an oil filter cup, then turn it an additional 150 degrees to seat it on the boss.

Lift the Trailblazer off of the jack stands and lower it to the ground. Insert a funnel in the oil filler hole on top of the engine, then pour seven quarts of new, 5W-30 engine oil into the engine. Wait for about two minutes for the oil to settle, then remove the oil dipstick, wipe it clean with a clean, lint-free cloth, then reinsert it. Remove the dipstick again and verify that the oil level is slightly above the "F" line. Add more oil if needed.

Remove the funnel, close the oil filler cap and start the engine. Allow it to run for about two minutes, then shut it off. Wait five minute for the oil to settle, then recheck the oil level. The level should be right on the "F" line. Add more oil if needed. Take the old engine oil to an aut parts store for recycling.

Reset the "Change Eng Oil" light by turning the ignition key to the "Run" position without starting the engine, then fully pressing and releasing the accelerator pedal three times within five seconds. The "Change Eng Oil" light will flash for five seconds if you correctly performed the reset procedure. If the light does not flash, shut the ignition off and repeat this step.

Items you will need

  • Wheel chocks

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Drain pan

  • Combination wrench set

  • Thick shop cloth

  • Clean, lint-free cloth

  • Torque wrench

  • Socket set

  • Oil filter wrench

  • New oil filter

  • 7 quarts 5W-30 engine oil

  • Oil filter cup

 How to Change Engine Oil in a Kubota B7500

Position the drain pan underneath the drain plug of the oil tank. The oil tank is located underneath the engine compartment of your Kubota B7500, slightly behind the front wheel. B-series Kubota tractors have only one drain plug.

Remove the oil drain plug with a 19mm wrench and allow the oil tank to drain into the drain pan.

Remove the left side cover of your tractor's engine compartment using a 12mm wrench. Lift the tractor's hood and unscrew the bolts. The panel will then come off the side of the tractor.

Loosen the oil filter with the strap end of your oil filter wrench or strap wrench. The oil filter is a cylindrical tube-like object sticking out of the engine compartment. Loosening the filter will cause oil to drain from the connection point to the filter, so you will need to reposition your drain pan slightly to catch any draining oil from your oil filter connection point.

Unscrew the oil filter by hand and remove it completely before pouring its residual oil contents into the drain pan.

Lubricate the O-ring around the edges of the new oil filter. You should use new oil for this lubrication process.

Replace the oil plug on the bottom of the oil tank when the old oil has stopped draining from the tank.

Pour four to five quarts of 15W-40 oil into the oil fill pipe on top of the engine block.

Items you will need

  • Drain pain

  • Replacement oil, 15W-40

  • Replacement oil filter

  • 12mm wrench

  • 19mm wrench

  • Funnel

  • Oil filter wrench or strap wrench