10 Best Oil Change Kit

Engine oil is the vehicle’s life-blood. Maintaining your oil in working order determines whether or not your vehicle will have a long and happy life. The engine oil works hard every time you turn on your engine to start the car, to make sure your vehicle is running.

Engine oil serves three primary functions: lubricating, cooling, and protection. Firstly, oil stops engine components from rubbing against each other. In less than seven seconds, engine oil will finish lubricating the bearings, crankshaft and pistons; during this lubrication process, oil also absorbs the heat generated by the engine operations. Because of this heat absorption, note that if you intend on changing the engine oil, let the engine oil cool down before draining it out of the oil pan; lastly, the ultimate role of engine oil is to protect the engine itself from damage. Therefore your engine will have a longer life if you change your oil periodically. Changing your motor oil by yourself saves a lot of money and is much more rewarding because you will no longer have to take your car to an auto repair shop. Understanding this will improve your understanding of car mechanics, which will help you overcome other auto problems you can encounter down the road.

Here are the Top 10 most essential oil change tools needed.

Wrench

The combination-end wrench is by far the most widely used tool for changing engine oil. Each form of wrench has a side open and a side closed or box. The open end of the wrench is useful for extracting the wrench easily and repositioning it to the nut/bolt. Thanks to slippage, the open end side has a greater possibility to stripe the corners off the nut/bolt. The box end is perfect for grip strength, as it catches the nut/bolt all the way around at all its corners. The most can drain plugs either need a 13 mm or a 15 mm wrench. There are exceptions, of course, but if you could invest in just two wrenches then those would be the two to pick up.

Ramps or Jack

If you just start auto repairing DIY, car ramps are very useful. Even if you are using ramps, you still have to put jack under the car to secure it and wheel chocks to keep the car from rolling backwards.

Floor Jack

You might need a floor jack too, depending on the type of vehicle you own. You may quickly crawl into the bottom of certain taller vehicles, such as trucks, but you will still need floor jack to lift the vehicle so you can lie underneath it. Most jacks will lift the vehicle over a foot, allowing you plenty of space to get under the vehicle and thorough inspection.

Funnel

You need a funnel when refilling your engine oil through a small hole, to prevent spillage. The funnel that can be inserted into the oil hole is the perfect choice because with your hands you don’t have to hold it.

Oil Drain Pan

Oil Catch Pan The oil drain pan, a.k.a an oil catch pan, is used to store the waste oil as it pours out of your engine after the drain plug is removed. If you weren’t using an oil catch pan then you’d get a huge mess of oil splattering all over the ground and staining your concrete / killing your grass. You can buy basic oil drain pans that are just a deep saucer, or you can buy those that have a pour spout on them so you can pour it into a jug or other sealable and transportable jar, like a milk jug, once you have collected the spent oil. You can even make a drain pan by cutting off a coolant jug from its side. You can use your imagination to find things to make a drain pan because it’s just used to collect grease, nothing that’s too difficult.

Oil Filter Wrench

To extract the oil filter you must have an oil filter wrench. The best oil filter wrench to use is a cap style that sits on the filter, if you know the size of the oil filter. You may use a universal type oil filter wrench if you don’t.

Several oil filter wrench styles are available such as: Three leg oil filter wrench, Rubber strap oil wrench, Oil filter pliers, oil filter wrench.

Oil Pump

If you have vehicles such as a BMW, the oil pump is a useful tool which we suggest you to use. Such cars are designed to have a vacuum pump through the tube to suck the oil out. If you have an oil pump, especially an electric oil pump, changing your oil is much simpler and safer.

Ratcheting Wrench and Sockets

Just like the combination end wrench, the ratcheting clamp and sockets are used to loosen and secure the drain plug, but easier. You need to turn the drain plug half a turn with the end wrench, then remove it and reposition it to get another half turn while the ratcheting wrench helps you to make the half turn and then rotate it in the opposite direction without removing it from the drain plug and then you can do another half turn. Both devices do the same job but it would be simpler and quicker for the ratcheting wrench and socket.

Gloves

Don’t bother buying gloves from mechanic to change the oil on your car. You are going to get dirty and you’re never going to use them more than once. Instead, get a pair of latex gloves you can use again and again.

Oil Capacity Specification

This is not, like the others in this series, a physical tool that allows you to perform a physical task, but it is an information tool. Knowing how much oil to put into the engine is crucial so you don’t fill over or under. You can check your owners ‘ manual which tells you the fluid types and capacities of all your vehicle systems, but some vehicle owners ‘ manuals are not with the vehicles because they have been lost.

(source: oilchangetips.blogspot.com, youcanic.com, and ingearauto.com)

Olli Ibarra
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