How to Drain Excess Oil From Your Car
Doing work on your own car may sound like an impossible job if you’ve never done it before, especially when it comes down to a task like changing your oil. Well, I am here to tell you my friends that it absolutely IS possible to change your oil on your own, and it’s not even that hard either! Even if you don’t trust me on that statement right now, that’s okay – after reading this article, you should definitely feel more confident in your oil-changing skills. Besides, it’s always worth it to give it a shot; having your oil checked consistently by a professional company is money you can be spending on other things, such as groceries or clothes you don’t need! So, sit back, relax and enjoy this tutorial on how to change and drain the excess oil in your car on your own!
How to Change the Oil in Your Car
Before I get into how to drain the excess oil from your car, I guess it’s pretty important to know how to change your oil in the first place! So, here are some quick and fairly easy steps on how to change your oil!
- Racers, start your engines – but not for too long! Start your car for a few minutes just to warm up your engine in order to loosen up all of the icky stuff that was left behind so it drains easily; just remember to turn off your car when it’s slightly warm as to not burn yourself!
- Next, you have to locate the drain plug on your engine, which shouldn’t be too hard. It’s located underneath the oil pan; if you can’t find it at first, try jacking up the car or crawling underneath it.
- Once you successfully locate the oil drain plug, put on a pair of gloves and unscrew it! You’re going to want to put a large enough container underneath of it though, just so it can collect all the fluids you warmed up that fall out!
- Next, locate the oil filler hole on the top of the engine and unscrew the filter that’s there, twisting it counterclockwise in order to remove it. It will most likely have oil on it, so be careful not to spill it anywhere and continue to wear those gloves to protect your hands.
- Take your new oil filter and a new bottle of oil; put some of the oil on top of the gasket on top of the filter. Put the filter where the old one was and turn it until it pops into place or follow the directions on the filter if it says differently.
- Wipe off the place where the oil drain plug was after all of the oil is done draining and replace the plug using a wrench – we love a good, handy dandy tool!
- Using a funnel, pour a majority of the oil into the oil filler hole slowly, allowing the oil to run down and not clog up the tube. Keep a little oil left in the bottle just in case you didn’t add enough.
- Replace the filler cap and turn on your car again; let your engine run for about a minute before checking the oil level yet again. If it says it’s “Full,” you’re all set! If not, add a little more oil until you get to that level! Drive your car around the block a few times when it does say “full” to make sure it’s actually full!
How to Drain the Excess Oil from Your Car
Ta da! You’ve changed your oil and now you’re a real-life mechanic! Not really, but honestly, you’re closer than most people. Now, let’s say you mess up and you accidentally pour too much oil in: you’re definitely going to want to drain the excess oil. It might not seem like a big deal to have too much oil in your car, but it actually can create a dangerous situation for both your bank account and your vehicle. The extra oil is turned into foam due to the rotations of the crankshaft and can eventually cause so much blockage, it will lock up your engine. That one little mistake could cost you thousands of dollars to replace your entire engine, or you might even just have to get a new car.
Draining your excess oil isn’t a hard task to begin with, but if you read the section above on how to initially change your oil, this will be a BREEZE! Basically, start like you’re going to change your oil in the first place, except this time you don’t have to turn on your engine to warm everything up; you could if you want the oil to come out even faster, but overall, it’s not required to drain the excess liquids. Remember to put on your gloves and locate that oil drain plug again, hopefully this time finding it easier than the time before. Unscrew the cap and put a large container underneath it; the container should be large enough to fit the amount of oil you want to drain, so the size of it depends on how much you overfilled your car. Let the oil pour into the container until you think you’ve successfully drained all of the excess liquid out of your car. If you’re not sure exactly how much to drain, let a little bit pour out at a time, seal the plug back up and use a dipstick to check if it’s still overfilled. You can keep repeating this until all of the excess liquid is drained or guesstimate if you don’t have the time to continuously check until it’s perfect.
I hope that this article was helpful in your endeavors to try to change your oil and drain the excess amounts from your vehicle. Being able to do this process on your own could save you a great deal of money in the long run, and let’s be real – who doesn’t love a few extra dollars in their pocket?