Car Service – Removing and Replacing an Oil Filter

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Andrew Davidson, Master Technician from Currys Auto Service is going to show you how to remove your oil filter.

    Hi, I am Andrew Davidson, Master Technician from Currys Auto Service. Now I am going to show you how to remove your oil filter. While the oil is draining on this car, the filter is right here and we can remove that at the same time. Some vehicles you may have to drain the oil, put the plug back in and then move your catch pan somewhere else, because the filter maybe located quite away from the drain plug. This is going to vary from car to car. Now, some filters you can take off your hand, now this one is gone pretty tight, probably doesnt need to be that tight, so Ill grab my filter pliers and twist the filter off. Obviously you are going to lose some oil there too; you are going to let that drain as well.

    Okay, while the oil is draining what I am going to do, is I am going to get our oil filter. Obviously every time you are going to change your oil, you are going to want to change the filter as well. I am going to use some clean engine oil that lightly lubricates the gasket on the filter. Most of the vehicles you got will be working a lot of filters similar to this is spin on metal filter. You will run into some vehicles that will have a canister type of filter, which is a paper type of filter and a permanent canister. Once I have lubricated this with some clean engine oil, I am going to wipe off the surface where the oil filter mounts, okay? Im going to wipe that off clean and one thing that I have seen people make mistakes and even the pros will make mistakes. is sometimes when you remove this filter the gasket will stick on the surface. Now if you dont check for that and dont wipe this off and dont realize thats there and you put another filter on top of it, it will blow that gasket out when you start the car. That could cause quite a mess or it could even damage your engine. All oil filters theres, probably hundreds of different styles of oil filters that will range in size. This is one of your smaller filters thats something four times the size, so they are all very different. It depends on your car, when you go to the part store to get your stuff, you will look up your particular filter and get the one that fits. Now when you are tightening the filter, you can read the instructions and most of the time most filters its -- and once the gasket makes contact, you are going to tighten another third of turn -- hand tight is perfectly fine. You dont need to put a wrench on there and really wrench the filter down, unless the instructions give you that specifically, which is pretty rare, usually hand tight is just fine, and thats how you remove your oil filters.