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The engine oil is the life blood of your car. It properly lubricates all of the moving parts inside of your engine, and without it, the friction between these parts would cause a lot of damage and lack of power. Engine oil also plays a role in fuel consumption. The better the parts can move inside the engine, the better they can perform their jobs instead of creating resistance and wasting gas.

What happens as the oil ages? It can become very dirty with contaminants that make their way into the car. Luckily, a healthy oil filter can reduce the amount of dirt. This filter works by running the oil through, and collecting any dirt or sediments on its material. Because of how dirty the filter can become, it is recommended to change the filter each time you change the oil to ensure the new oil can stay clean for as long as possible.

To change the oil filter yourself, follow these steps:

Tools: Car jack, filter pliers, shop rags

Time: 20 minutes to 1 hour

Cost: $4-$20 –

Improper installation can cause serious damage and be a safety concern. Be sure to consult with a licensed technician before attempting this action.

Step 1: Be sure to drain the old oil from your vehicle before changing the filter. Use a drain pan to avoid messes.

Step 2: The filter should be located near the oil. This can be easily twisted off, but if on tight, use the filter plyers.

Step 3: Once removed, wipe away access oil from around the area where the old filter was removed.

Step 4: Screw the new filter on by hand.

Once this simple job is complete, your new oil and filter can get to work, and allow your engine to remain as healthy as possible. Don’t forget to recycle the old filter!

As do-it-yourselfer’s, we know things don’t always go as planned. Have you ever tried doing a simple job, like changing your oil filter, only to end up with a horror story? We want to hear your stories in the comments.

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