How to Remove & Replace an Oil Filter

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Change the oil filter in addition to changing the oil. Learn how to remove and replace the oil filter on your car in this free video clip.

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Now what we’re going to do is replace the oil filter. On most of the cars we have, the older cars your oil filter is in a place where you have easy access. So one of the first things you need to do when you’re going to remove the filter is find out where the filter location is. Unfortunately this car takes more work, the new cars sometimes have very little access to the filter. In this case we need to take the tire and wheel off to get access to the filter to remove it. Move your tire and wheel, okay now we got easy access to the filter. We get our oil filter wrench, put it on the filter, start to remove the filter. Okay, now that it’s hand tight we can take the rest off by hand, move our pan over, drop the filter in the pan. That’s how we remove an oil filter. We removed the old oil filter and let it drain completely, the reason we let the old oil filter drain completely, we don’t any old oil mixed with the new oil. Now we’re ready to install the new filter. What I like to do is put a little oil on the seal to make sure that we get a good firm seal once we put the new oil filter on, take a little oil. Another important point is you only want to hand tighten this filter and make it snug with one more turn once it seats. It’s not necessary to go ahead and tighten it real tight with an oil filter wrench. That’s how we replace an old oil filter and install a new one.

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