The Honey-do List: The Almighty Oil Change
“We have all been asked to change the oil in our family’s car. Since this activity is a “normal” part... Read
“We have all been asked to change the oil in our family’s car. Since this activity is a “normal” part of our husbandly duties, the staff of DAbB wanted to give you some ideas on why/how you should recycle the oil.
-In nearly every town in the US, it is against the law to throw used motor oil out in your household garbage. So just don’t do it.
-One gallon of used oil can contaminate up to 1 million gallons of water.
-Recycling used motor oil keeps the oil out of our ground water, which means you and your kids won’t be drinking what you just dumped out of your car.
-Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for specific instructions on changing your oil.
-Remove the drain plug underneath the vehicle (again, follow your car makers’ instructions) into a pan large enough to hold the entire contents of the crankcase. Most cars hold between 5 and 6 quarts of oil.
(Just one other note here. We recommend changing your oil when the car has had a chance to cool down for a few hours. The draining oil may be hot otherwise. You can also buy a drain pan specially made for recycling oil. We really recommend buying these pans. It makes the entire project really easy. We like these from Oilfiltersonline.com.)
-Once the oil has completely drained, we recommend changing your oil filter. Your oil filter will have residual oil in it, so be careful not to let any of the oil spill on the ground. Place the open end of the filter face down over the drain pan. If possible, let the filter sit in this position for at least 12 hours to ensure all of the oil has drained from the filter.
-Once the used oil has drained, replace the drain plug as directed by the owner’s manual. Make sure to clean up any drips with rags.
-After the used oil has been drained, the old oil filter removed, and the new filter is installed, add the new oil. Your owner’s manual provides recommendations on the viscosity grade, performance level, and amount of oil required for your vehicle. Most automobile manufacturers recommend that you use an oil meeting the latest International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) specification.
(Oils certified by API as meeting this specification may display the API Certification Mark “”Starburst”” (API’s Engine Oil Program) and API Service Symbol “”Donut.”” Diesel engine manufacturers typically recommend oils meeting a specific API diesel oil service category. Oils certified by API as meeting one or more of these categories may display the API Donut.)
-The owner’s manual will also help you find the oil fill cap. Remove the oil cap and add the amount of oil required by the instructions in the owner’s manual. Do not overfill. Use a funnel to prevent drips and make sure to completely empty each container of oil.
-Carefully remove the oil drain pan from under the vehicle (take care not to burn yourself with hot oil or spill any on the ground). Using a funnel, pour the used oil into a clean container with a lid that screws on tightly (for example, an empty milk or water jug or the empty oil bottles from the oil just added to the engine). But again, if you use one of the recycled pans this step is very easy as the drain spout is built into the pan.
-Lastly, go to earth911.com to find where to drop off your oil and oil filter!
You’re done. Now, only 82 more things on your Honey-Do List.”