Changing the oil on your Ford F-250 is an important part of the routine maintenance practices that are necessary to keep your car running at its best. By taking the time to regularly change the oil on your truck, you stand to dramatically improve the overall longevity of the vehicle over the course of many years to come. It's a good idea to check on your vehicle's oil and plan to change it every 3000 miles or so,.
There are several benefits to changing the oil in your Ford F-250 on your own as opposed to taking it in to a service station or a mechanic to have the job done that way. First of all, you'll save time and money by completing the job yourself. Secondly, you'll know exactly the quality of the workmanship that goes into the job. And finally, you'll be able to learn more about how your vehicle works and get a closer view at the inner workings of the truck as you complete this job. Read on for a brief guideline on how to change the oil on your Ford F-250.
Step 1 -- Gather Your Materials
You'll need the following materials and tools in order to properly change the oil on your Ford F-250:
- New oil filter
- Several quarts of new oil
- Oil collection pan
- Wrench set
- Jack stand set
- New gasket system (optional)
- Paper towels, newspapers and a funnel
Step 2 -- Prepare the Truck
Hoist the truck up onto the jack stand so that you'll be able to access the underside of the front end better. Then lift up the hood at the front of the truck and keep it propped open with the attached bar. Wait until the truck's engine has been off for several hours before you attempt to change the oil, as the oil will otherwise be very hot. Lay out a layer of newspaper sheets below the front end of the truck so that you'll be able to catch any spills or leaks as they happen while you're changing the oil.
Step 3 -- Drain the Old Oil
Next, place your collection pan underneath the oil container in the truck. Unscrew the oil drain plug by hand and the old oil will begin to flow out into the pan. Let the oil continue to flow until there is no more in the oil container (this should take several minutes). Then clean the inside of the oil drain plug and the surrounding area with paper towels.
Step 4 -- Change Out the Filter
Unscrew the filter with a wrench and examine it for signs of damage. If it appears that the filter has been corroded away or if there's debris in it, you should throw it out and install a new one. You can also check the gasket system at this time as well.
Step 5 -- Install the New Oil
Close up the drain plug at the base of the oil container and place the funnel into the top portion of the container. Pour fresh oil into the container until it has reached the set and prescribed level. Once you've done this, you can close up the container and the hood of the truck and dismount it from the jack stand.
Before you turn on the engine of your F-250 once again, you should check the oil levels manually. This can be done with a dipstick. If the oil level is too low, pour in a small amount of oil until the level is correct. If it's too high, drain out a bit of the oil instead.
All of the materials that you'll need in order to complete this process should be available at a local auto body repair shop or at most hardware stores. Ask a mechanic for additional assistance in completing this project accurately.