The process of changing the oil on your Ford F-550
can seem daunting if you've never attempted it before. However, this
procedure takes a minimal knowledge about vehicles and only a short
amount of time. Most people find that it is generally easier and faster,
as well as cheaper, to replace the oil in your vehicle at home instead
of taking it in to a service shop for the same job. Additionally, this
will give you the opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of
your Ford F-550 as well. Read on for a brief step-by-step guide on how
to change the oil in your Ford F-550.
Step 1 -- Gather the Materials
You should get the following materials together before you begin:
- Jack stand set
- Oil drain collection pan
- New oil filter
- New gasket (optional)
- Wrench set
- New oil packages (several quarts)
Step 2 -- Prep the Truck
Begin by mounting the vehicle up on the jack stand at the front. This
will allow you to have better access to the underside of the truck so
that you can get to the oil. Open up the hood and keep it propped up.
You should also wait for a few hours if the vehicle was running
previously, as the oil can be very hot otherwise. Next, lay out a set of
newspaper sheets below the front of the truck to catch any oil that
might spill as you work.
Step 3 -- Drain the Oil
Next, you'll need to drain out the old, used up oil. Place your drain
collection pan underneath the oil container. Unscrew the oil drain plug
by hand, and beware that the oil will begin to leak out of it
immediately as it loosens. Keep it open for several minutes before you
remove the pan, as it takes a while for the oil to fully drain out. Then
clean out the area with paper towels.
Step 4 -- Change the Oil Filter, if Necessary
Although the oil filter won't need to be changed out every time that
you change the oil in your truck, it's a good idea to check on it
anyway. Unscrew it with a wrench and allow it to drain into the pan.
Examine the filter for signs of corrosion or other damage; if it appears
to be worn out, replace it with a new filter. You can also check the
gasket system in the same way, if you wish.
Step 5 -- Add New Oil
Close up the drain plug and insert the end of the funnel into the top
of the oil container. Pour in the required number of quarts of new oil
through the funnel, and be sure to allow them to drain completely so
that you get the right amount of oil. Close up the container and the
hood, then remove the vehicle from the jack stand.
Before you start up the engine again, it's good to check on the oil
levels once more and by hand. Use a dipstick to measure the oil level,
and then adjust the oil in the truck as necessary according to your
reading. This can take some slight tweaking before you get the level
exactly right, but it's important that you have exactly the correct
amount of oil in your F-550 at all times in order for the engine to be
properly lubricated and to avoid potentially irreversible and serious
damage to the vehicle.
All of the different materials that you'll need for the project at
hand are available for little money at the local hardware store or a car
body repair shop as well. If you have any more questions about how to
best go about changing the oil for your Ford F-550, speak with a mechanic
in your area for more advice and strategies on how to best do this.