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Old 09-08-2004, 11:21 AM
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Oil change step by step

I will admit I know nothing about cars in general. I would like to start doing my own maint. what is the step by step (if anyone feels inclined to help) for changing my oil. I know the basics but I would like to know from start to finish. Just to ease the mind wondering if I screwed something up. I have a 97 F150 4.2L
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Old 09-08-2004, 01:13 PM
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You’re kidding… Right?

Ok, here goes.

You will need the following items before starting.
1. Box-end 15 millimeter wench
2. New oil filter
3. New oil
4. Drain pan to catch and store used oil.
5. Paper towels or shop rags
6. Six pack of your favorite beer
7. I like to use ramps for more head room under the truck, but you can get by without them.


Changing the oil on these trucks is very easy

1. Drive truck up on ramps in your garage or driveway. If you have been driving the truck any distance before parking go have a couple of beers while the oil cools down. You know – Safety First, we don’t want any burned fingers.
2. Crawl under the truck and position drain pan to capture oil once the oil pan plug is removed
3. Remove the oil drain plug using box-end wrench. Drain Plug has right hand threads so with the wrench pointed down, move the handle toward the passenger side of the truck to loosen.
4. Wipe oil off your hand with paper towel and have another beer or two while you wait for the oil to empty into the pan.
5. Reinstall the drain plug. Snug it up with the wench but do not over tighten it or it will leak.
6. Reposition drain pan under the old oil filter
7. Remove the old oil filter (right handed threads again). The filter contains oil and will leak when you spin it loose.
8. Pour remaining oil in filter into drain pan.
9. Take some of the old oil and wipe it on the rubber gasket on the new filter.
10. Install new filter. Do not over tighten – Turn until snug then ¼ turn.
11. Pour new oil into engine fill spout.
12. Start motor, look for leaks, and drink remaining beer.

Put tools away, clean up any spills, and you are done....
 
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Old 09-08-2004, 01:59 PM
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Thanks Sigma...
I know... I know...
Sounded like a dumb question but I never changed my own oil and decided It was finally time to fess up to my own ignorance. I appreciate your help.
 
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You will be fine, it's like a 10 minute job and you are on your way again...

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Thanks, This is about the most usefull site I have visited.

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Originally Posted by sigma
You’re kidding… Right?

Ok, here goes.

You will need the following items before starting.
1. Box-end 15 millimeter wench
2. New oil filter
3. New oil
4. Drain pan to catch and store used oil.
5. Paper towels or shop rags
6. Six pack of your favorite beer
7. I like to use ramps for more head room under the truck, but you can get by without them.


Changing the oil on these trucks is very easy

1. Drive truck up on ramps in your garage or driveway. If you have been driving the truck any distance before parking go have a couple of beers while the oil cools down. You know – Safety First, we don’t want any burned fingers.
2. Crawl under the truck and position drain pan to capture oil once the oil pan plug is removed
3. Remove the oil drain plug using box-end wrench. Drain Plug has right hand threads so with the wrench pointed down, move the handle toward the passenger side of the truck to loosen.
4. Wipe oil off your hand with paper towel and have another beer or two while you wait for the oil to empty into the pan.
5. Reinstall the drain plug. Snug it up with the wench but do not over tighten it or it will leak.
6. Reposition drain pan under the old oil filter
7. Remove the old oil filter (right handed threads again). The filter contains oil and will leak when you spin it loose.
8. Pour remaining oil in filter into drain pan.
9. Take some of the old oil and wipe it on the rubber gasket on the new filter.
10. Install new filter. Do not over tighten – Turn until snug then ¼ turn.
11. Pour new oil into engine fill spout.
12. Start motor, look for leaks, and drink remaining beer.

Put tools away, clean up any spills, and you are done....
What he said, but with Vitamin D Milk!
 
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Old 09-08-2004, 05:21 PM
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I love the "you are kidding right" haha!!

Let us know if you dont understand anything, what oil to get, how much, filter type, anything...
 
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Old 09-09-2004, 08:03 AM
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Milk?
Used Oil?

Hmmm, Now that’s what I call Black-N-White instructions….
 
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Howdy 40!
Welcome to FTE!
Looks like you already have your oil change question answered.

to quote you:

"I know... I know...
Sounded like a dumb question but I never changed my own oil and decided It was finally time to fess up to my own ignorance.
"

Do NOT hesitate to ask any questions. We are glad to try and help.

Gald to have you here at FTE. Hope you stick around!

edit to add: 6 quarts of your chosen oil (I like Chevron or Havoline) and I suggest Motorcraft oil filter (FL400S).
And just to be on the safe side, always be sure the old gasket comes off with the old filter and doesn't stick to the block. And don't forget to put the cap back on the oil fill tube on the valve cover.
 
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Old 09-09-2004, 10:24 AM
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Thanks Homer & Brian...

I guess I am now in the market for a new truck, It would be nice to hold off until 07' when the Super Duties change to the new body style. Kinda nice not having the payment though. There will be alot more preventive maintenance. Thanks for the hel
 
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Old 09-10-2004, 08:31 AM
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Thanks for the hel
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Old 09-11-2004, 01:27 AM
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haha, joe is always has my back on those comments!
 
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i just wanted to add that when changing oil i always do it with the engine warm (not hot) this way the oil will flow better and take any dirt that may stick inside the block when the oil is cold
 
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Old 09-14-2004, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by 77monster
i just wanted to add that when changing oil i always do it with the engine warm (not hot) this way the oil will flow better and take any dirt that may stick inside the block when the oil is cold
Same here, either change your oil after you have been driving it for awhile, or let the engine get to the warm point and do it. The oil flows faster and makes for a quicker change, the oil is still kind of hot if you get it on you though, nothing like bad burning though.

Let us know how it went!
 
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also if it is a 97 or early 98 check for coolent in the oil
 

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