How to Change the
Oil in Your Classic Car
Five Parts: Jacking up the Vehicle Draining the Oil Replacing the Oil Filter Adding New Oil Disposing of Oil Community
Jacking up the Vehicle
Draining the Oil
Replacing the Oil Filter
Adding New Oil
Disposing of Oil
- Consider having a green, eco-friendly oil absorbent product on hand in case you spill some oil. They will absorb oil and will keep your garage and driveway clean. Kitty litter or clay-based products are not effective solutions for this. You can find a wide variety of eco-friendly oil absorbent products online. They are extremely absorbent, easy to use and renewable.
- Use disposable nitrile gloves. Used motor oil contains many toxic contaminants and can be easily absorbed through your skin.
- There are some oil drain valves on the market that replace your normal drain pan bolt. These can make oil changes much more convenient and can reduce the amount of mess you make.
- For a very stubborn filter, using a hammer and a large screwdriver as a sort of "chisel" can push the filter counter-clockwise. Be advised: once you punch hole in this thin filter wall, the engine cannot be started until it's replaced.
- To avoid getting oil all over your arm when removing the drain plug bolt, apply inward force (as if you are trying to push the plug back into the hole) while removing it. When you know that bolt is fully unscrewed, quickly pull it away from the opening. If you're lucky only a few drops will get on your hand. Tie a rag around your wrist when you remove the oil plug.