Changing out the motor oil and filter in your car, truck, SUV or van yourself makes this necessary maintenance more cost-effective, and the good news is that many car owners can pull off a DIY oil change with relative ease. Walmart Canada offers everything you need for this not-so-fun yet necessary task, from conventional and synthetic motor oils to oil filters, wrenches and funnels.
Make no mistake about it — your engine needs clean car engine oil to function optimally. Your engine is made up of valves, pistons and other moving parts that operate at a high speed beneath the hood of your car. If these parts aren't properly lubricated with motor oil, the result can be poor performance and, perhaps more ominously, engine damage. Your engine oil and filter are responsible for removing grime and dirt from your engine's important components, which is why oil becomes dirty or spent, turning to sludge as it breaks down.
Clean engine oil and a new oil filter ensure this sludge doesn't cause friction, corrosion or overheating, all of which can lead to expensive engine problems. Dirty oil makes your engine work harder than it should, shortening your vehicle's overall lifespan. And while changing your motor oil is one of the various hassles involved with owning a car, doing it yourself can help you save a bundle while preventing potentially expensive problems on down the road.
It is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices when it comes to buying motor oil. However, selecting the right motor oil for your particular vehicle just requires consulting your owner's manual. The owner's manual typically recommends a specific weight of oil, such as 10W-40. This information may also be located on a sticker on the interior of your driver's side door frame. Your car's manufacturer may recommend conventional motor oil, which is the type that's been in use for years, or newer generation synthetic motor oil. If you have an older vehicle, you may want to choose a specialty higher-mileage oil engineered for vehicles with odometre readings greater than 120,000 kilometres. Plan on buying 5 to 8 litres of oil, depending on the size of your engine and the manufacturer's specifications.
Some drivers take the process a step further with oil additives that may help their motor oil perform better. For example, a detergent additive may help remove deposits within the engine system or inhibit rust or deposit formation. A friction modifier additive may reduce the friction in your car's engine, which might result in enhanced fuel economy.
Once you've decided on the right oil for your car, don't forget a key component of your changing your oil — a clean oil filter. Walmart Canada offers a range of filters for most makes and models. Again, consult your owner's manual to determine which filter your vehicle needs, and then choose from filters from brands you know and trust, such as Valvoline and Mobil.
In addition to oil and a new filter, you will also need a few tools to tackle the job, although what you need may vary based on your specific car model. A socket or box end wrench is necessary to remove the oil drain plug, and then you'll need a filter wrench to remove the spent filter. An oil drain pan collects the old oil as it drains from your car, and a funnel is necessary for adding the new oil to your engine. Jack stands are needed for gaining proper clearance beneath the car to remove the plug and position the drain pan. The good thing about buying all the tools you need for changing your oil is that you'll have them on hand when you need them again. The standard recommendation for changing out your oil is every 5,000 kilometres, although some manufacturers now recommend changing the oil every 8,000 kilometres.
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