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Do it yourself: Change vehicle oil

Do it yourself: Change vehicle oil

Oil changes at the mechanic’s or at the garages can be somewhat expensive. Here is a set of instructions that will help you save a bit of money by changing the oil yourself.

Step 1 – Be Prepared

You will need:

  1. 5 – 6 quarts of your manufacturer’s recommended oil. Choose a good brand, and try and stay with that brand forever. Also try not to mix regular oil and synthethic oil.
  2. A good quality oil filter. Check you manufacturer’s recommended oil filter or speak to your mechanic
  3. A pan to put under the car to drain the existing oil. Get a good drain pan which can be sealed and disposed off in an environmentally friendly way.
  4. A metal strap wrench to get the oil filter off the engine.

You can find all of the above on our website.

Step 2 – Raise the vehicle

  • Raise your vehicle high enough so that you can get access to the underside of the engine and that you have enough room to manouever the wrench.

Step 3 – Remove the Fill Cap and Oil Pan Plug

  • Open the bonnet and remove the oil cap, i.e the cap where you add oil to the engine. Go underneath the car and locate the oil plug which will be at the lowest end of the oil pan. The plug will normally have a hexagonal head and will be around 1.5cm to 2cm.
  • Place the oil pan directly below the plug and using the wrench, loosen and remove the oil plug. Let all the oil drain off completely

Step 4 – Replace the Drain Plug and Remove the Filter

  • Replace the drain plug on the engine oil pan. Then, place the drain pan under the oil filter. Wrench off the oil filter and drop it into the pan. Some oil will escape too which is normal.

Step 5 – Install the New Filter and Lower the vehicle

  • TIP: Open the new filter. You’ll notice it has a rubber gasket on the base. Coat the rubber gasket in some oil as this will make it a lot easier to remove the filter next time.
  • Screw the new filter into the engine and ensure it sits tight. Use the wrench to tighten.
  • Once the new filter is in, you can lower the vehicle

Step 6 – Add New Oil and Pressurize the System

  • Now add 5 quarts of new engine oil into the engine via the oil fill in the car bonnet. Check the oil levels with the dipstick to ensure that you have the right level of oil (between min & max).
  • Start the engine and let it idle for 5 minutes. The oil warning light will come on briefly but will go out automatically once the oil system is fully pressurised.

Step 7 – Final checks

  • Shut the engine off, check the dipstick which should indicate that the oil levels are full. Also check underneath the car to ensure that there is no oil leak from the engine.

Dispose off the drained oil and oil filter in an environmentally friendly way

Bearings basics

Auto Bearings are a key factor in the smooth running and performance of the vehicle. These parts need attention and frequent changing due to wear and tear. Here at cheap car parts direct we have a wide range of bearings for many car makes and models.

A bearing is basically used to aid the constrained relative motion between two different objects. There are a wide range of Bearings with different functionality. In auto vehicles their basic function is to mechanize the power of the engine and covert that power towards the rotation of various different parts. i.e keeping the wheel rotation even, supporting the load, reducing friction and any hindrances to the turning of the wheels.

Should bearings get worn, you will notice reduced performance as the mechanical activity in the vehicle will be less efficient.

How to change your vehicle battery

How to change the Battery

It is important to maintain the car batteries to insure the smooth running of the vehicle. In order to prolong the life of your car battery, regularly service your car battery. We stock a range of cheap auto parts, including vehicle batteries should you require a new car battery at a competitive price.

Car batteries are available on our website, and we recommend you change your car battery before it dies to avoid frustrations and breakdowns. Its also important to check that the car battery you are purchasing is compatible with your vehicle.

The replacement of the batteries is a straight forward operation. First of all locate the battery and note down the terminals and which way they are connected. (It is easy to identify the terminals as they are marked as +and – signs). Generally, the leads are colored red for positive and the blue or black negative. First of all remove the negative terminal of the battery; you have to separate the clamp which is tightened with a nut. Do the same procedure with the positive terminal. The procedure is the same regardless of your car model. After removing the terminals, it is the time to lift up the battery away from the car and places it somewhere on the smooth surface. Avoid placing it near a fire or any flammable material. The liquids of the batteries are very corrosive and use should take care while handling it or any auto parts near the battery in the car.

Then place your new battery in exactly the same orientation as the ‘dead’ battery. After placing the battery in the car, tighten up the clamp. Take the positive terminal and tighten up with the clamping nut and do the same procedure with the negative terminal.

Thats it, job done! Start your car to test.

We stock a variety of car batteries in our cheap auto parts store. Feel free to look around and rest assured that you will find the best deal when it comes to car / auto parts on this website.

How to jump start your vehicle

Cheap Auto PartsBecause you are reading this, you will have experienced the frustration of when your car didnt start in the morning. It is then that you wished you had the know how in how to jump start the car’s engine. You will need quality Jumper cables which you can find in our cheap auto parts store. We store a variety of cables for various car models so you will definately find the right Jumper cable for you.

It is essential to keep your Jumper cables with you at all times in case your need to jump start your vehicle. A dead battery can often be diagnosed by a clicking sound from the engine when turning the ignition key. Pop the hood and connect the Jumper cables as follows.

Connect the ends of the red / positive terminal to both the good and the dead battery. Then connect the black / negative terminal of the good battery before attaching it to the negative terminal of the dead battery. Start the car holding the good battery, and then start the car of the dead battery. The car will start, but keep the jumper cables connected for approximately 3 minutes. Remover the jumper cables in reverse order, and idle the car holding the dead battery for half an hour. This will allow the battery to recharge. If you have a volt meter, then check the voltage of the ‘dead’ battery, it should be around 12 volts. If not, the battery is not healthy and will need to be replaced sooner rather than later.

Our cheap auto parts website has jumper cables, volt meters and car batteries. Feel free to have a look and rest assured that you are getting the best deal online when it comes to car / auto parts.