This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Changing Your Engine Oil? You’re Doing It Wrong" by Scotty Kilmer

The Ultimate Guide to Changing Your Car's Engine Oil

TLDRLearn the dos and don'ts of changing your car's engine oil, including using the correct oil, using the right tools, and checking for leaks. Follow these steps for a successful oil change.

Key insights

🔑Using the correct oil viscosity is crucial for modern engines with variable valve timing.

💪Use a long extension bar for better leverage when removing the oil drain bolt.

🔧Invest in a quality oil filter wrench for easy removal of the old oil filter.

⚠️Always check for the presence of the old filter gasket to avoid double gasketing.

🧪Choose the right oil based on your car's specifications and driving conditions.

Q&A

What happens if I use the wrong oil viscosity?

Using the wrong oil viscosity can cause damage to modern engines with variable valve timing and affect engine performance.

Can I change my car's oil without professional help?

Yes, changing your car's oil is a simple task that you can do yourself with the right tools and guidance.

How often should I change my car's engine oil?

Generally, it is recommended to change your car's engine oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or as advised in your car's manual.

Can I use synthetic oil in my car?

Yes, synthetic oil provides better protection and can be used in most cars. Follow your car manufacturer's recommendations for the right viscosity and change intervals.

Is it necessary to change the oil filter during an oil change?

Yes, it is recommended to change the oil filter along with the engine oil to ensure optimal filtration and performance.

Timestamped Summary

00:00Introduction to the importance of changing your car's engine oil correctly.

00:10Using the correct oil viscosity is crucial for modern engines with variable valve timing.

00:50Use a long extension bar for better leverage when removing the oil drain bolt.

02:32Invest in a quality oil filter wrench for easy removal of the old oil filter.

03:41Always check for the presence of the old filter gasket to avoid double gasketing.

03:54Choose the right oil based on your car's specifications and driving conditions.

04:52Check the car's manual for recommended oil quantity and pour it in slowly to avoid spills.

06:06Recycle used oil and oil filters at your local auto parts store.