How do you change the oil on a 1992 Ford Tempo?
Plan to change your motor oil every 3,000 miles or every 3
months. However, you may want to do it more often if you've been
driving in very hot and/or dusty conditions. Getting Ready Steps:
1. Gather necessary tools and materials (refer to Necessary Items
list). If you plan to change your oil regularly, consider investing
in jack stands, a socket set and an oil drain pan. 2. Run the car's
engine for 10 minutes before you drain the oil. Warm oil drains
faster than cold oil. 3. Park the car on a level surface, engage
the parking brake and turn off the engine. If your car has a low
clearance, raise it by driving it onto a ramp or by jacking it up
and supporting it securely. 4. Open the hood and place the new oil
and funnel on top of the engine to ensure that you won't forget to
add oil afterwards (an expensive mistake that many
do-it-yourselfers make!). Tips: Consult your owner's manual or an
automotive parts specialist to find out the weight of oil and type
of oil filter your car needs. You'll need the year, make, model and
mileage of your car if you go to an auto parts store. Warnings:
Make sure the car is securely supported before you crawl
underneath. You will need two jack stands to support the front of
your car after jacking it up. Never get under a car that is
supported only by a jack! A pair of jack stands costs less than
$20. Draining the Oil and Changing the Oil Filter Steps: 1. Crawl
under the car once it is securely supported. 2. Locate the oil
drain plug on the underside of the engine, usually near the front
center of the car. Consult your owner's manual for the exact
location. 3. Place the oil drain pan under the plug and loosen the
plug with a socket wrench. Remember: turn counterclockwise to
remove bolts. 4. Remove the plug by hand. Be prepared for the rush
of hot oil! 5. Let the oil drain into the pan. Hold onto the plug.
6. Reposition the pan, if necessary, to catch all the dripping oil.
7. Wipe off the drain plug and the plug opening when the oil
finishes draining. 8. Replace the drain plug gasket. 9. Reinstall
the plug. Always start threading any bolts or screws by hand to
prevent cross threading. 10. Tighten with a wrench or socket. Be
careful not to overtighten the plug. 11. Locate the existing oil
filter. Oil filters are usually on the side of the engine. 12.
Position the oil pan underneath the filter to catch any remaining
oil. 13. Use an adjustable oil filter wrench to unscrew the old oil
filter. 14. Use a rag to wipe the area where the filter mounts to
the engine. Make sure the rubber seal of the old filter is not
stuck to the engine. 15. Use some new oil to lightly coat the
rubber seal of the new filter. 16. Screw the new filter into place
by hand. It's usually not necessary to tighten the oil filter with
the oil filter wrench, but have it at the ready if you're grip's
not strong (or large) enough. Tips: Wear gloves to remove the plug
if it's hot. It's always best to replace the oil drain plug gasket.
Use the right size wrench or socket. Don't use an adjustable
wrench: you can strip the bolt. Warnings: Handle hot automotive oil
with extreme care. Be careful when removing the old oil filter.
It's full of oil. Installing New Oil and Cleaning Up Steps: 1.
Locate the oil filler cap on top of the engine. Remove it. 2. Place
the funnel in the opening and pour in the new oil. Typically, you
will use 4 to 5 quarts of oil. Check your manual for the correct
oil capacity. 3. Replace the cap when you're finished. 4. Run the
engine for a minute, then check the dipstick. Add more oil if
necessary. 5. Check the area around the oil drain plug and the
filter for oil leaks. Tighten the plug or oil filter if you find
leakage. 6. Use rags and newspapers to wipe away excess oil. 7.
Pour the used oil into a plastic container after the used oil
cools. 8. Dispose the used oil properly: either bring it to a
recycling center or an auto repair shop that can recycle it for
you. Don't pour it down the sewer! Tips: Record the date and
mileage after you change the oil so you will know when your car is
due for another oil change. It helps to put a small sticker on your
windshield to remind you. It's a good idea to tear up an old
cardboard box that you don't need anymore and to put the cardboard
under the car before you start changing your oil. This way, if
there are any spills, the oil won't mess up your driveway. Also,
while it's pouring, keep an eye on where it's going (it changes
constantly for the first few minutes). If not, the oil pan might
not catch much of the oil and the next thing you know, you've got
oil pouring into the storm drain and straight to the ocean.
Remember to recycle your used motor oil. Warnings: Handle hot motor
oil with extreme caution. Only dispose of used motor oil and
filters at authorized locations.