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How do you change the oil on a 1992 Ford Tempo?

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2006-07-20 00:41:37

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.

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