How to Change an Oil Filter


For the engine of your car to be healthy and last a long time, you must change your oil filter frequently. The engine oil can flow freely and safeguard the engine from damage with the help of a clean oil filter, which makes sure that pollutants and other impurities are eliminated. We’ll make changing your oil filter simple and painless by walking you through it in this article. Changing the oil filter can improve engine performance by maintaining oil purity, ensuring proper lubrication, and preventing debris buildup for optimal operation and longevity.

How to change an engine oil filter

Since you must raise the automobile to change the oil filter, it can be difficult. If you lack confidence, stop by your local Natured, where a knowledgeable technician can assist you. Nitra can also install and supply the appropriate oil filter for you.

If you are feeling confident, continue reading for advice on how to approach the project successfully.

So, what will you need to change your engine oil filter?

  • Oil filter
  • Oil filter wrench set
  • Socket wrench
  • Oil drain pan or container
  • New engine oil
  • Engine oil flush (optional)
  • Funnel
  • Jack and axle stands or ramps
  • Work gloves

New drain plug gasket (check if the owner’s manual advises this before starting)

Your owner’s manual

If you’re unsure where to locate these tools, your local Natrad workshop can advise.

What Oil Filter Do I Need?

It’s essential to understand what kind of oil filter your car needs before you start. It’s vital to refer to your vehicle’s manual or an online oil filter cross-reference tool because different vehicles have varied oil filter specs. You can use these tools to select the appropriate filter by entering the make, model, and year of your car.

Step-by-step guidance 

Before changing the filter, the old engine oil must be removed. This increases the filter’s lifespan and ensures that it is not immediately contaminated with buildup or sludge after installation.

One thing you can do right away to simplify matters is to quickly warm up your oil. This can be accomplished by operating your car for no longer than a few minutes, which improves the flow of the oil.

During this time, if you’d like to help clean the system before adding new oil, you can use an engine oil flush. Run the engine for the duration recommended on the bottle, then start the engine after letting the oil cool a little.

Make sure to wear safety gear like work gloves and safety glasses if the oil is hotter than you expect! Not doing so may result in severe burns.

Elevate the vehicle.

The rest is up to you! Find a level, flat spot first where you can raise the car. Then, you can lift it using a hydraulic floor jack, jack stands, or by driving onto ramps. Make sure the automobile is in the park before raising it while utilizing jacks.

Use four jack stands on each corner of the car to make it simpler to access the filter. Before going underneath, make sure they are safely fastened. You can consult your owner’s manual for suggestions on the ideal location for the jacks.

Push down the drain plug.

Throughout this process, your owner’s manual will be a lifeline. You can also use it to help you find the oil drain stopper and set the oil drain pan underneath it. Don’t lay it immediately underneath because the oil will flow there at an angle. With a socket wrench, you must first release the plug before manually unscrewing the other screws.

Remove the oil.

After letting all of the old oil drain, replace the plug in its original location. Before using the socket wrench to secure it, tighten it with your hand. Don’t overtighten, please. The use of a fresh drain plug gasket is recommended in your owner’s manual. Before beginning the process of replacing the oil filter, it is best to ascertain whether this is the case. If that’s the case, attach it to the drain plug and tighten it.

Remove the old oil filter.

You can now proceed with replacing the oil filter. Put the oil drain pan below to capture any stray oil before removing the current one. To prevent internal spills, unscrew the filter while attempting to maintain its upright position. After that, you can get rid of the old filter.

Replace the oil filter.

Ensure to lightly grease the O-ring with clean oil before screwing on the new filter. Thus, binding is less likely. As directed by the vehicle specifications, install the replacement filter.

Refuel with fresh oil.

When everything is put in place and this is finished, you can start adding engine oil. To avoid spills and fill to the appropriate levels, use a funnel. You can find this in the owner’s manual. Your engine may suffer if the oil is overfilled.

Start the engine, then look for leaks.

After filling it up, start the car and check to see if everything is working properly. Verify that everything is correctly sealed and look for any leaks close to the oil filter and drain plug. If there is a leak, stop the vehicle and make the necessary repairs. Lower the car, check the oil level using the dipstick, and you’re ready to go!

Types of Oil:

Choosing the right type of oil is crucial for your engine’s performance and longevity. There are different types of oils available, such as conventional, synthetic, and high-mileage. Refer to your vehicle’s manual for the recommended oil type and viscosity.


Although changing your oil filter may appear difficult, it is doable with the correct equipment and a step-by-step strategy. Your engine will operate more smoothly, more efficiently, and for longer if you change the oil filter on a regular basis.


How frequently should an oil filter be changed?

It’s usually advised to replace your oil filter every time you change your oil, which you should do every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

An oil filter can be reused?

It is not advised to recycle oil filters. For optimum engine health, it’s best to replace them every time the oil is changed.

What happens if I don’t change the oil filter?

The restricted oil flow that results from a clogged oil filter can increase engine wear, performance loss, and even engine damage.

Can I change the oil filter myself?

Yes, with the correct equipment and instructions, many car owners can change their own oil filters.

Where can I dispose of used oil and oil filters?

Used oil and oil filters can be properly disposed of at a number of auto parts retailers and recycling facilities. Examine your regional possibilities.