I will show you 6 precise and concise steps to change a canister type of oil filter. I will also share with you some tips to make the filter change easy. To demo the steps, as an example I use the oil filter for a Lexus ES350 2014.
If you hate sliding under the car and getting your hands covered with dirty oil or damaging the oil plug, I will show an easy way to construct your own oil extractor free! The most difficult DIY oil change is getting underneath the car to drain the old oil. Now that is no longer an issue and I also make the DIY super cheap (it’s free)! Please share it with your friends.
If your oil filter is not mounted on the top, you will probably have to slide underneath the vehicle anyway. Still, the extractor eliminates the difficulty of wrestling with a stubborn drain plug bolt. Also, removing the drain plug often means having hot oil gush onto your hand. The oil extractor makes the operation easy, but if you do decide to do the traditional way, we have a different video to make it a little easier for you: https://youtu.be/S0Ndn4rdBMg
Some people may question the advantages of this method. You may not get all the oil out, you may not remove all the debris out etc. The counter argument is: but the oil filter will hold most of the debris. The oil is changed hot which means the debris doesn’t really have time to settle. Plus no matter what you do , there is still oil left in the engine, oil left in the pan. What do you think? Is draining better? Do you get most oil out? Does 2 cups of oil left in the engine really matter? Post your thoughts in the comments below.
Does oil splash everywhere when the oil plug is opened? How can you quickly change the engine oil without special equipment? From jacking the car to effectively using a wrench, I will show you my tricks. I used a Subaru Forester as an example. You may modify it and adapt the ideas to other cars as well.
Aren’t you curious about what is done to your car during your yearly smog check? Every year or every other year I have to have a smog check done. In the past when I asked to do video taping, they always refused. Today I found a friendly shop to let me show you how exactly the smog check is done.
There are 2 different smog check procedures, one for cars from year 2000 and earlier, the other one is for newer cars (which is easier). There are 7 steps in your California smog check. They are computerized tests and takes about 20 seconds for each test. If you pass the test, the report then is sent directly to the DMV electronically.
california smog check
2000 and earlier
tail pipe sensor
High definition video may help you see all of this better. This video is shot in the 4K UHD setting (if you have 4K TV, you may select this Youtube Setting/Quality).
Fears associated with your electric cars? Many people told me: not being able to unplug. Many drivers found they couldn’t unplug their cars after charging had completed. Here I will show you 4 situations that you are not able to unplug from a level 3 quick charger and what you could do.