Introduction

Have you ever wondered how to do basic maintenance on your own truck? This guide teaches even the clumsiest handyman how to change their own oil with only a few basic tools.

Image 1/1: Warm up the engine by letting it run or driving it for 10-20 minutes to ensure the oil will flow easily.
  • Locate the oil drain plug. The plug is located underneath the front of the truck on the bottom of the engine crank case.

  • Warm up the engine by letting it run or driving it for 10-20 minutes to ensure the oil will flow easily.

  • Be careful not to touch the engine as it will be hot.

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  • Place the drain pan under the drain plug so it will catch the oil as it falls vertically from the engine.

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Image 1/1: Avoid getting oil on the ground by moving the oil pan accordingly.
  • Loosen the drain plug by turning the 14mm socket counterclockwise.

  • Avoid getting oil on the ground by moving the oil pan accordingly.

  • Move your hand away from under the drain plug quickly after loosening it to avoid getting hot oil on your hand.

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Image 1/3: Pull the hood release. The release is located under the front center of the hood. Image 2/3: Use the hood support rod to keep the hood propped up. The rod is located along the front edge of the engine compartment. Image 3/3: Use the hood support rod to keep the hood propped up. The rod is located along the front edge of the engine compartment.
  • Pull the hood release latch. The latch is located inside of the car under the steering wheel.

  • Pull the hood release. The release is located under the front center of the hood.

  • Use the hood support rod to keep the hood propped up. The rod is located along the front edge of the engine compartment.

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Image 1/2: Remove the filter by turning it counterclockwise with a wrench . Image 2/2: The wrench wraps around the filter and tightens itself as you turn it counterclockwise.
  • Locate the oil filter in the engine compartment. The oil filter is on the lower right side of the engine.

  • Remove the filter by turning it counterclockwise with a wrench .

  • The wrench wraps around the filter and tightens itself as you turn it counterclockwise.

  • Use force if the filter is difficult to remove.

  • The oil filter may be hot.

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Image 1/2: Use your hand to tighten the new filter until it fits snugly. Image 2/2: As the engine runs, it will cause the filter to tighten itself, so it is unnecessary to use additional force to tighten the filter.
  • Apply a small amount of fresh oil to the edge of the new filter.

  • Use your hand to tighten the new filter until it fits snugly.

  • As the engine runs, it will cause the filter to tighten itself, so it is unnecessary to use additional force to tighten the filter.

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Image 1/3: Check if all of the oil has drained from the engine by seeing if the oil is still flowing into the drain pan. Image 2/3: Wipe any spills on the ground. Image 3/3: Replace the drain plug.
  • Set the torque wrench to 32 ft-lbs.

  • Check if all of the oil has drained from the engine by seeing if the oil is still flowing into the drain pan.

  • Wipe any spills on the ground.

  • Replace the drain plug.

  • Use the 14mm socket torque wrench to tighten the drain plug until the wrench makes a "clicking" noise.

  • Do not over tighten the drain plug with the torque wrench. Too much force could cause the head of the bolt to snap off and become stuck in the engine.

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Image 1/1: Remove the cap by unscrewing  it counterclockwise.
  • Locate the oil fill cap in the engine compartment. The cap is located on the lower right side of the engine next to the oil filter.

  • Remove the cap by unscrewing it counterclockwise.

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Image 1/1: Pour 5 quarts of new oil into the funnel.
  • Place the funnel into the oil fill tube.

  • Pour 5 quarts of new oil into the funnel.

  • Replace the oil fill cap.

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Image 1/2: Locate the engine dipstick. The dipstick is located on the left side of the engine compartment and is designated by a yellow ring. Image 2/2: Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean.
  • Start the truck and let it run for 5 minutes before turning off the engine.

  • Locate the engine dipstick. The dipstick is located on the left side of the engine compartment and is designated by a yellow ring.

  • Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean.

  • Reinsert and remove the dipstick to see if the oil is between the two dots on the dipstick.

  • The job is finished if the oil is between or slightly above the two dots.

  • If the oil is below the two dots, add new oil in small increments into the oil fill tube until the dipstick shows it is between the two dots.

  • Do not pour oil into the dipstick tube.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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