Your Ford F-150 is more than just a truck; it's a reliable workhorse that tackles challenges head-on, whether it's hauling cargo or conquering off-road terrain. To keep it running at its peak performance, regular maintenance is key. One crucial aspect of this upkeep is changing the oil filter. While it might sound like a daunting task, fear not. In today's guide, we'll guide you through all the steps you need to successfully and easily change your F-150s oil filter.
Gather Your Supplies
Before you start, ensure you have all the necessary supplies at hand. You'll need:
- A new oil filter compatible with your Ford F-150 (refer to your owner's manual for specifications)
- A socket wrench or oil filter wrench
- An oil drain pan
- A funnel
- A rag or paper towels for cleanup
- A pair of safety gloves (optional)
Prepare Your Work Area
Find a flat, level surface to work on, and make sure your engine is cool to the touch. Safety first! Wear safety gloves if you prefer to keep your hands clean.
Locate the Oil Filter
Your F-150's oil filter is typically located on the underside of the engine. You might need to access it from underneath the vehicle, so make sure you have enough clearance.
Drain the Oil
Place the oil drain pan under the oil filter. Using your socket wrench or oil filter wrench, carefully loosen the oil filter in a counterclockwise direction. Be prepared for some residual oil to spill into the drain pan.
Remove the Old Oil Filter
Once the oil filter is loose, you can unscrew it by hand and remove it from the engine. Allow any remaining oil to drain into the pan.
Prep the New Oil Filter
Before you install the new oil filter, apply a thin layer of clean motor oil to the rubber gasket on the top of the filter. This helps create a proper seal and makes it easier to remove during the next oil change.
Install the New Oil Filter
Screw the new oil filter onto the engine by hand. Make sure it's snug, but avoid over tightening it, as this can damage the filter or the engine.
Refill with Oil
Using a funnel, carefully pour the recommended amount of clean motor oil into the engine through the oil filler cap. Refer to your owner's manual for the correct oil type and capacity.
Check for Leaks
After adding oil, start the engine and let it run for a minute or two. Check underneath the vehicle for any oil leaks around the filter and drain plug.
Dispose of the Old Oil and Filter
Properly dispose of the old oil and filter at an auto parts store or a recycling center that accepts used oil and filters.
Ford Oil Filter Changes at Snider Auto Care!
Changing the oil filter on your Ford F-150 (2015 and newer) might seem like a daunting task, but with the right guidance and a bit of DIY spirit, it becomes a pretty fun side-project. If you don't think so or the task is a little bit too much for you to handle, contact us at Snider Auto Care, and we will be happy to help out.