Before removing the old oil filter check for leaks or damages on or around the filter. Document any concerns or abnormalities for future reference.


Make sure the engine is not too hot.


Locate the drain plug to drain the old oil. In most cases the plug is at the bottom of the oil pan. Place container to catch the oil spillage under the drain plug before you release. Once the oil is completely drained, screw the drain-plug back in the pan. In some cases you may need to replace the plug and the washer, or just the washer.


Remove the filter by turning it counterclockwise using the proper filter wrench. Once it is removed, check to make sure the seal is also off the engine (sometimes it gets stuck to the engine).


Wipe the engine mounting area and where the gasket sits from debris and dirt. Check to make sure the mounting stud is screwed in and not loose (this is the stud were the filter attaches to the motor).


Apply a coat of new oil on the new gasket surface. This will increase the torque and secure higher sealing capacity.


Install the filter by screwing it on clockwise until it seats properly.


Once the filter is seated properly, hand-tighten the filter at least ¾ of a turn of maximum hand torque. Some truck applications may require a full turn; please refer to the vehicle maintenance manual. Do not tighten with any tools or wrench.


Refill with new oil to the proper level using the engine oil dipstick and make sure the vehicle is level, check for leaks and re-tighten the filter if necessary.


Start the engine at idle for 10 seconds and rev it up to operating RPM (2500-3500) for 45 seconds, turn off and check for leaks. Recheck the oil level on the dipstick, add oil if necessary and wipe down any spillage.


Recycle the old filter.