i have a 2012 4-piston honda accord
im going to diy change the oil today before it gets dark,never done it before
what do i do to prevent pic related from happening to me?
im petrified, what if the car falls down and i get pinned underneath and die
i was thinking of parking it up over a curve desu
thanks for the advice in advance senpai
If your car does need to be raised at all to get to the drain plug and/or oil filter, make sure to use jack stands. You never work underneath a car that is only supported by a jack. On my car I don't need to raise the body at all, the oil filter is accessible from above, so thankfully its not something I have to worry about it. Still, jack stands are relatively cheap at your local auto parts store, so don't risk it if you need them.
Jack stands, a ramp or similar stuff that will not break or drop the car under any circumstances. Never go beneath a vehicle or similar that is being held up only by hydraulics as they can go to shit at any second right ontop of you
Also; your car has to be standing on level ground to get all the oil out properly. If the car is tilting or similar then it won't properly drain all its old oil.Get the car on a jackstand or similar, remove the drainplug, put whatever you are draining the oil into underneath and then lower the car again when you're in the clear so properly drains
depends on the ramps too...I have a pair of the plastic ones and they seem to hold the cars up fine...but I don't fucking trust them 100% based on seeing some that have cracked, so I throw jack stands underneath the car as well
And I almost forgot; run the engine so its at an operating temperature before draining the oil, as cold oil won't run as easily.
If your drain plug is facing towards the rear, Rhino ramps are fucking great. Just drive up and you're set. Throw a stopper for your rear wheels and you're golden. You can get them for 40 bucks are Wally World, really good investment.
This brings me back to doing oil changes with daddy, back when I was 13 years old or so.
1990 Nissan Ichivan (maybe it was called something else on other countries).
It was tall enough to work under it.
Also learned to dissasemble/clean the carburator and stuff, until it got a rigged EFI installed. Dad used to explain how engines and cars worked (or at least, how he, mostly empirically, thought they did) and I was just marveled. Pretty much the only times we bonded or something.
Just like pic related, tho father´s was pimp purple with golden decals.
Sold because bitchy mom, that van and I, wherever it is, are the same age.
Too bad I did nothing engine related for the next decade and forgot most stuff. Nowadays engines are too "closed source" to mess with.
Never knew that.
If I recall correctly this was not a popular van back then, nowadays I startle whenever I see one running.
It was quite reliable in our experience, used to make 8-12 hour trips in it.