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|The oil plug is the bolt located at the rear of
the oil pan.
||Here's a top view of the oil filter on Mike's
IROC. ...and why yes, that is a Purolator Pure One filter from a
5.0 Ford Mustang.
||When changing your oil you can lay down next to
your front passenger side tire and reach the oil plug and the oil
filter without jacking up the car.
||Here's a zoom in of the oil filter at the front
of the engine.
1. Drive the car around and get it good and warmed up so the
oil is hot.
Doing this accomplishes 2 things. First, hot oil flows easier than cold oil so more will drip out. Second, it circulates the oil around so more of the dirt in the system is suspended and will flow out with the oil. You don't have to do this, but it's the "better" approach.
2. Drain the old oil.
Put a pan under to oil plug to catch the oil. Then loosen the bolt with a wrench and turn it the rest of the way out with your fingers on a leather gloved hand. (Remember, the oil is HOT and will burn you if you aren't wearing gloves.) One good technique is to lift the catch pan with one hand up near the pan while you remove the plug with the other. This lessens the likelihood of spilling oil all over the place.
Once the old oil has drained replace the oil plug.
Snug it in good, but don't he-man it. (30 ft-lbs)
Remove the oil filter.
Depending upon your grip and how dirty it is, you may be able to simply grab it with your hand and twist it off. Otherwise, use an oil filter wrench to twist it loose. Once it's loose, get your catch pan underneath and then very carefully remove the filter. Oil (again HOT) will pour out. Be careful not to drop the oil filter into the pan as it will splash hot oil everywhere making one big mess.
5. Install the new oil filter.
Apply a coat of clean new motor oil to the rubber gasket on the new oil filter. Then screw the filter into place and once it stops freely spinning, snug it down an extra 1/4 to 1/3 turn.
6. Fill the
engine back up with ~ 4 1/2 quarts of oil.
Once you're part way through the 5th quart, start checking the dipstick to see if you've hit full yet (Always wipe the dipstick off, insert, pull out, and re-check). Once you hit full, you're done. Clean up and go back to toasting rice.