How to Change the Oil for your Mustang Cobra
Changing the oil on your Mustang Cobra is an excellent way to develop a better understanding of the inner workings of your car. Not only that, but you'll also avoid having to pay a service to complete the job for you, and you'll be assured of the quality of the work that took place as well. For all of these reasons and more, it's a good idea to take the brief amount of time periodically that it requires in order to change the oil in your own vehicle.
Changing the oil in a Cobra generally takes no more than an hour or so. It's necessary to check the oil about every 3000 miles of driving or so. Before you change it, test it out with a dipstick to be sure of the quality of the oil. Read on for a set of instructions on how to change the oil in your Cobra.
Step 1 -- Gather Your Materials
You'll need the following items in order to change the oil in your Cobra:
- New oil filter
- Oil collection pan
- Jack stand set
- Several quarts of new oil
- New gasket system (potentially)
- Newspapers, funnel and paper cloths or towels
Step 2 -- Prep the Car
Begin by jacking the front end of the car up on stands. You should then open up the hood and keep it propped up with the bar that comes attached. Locate the oil container and place a set of newspapers below it to catch any oil that might drip or fall as you're working.
Step 3 -- Drain the Oil
Loosen the oil drain plug by hand. Be sure to have your collection pan placed beneath the oil container as you do this, because the old oil will start to drain from the container as soon as the collection drain plug is loosened at all. Allow several minutes for all of the oil to drain from the container before you continue. Then clean off the base of the oil container with a set of paper cloths or towels.
Step 4 -- Check on the Filter
Unscrew the oil filter next to the drain plug. You may need a wrench in order to get it started, but you should then be able to screw it off by hand. Examine the oil filter for signs of wear and tear. If it appears that the filter mechanism itself may be damaged, or if there's excessive debris and corrosion in it, you should plan to change the filter out for a new one in its place. Know however that you may not need to change the oil filter every time that you change the oil in your car, so it's worth checking first.
Step 5 -- Add New Oil
Close up the drain plug once again and insert the funnel into the top of the oil container. Look on the back of the oil packaging to see how many quarts you'll need, then allow that many quarts exactly to drip into the car's oil container. Be sure that you allow several minutes for the oil to collect inside of the car. You can then close up the hood on your vehicle and remove it from the jack stands.
Before you plan to drive your Mustang Cobra once again, be sure to check on the oil levels. You can do this once again using a dipstick. It may be necessary to either add a little more oil tr to allow some to drain out of the container in order to be sure that you have exactly the right amount before you drive.
All of the materials and tools necessary for this project can be found at your local hardware store or at a car body shop store. If you have any questions about changing the oil on your Mustang Cobra, ask a mechanic.