How to Change the Oil for your Mustang Saleen
Keeping the oil regularly changed on your Mustang Saleen is one of the best tools that you have as an owner of the car to keep it functioning properly. As with every other vehicle on the road, the Saleen requires that you change out the oil periodically in order to maintain the functionality of the engine block; without clean and proper oil, the engine can melt into itself, causing irreparable damage to the car. Fortunately, the process of changing oil for the Saleen takes no more than an hour or so at home, and it's inexpensive. You can save time and money by changing the oil on your own instead of taking the vehicle in to a service station for the task. If you want to change the oil on your Saleen at home, read on for a step-by-step guide on how to do so.
Step 1 -- Gather Up your Materials
You'll need the following items in order to properly change the oil in your Mustang Saleen at home:
- New oil filter
- Oil drain collection pan
- Jack stand set
- Wrench set
- New oil packages
- Paper towels
- Old newspapers
Step 2 -- Prep the Area
Begin by raising the Mustang Saleen up on a jack stand set so that you'll have better access to the vehicle engine area. You'll need to then open up the hood and keep it propped up and open by using the bar that comes in the attached area. Locate the oil container in the car and place a set of newspaper sheets below it in order to catch any drips or leaks that may fall to the ground as you work. Make sure that you wait for a few hours after the car was last running before you begin the process of changing the oil.
Step 3 -- Drain the Old Oil
Hold the oil drain pan collector underneath the oil container and locate the oil drain plug. Unscrew it by hand and allow all of the oil to drain into the pan. It may take several minutes for all of the old and used up oil to drain into the pan, so be patient as this happens. After it has drained completely, wipe off and clean the oil drain plug and the surrounding area with paper towels before you continue.
Step 4 -- Change the Filter
You should then remove the oil filter to check and see if it needs to be replaced. It may not need to be replaced every time that you change out the oil, so it's important to check on it first. Use the wrench to unscrew the oil filter and then examine it by hand. Look for signs of debris buildup or corrosion. If you notice any, it's a good idea to throw out the old filter and replace it with a new one. Otherwise, simply reattach the old filter in place.
Step 5 -- Fill with new Oil
Close up the oil drain plug once again and insert the funnel into the top of the oil container. Check how many quarts you'll need for your car, then dump that amount of quarts through the funnel and into the oil container. Be sure to allow several minutes for all of the oil to drain into the car. Once that is complete, you can close up the oil container and the hood of the car and then remove the Mustang Saleen from the jack stands to lower it back to the ground.
Check on the oil levels by hand before you attempt to start up the car again. Use a dipstick to make sure you have the right amount of oil in the vehicle, then adjust accordingly.
If you have any additional questions or concerns about changing the oil for your Mustang Saleen, speak with a professional or a mechanic.