How to Change the Oil for your Mustang Roush
Changing the oil in your Mustang Roush can be one of the most intimate and exciting parts of caring for your vehicle. You'll learn about the inner workings of your car as you engage in this task. Additionally, you'll also stand to save money by not taking the car to a mechanic shop and time, as the process doesn't usually take more than an hour or so when you complete it at home. Finally, you'll be certain of the quality of the job that was done. It's important that you plan to change the oil in your Mustang Roush about every 3000 miles or so in order to keep it fresh so that the engine doesn't freeze or lock up as you drive, causing permanent damage.
Step 1 -- Gather Up Your materials
You'll need the following tools and materials in order to change the oil properly in your Mustang Roush:
- New oil filter
- New oil packages (synthetic oil is usually considered the best for the engine)
- Jack stand set
- Oil drain pan
- New gasket system (optional)
- Paper towels
- Wrench set
Step 2 -- Prepare the Area
Begin by jacking up the front end of the car on the jack stands. You'll need to then open up the hood of the Mustang Roush and prop it open using the bar that's provided along with it. Be sure that you wait several hours after the car was last running before you begin, as the oil may be hot.
Step 3 -- Drain the Old Oil
Locate the oil container and place a set of newspapers below it to catch any drips or leaks that may happen. Place the oil drain pan below the drain plug, then unscrew the drain plug by hand to begin allowing the old oil to flow out. Give several minutes for all of the oil to drain completely, then clean off the base of the oil container and the drain plug with a set of paper towels.
Step 4 -- Change the Filter, If Necessary
Use a wrench to unscrew the oil filter which is located by the drain plug. You should be able to twist it off by hand. Examine the filter mechanism to see if it is damaged or worn out. Look for signs of debris buildup on it. If the mechanism does appear to be old and in need of replacement, throw it out and install a new filter in its place. Keep in mind that you will not need to change the filter out every time you change the oil on your car, generally speaking.
Step 5 -- Fill the Vehicle with New Oil
Close up the drain plug and insert the funnel into the top portion of the oil container in the Roush. Examine the back of the oil packaging to determine how many quarts you'll need. Next, dump that many quarts of oil into the funnel, and be sure to allow several minutes for all of the oil to drain into the car completely. You can then close up the car hood and lower the vehicle off of the jacks, though it's important to not turn it on just yet.
Before you turn on the car, use a dipstick to test the oil level. If there is too much oil, you'll need to allow a small bit to drain out; if there's too little, add a small bit until it's the proper reading. This is crucial to have in place before you begin to drive the car again.
All of the different tools and materials that you'll need for this task are available at your local hardware store or in an auto body repair shop near you. If you have any additional questions, ask a mechanic in your area for more advice about how to properly change the oil in your Mustang Roush.