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
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.