How To Change the Oil for your Mustang Shelby

Keeping the oil in your Mustang Shelby fresh is one of the
most important ways that you can maintain the longevity and the
performance quality of your vehicle. The Mustang Shelby is a classic car
that requires excellent oil efficiency in order to be able to operate
properly; plan to change the oil approximately every 3000 miles or so in
this vehicle. If you don’t drive it regularly, it’s still a good idea
to change the oil regularly so that it stays fresh.

By changing your own oil in the Mustang Shelby, you’ll know exactly
how the process has taken place. You’ll not only avoid the cost of
having a service person do the task, but you’ll be assured of the
quality of the work and you’ll learn more about your vehicle as you do
it. Read on for a brief overview on how to change the oil on your
Mustang Shelby.

Step 1 — Gather the Materials

In order to change the oil, you’ll need the following items:

  • Oil pan to collect old oil
  • New oil filter, if necessary
  • Jack stand set
  • New oil
  • Wrench set
  • Funnel, newspapers and paper cloths

Step 2 — Prep the Area

Next, you’ll need to get your car ready to have its oil changed. Jack
up the front portion of the car and then open up the hood. Locate the
oil container section and lay down a set of newspapers below it in order
to keep the surrounding area nice and clean as you work.

Step 3 — Drain the Oil

Unscrew the oil drain plug on your oil container and be sure to have
an oil collection pan placed below the gasket system as you do. As soon
as the drain plug is partially unscrewed, the old oil will begin to fall
through it and to drain out of the oil container. Allow several minutes
for all of the oil to collect properly in the drain pan.

Step 4 — Clean Up

Use your paper cloths to clean off the base of the oil container and
to clean out the area around the drain plug before you continue. This is
a good opportunity to clean out any debris or other materials that may
have collected in and around the drain pan or the base of the oil
container before you continue.

Step 5 — Check and Replace the Oil Filter

Next, locate the oil filter on the base of the container and unscrew
it by hand. You may need to use a wrench to get it fully unscrewed. Once
the oil filter comes off in your hand, take a look at it to see whether
it needs to be replaced. Look for buildup of debris or corrosion and
also for the quality of the filter mechanism itself. If it appears that
the filter is old and worn out, throw out the used one and replace it.
Know that you may not need to replace your oil filter every time that
you change the oil, so it’s a good idea to check on the filter before
you automatically assume that you’ll need to replace it in your Mustang
Shelby.

Step 6 — Replace the Oil

Tighten the drain cap on your vehicle and then use the funnel to put
the new oil in the oil container. The exact number of quarts that you’ll
need will depend upon how you drive and what type of oil you have
purchased. Make sure that the oil fully drains from the oil container
into the vehicle before you close up the hood and lower the car off of
the jack stands. Before you drive, it’s a good idea to manually check
the oil levels; you may need to add more oil if it’s not low enough, or
to drain some of the new oil if it’s too high.

If you have any questions about the process of changing the oil in
your Mustang Shelby, consult with a mechanic near you for additional
advice.

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