How to Change the Oil in a Semi

Truck maintenance involves changing the oil. Changing your own oil can save you money and time.

Step 1: Before you begin the process, run the truck in order to get the oil warm so that it gathers dirty particles and is easier to drain. Make sure that the parking brake is set.

Step 2: Have the right tools. You will need a jack stand and floor jack. Then jack up the truck. Make sure the surface you are parked on is stable and level so the jack doesn’t move. The front tires will need to be off the ground. In order to be safer, you should have the jack stand under the frame inside the two front tires.

Step 3: Use a wrench that fits the drain plug and drain the oil. It helps to know what kind of heating oil the vehicle requires. You can find this information in the manual, along with the oil capacity.

Step 4: Dispose of the oil filter and screw the new filter in place. You want to make sure that you have the correct filter size. Check to make sure you have also removed the O-ring from the old filter so that you can install the new one properly. Take some fresh oil and rub it around the rim of the filter to make sure there is a good seal.

Step 5: Once you have gathered the tools and move from underneath the vehicle, you can remove the jack stand and lower the floor jack.

Step 6: Prop the hood and unscrew the oil cap, which should be located on the left side of the engine. Remove any debris that could fall into the oil.

Step 7: Pour the recommend amount of heating oil into the vehicle and screw the oil cap back on.

Step 8: Be sure to dispose of the used oil correctly.

Step 9: Run the semi for then minutes and then check the oil level. Top the oil off if needed.