Oil Filler Cap
Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you change your engine oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first. This change oil interval is standard regardless of the type of driving you do. But before you can change your engine oil, there's one component you need to deal with.the oil filler cap.
Normally, the oil fill cap is very easy to remove. You simply need to twist the cap and take it off the engine compartment and presto! You can now do your oil change. The process only becomes difficult when the cap gets coated with oil.
How to remove the oil filler cap?
What you'll need:
- Clean rag
- Oil filter wrench (when necessary)
Step 1: Turn off the vehicle and set the parking or emergency brake. If it has a parking gear, put the car in park.
Step 2: Make sure the engine has completely cooled down before pulling the hood release lever to open the hood. This hood-release mechanism is usually situated on the left side of the steering wheel. You can also choose to manually open the hood and prop it up solidly.
Step 3: Find the oil filler cap on the driver's side valve cover. The cap usually has an .Engine Oil. label. Get a clean rag and wipe the area around the cap to get rid of oil, dirt, and debris.
Step 4: Loosen the cap by twisting it in counterclockwise direction. Once loose, lift it up to remove it. If it gets stuck and becomes difficult to twist, you can use a metal, strap-type oil filter wrench as it has the traction and gripping torque that's needed to clasp the oil fill cap and twist it until it loosens.
What if you discover that your oil filler's cap is missing and you don't' know since when you've been driving without an oil fill cap? If that's the case, you need to get aenew one as soon as possible so you can cover the oil filler hole right after you do your oil change.
What to look for when purchasing new oil filler cap?
Remember that the oil fill cap is situated in the engine compartment, where the temperature can get so hot once the engine is working at its peak. It also needs to cover the hole where engine oil is added, and this fluid can also become so hot. So if you want your oil fill cap to serve you for a long period of time, it must be made highly resistant to oil and high temperatures.
One thing that makes oil change time-consuming is a hard-to-open oil filler cap. So, get one with a shape or design that ensures easy turning. It also pays to get a cap that does not easily get hot.
While it's just a small design piece compared to other components under the hood, a well-designed oil fill cap provides the engine compartment with a touch of style. So it's better to go for one that's not just high quality but also aesthetically pleasing.
While they may come a bit expensive, there are oil filler caps that offer useful features such as small LCD screen that displays oil temperature and oil dipstick. There are also units with overheat warning function, so you'll know when it's time to have your engine oil changed.