How to Change the Oil in Your New Jaguar XE 20d Prestige: Differences of Gas vs Diesel Oil Change
Changing your oil is one of those necessary tasks that every car owner must do. Decide to skip it, and you risk your engine overheating, getting damaged, and your car no longer running. It’s so important that the oil change services industry is worth $6 billion. This applies to both gasoline and diesel oil changes. If you haven’t changed the oil in your Jaguar in a while, now is the time to check it. Use this guide to see if you need to change your oil, and then change it if needed.
Signs Your Car Needs an Oil change
If you pay attention, your car will speak to you, and let you know what is going on with it. One of the most obvious ways you will know that your vehicle needs an oil change is to look at the oil.
Look at the Oil
Lift the hood of your Jaguar and locate the dip stick. With a paper towel in hand, pull the stick out and wipe it off. Now return it, and pull it out again.
Look at the level and color of the oil. Newer motor oil has a clear and bright amber color to it. Old and dirty motor oil is going to look almost black and opaque in color.
You’ll also want to make sure that the level of oil is between the two dots you see on the stick. If it is below them, you need to add more oil. If it over them, you have too much oil.
Your engine should have a smooth purr when it runs. If you start to hear pinging, ticking, or tapping, then it is time to check out your oil situation.
The oil in your engine is there to lubricate everything. This keeps the heat down and prevents damage.
Those new noises you’re hearing are the metal components banging into each other. Your oil is worn out and not lubricating, and now you are at risk of damaging your engine.
Gas Oil Change
To change the oil in a gasoline engine, you need to remove the old and dirty oil and replace it with fresh new oil. The easiest way to go about doing this at home is to have a set of ramps.
Make sure they are secure and on level ground. Then drive the front of your Jaguar up onto the ramps.
Release the plug from the oil pan underneath your Jaguar. Make sure you have a container to catch the oil when you do this because oil will immediately begin to pour out.
Let the car completely drain. When you see no more oil coming out, replace the plug and check that it is secure.
If you look under your Jaguar and don’t see the drain plug, this means you have a sealed engine. You will need a pump to suck the oil out from the top of the engine. There is also no filter in these types of engines.
Next, you will replace the filter for the oil. It is located in the engine bay. This step is essential as it keeps your new oil cleaner longer.
The final step is to pour in your new oil. Look at your owner’s manual to know how much oil to add. When you’re finished adding the oil, back your Jaguar off the ramp and let it run for a few minutes.
Jaguar Specific Considerations
Now that we’ve gone over the basic steps for changing the oil, let’s discuss some of the unique factors that come with changing the oil in a Jaguar. Remember, your car is considered a high-performance vehicle.
Because of this, your engine is bigger, and things are placed in different locations than a typical car. Changing the oil may not be as straightforward as the process we have described above.
You may need to remove other parts of the car to be able to get to the plug or filter. You’ll need the right tools and know how to remove and replace these additional parts. Because of this, many owners choose to have a knowledgeable service center perform their oil change for them.
Another factor to consider is that your engine is much larger than other car engines. This means your engine’s oil capacity is also much larger.
You will also want to use a high-quality synthetic oil. This will increase the cost of your oil change.
Diesel Oil Change
To change the oil in a diesel engine, the process is pretty much the same. You will need a wrench to remove the drain plug, a new oil filter, and something to catch the old oil in.
You will go through the same process of draining out the old oil, replacing the filter, and pouring in the new oil. Keep in mind that sometimes diesel gas is called diesel oil, you want to replace the actual lubricating engine oil, not the gas.
Main Differences Between Gas and Diesel Oil
While the process to change the oil is relatively the same, the actual oils are very different. One main difference is the level of zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate (ZDDP). The two engines have different types of catalytic converters, so they require different levels of ZDDP.
Diesel oil is going to be more viscous than gasoline engine oil. This means it is going to be thicker and heavier.
One significant difference is the length of time you can go between oil changes. Gasoline engine oil needs changing every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. While diesel engines can go around for around 7,500 miles before needing an oil change.
Perform Your Diesel Oil Change
Performing a gas or diesel oil change isn’t a complicated process. However, you may find that changing the oil in your Jaguar is more work than you want to do.
If this is the case, we can help! Our knowledgeable and qualified team of service technicians can competently perform your oil change.
Schedule you Jaguar maintenance today, and we’ll change the oil in your car.