Any mechanic will change a car’s oil for the cost of the product and labor. Yet it is easy to change oil and a driver can save hundreds each year on auto repair bills depending on how often he drives the car and how old the car is. Keeping in mind some small details can save a driver even more.
Buy a good quality oil- There are many things you can buy at a value price, but oil is not one. Choosing cheap oil to save money affects the engine significantly. Quality oil has additives in it to help the car run smoother and keep the engine clean and free from all the buildup that clogs engines. It is the only choice for older cars.
Be prepared to get dirty- It is obvious that oil is a black greasy mess. Working under a car with dirty oil that splatters is a sure sign that you should wear old clothes. Put on a bandana or hat to keep your hair clean. When you are finished, take a shower to get the oil off of your face and remove the smell from your body. Your significant other will thank you.
Dispose of the oil responsibly- We only have to look back on a major oil spill to see what oil can do to the environment. Oil can not only suffocate animals but it is highly flammable. Instead of throwing away the oil or letting it run into the street, catch it in a tray and recycle it either at a landfill or at the nearest service station.
Keep track of your mileage- Experts recommend changing a car’s oil every 3000 miles. The average car can go for 5000 miles without needing to. No matter how often you decide to change the oil, it is easy to forget the last time you did it. Use a small notebook in the glove compartment to note the mileage when the oil was changed and when it should be changed again.
Be safe under the car- Put the emergency brake on and use chocks to hold the wheels in place. It only takes the car to move a few feet and you are in major trouble. Do not ever smoke while changing a car’s oil or you risk the liquid igniting. Accidents happen every year and can kill someone just trying to save money.