Changing your oil is something that you can do at home instead of paying someone to do your oil change. It’s easy and you don’t need many tools. To make the whole idea more appealing let me tell you that it takes little time and saves you money. More over doing it yourself will boost your confidence as well when it comes to taking care of your vehicle.
How much money can you save? Usually you can save around $25 each oil change depending on where you go and the prices they charge. How long does it take to perform an oil change roughly about half an hour for someone experienced. If it is your first time you are probably looking at an hour because you are unfamiliar with it and you will take longer to do it being cautious not to make a mistake.
What you will need to do an oil change yourself. A 3/8 inch sized wrench. You will need this to be able remove the drain plug. You will want an oil filter wrench or you can just use a little muscle. An oil pan is needed to catch the old used oil that you are going to drain. You will need a funnel to help you pour the new oil in and avoid spilling it makes it less messy. A pair of gloves will come in handy as well you don’t want to get your hands covered in the oil. Lastly you will want to have some kind of a car jack ,jack stands or ramps to lift the car so that you can get under it if you are not in a place that you can have enough space to get under the vehicle.
Things you will need to buy to do the oil change. Oil to replace the old oil that will be discarded. A new oil filter as well. All of these items can be purchased at your local auto repair shop or even at some Walmart stores. Walmart usually has a guide or device to help you find the correct items needed for your vehicle if you want to do it yourself or you can ask someone who works there. Check your cars owner’s manual to get details like engine size which will determine how much oil you will need to purchase.
Warm your engine and the oil before you perform the oil change. This can be done by simply driving your car around the block a few times or leaving it running for a few minutes. You don’t want the oil to be cold it makes the process take longer if the oil is cold but you don’t want the oil to be hot to avoid a burn if it touches your skin.Now find the oil filter and drain plug. These are located under the car usually being in between the front tires area a square like box with a screw in it(the plug). You want to find it before you do anything else. Once you have found it place your oil pan under it but slightly off to the side. The angle in which the drain plug is positioned will cause the oil to flow out at an angle.
Remove the oil filler cap put the gloves on before doing this because when you remove the oil drain plug the oil will come pouring out and it and you can get covered in it. You can remove the plug with a wrench and muscle. A 3/8 inch drive ratchet is what you want to use. Carefully remove the plug and keep your hands out of the way of the oils direction. It’s going to come out fast and it will be warm. It could drip down your arm which is also why you shouldn’t change oil when the engine and oil are hot as I mentioned before.Tighten the drain plug it is tighten it as much as you can without using any tools to help tighten them any further. A standard 3/8 inch drive ratchet will work you want the bolt to be tight but you don’t want to strip it out.
Remove the oil filter. Do not put the new filter on too tight.You want to use the wrench to break the filter free. Filters loosen quickly and then the oil starts to pour out so slowly unscrew the filter by hand. This part is going to be messy no matter what you do. Make sure you place the drain pan before you begin to do it. Have something ready so you can clean yourself off an whatever else gets covered in oil. Don’t let go of the filter once it starts to come off hold the filter over the pan to drain it don’t let it drop it in. Clean as much oil as you can and pay attention to the filters sealing surface. Take off the old filter’s O-ring. Double stacked O-rings do not seal properly. Smear a little bit of the new oil on the new filter’s O-ring.Put the new filter in and take the gloves off so that you can get a good grip on it. Spin the filter on gently until the O-ring makes first contact with the sealing surface. Tighten the filter usually oil filters are tightened about ¾ of a turn -full turn beyond the point where the O-ring first contacts the sealing surface.
After double checking that the oil drain bolt and filter are in place and properly secured add your oil. Add about 1quart less than the suggested amount. So if it says 5 quarts you add 4 and save the last one for later. Then replace the oil cap and start the engine for 30 seconds to circulate the new oil then shut it down and check under your car for leaks. When everything is okay lower the car off whatever you used to lift it.Check the oil level on flat ground if you need more you can add more of what is left from before since you didn’t add it all then. Make sure to dispose of the used oil and filter properly do not just throw it in the trash you can take it down to your local repair place sometimes they take the used oil free of charge. If they don’t ask them where you can get rid of it they should be able to tell you.