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How to change your own Engine Oil---Made easy!

Updated on December 11, 2015

Things You Will Need.

  • A good quality motor oil. (check your owner's manual for specific recommended weight for your vehicle
  • Oil Filter (these are motor specific, so check with the auto parts store to be sure you get the right one)
  • 3/8" drive ratchet set, Allen set or Torx Bit.(check your drain plug for the specific one for your car). It will be one of the three.
  • Oil filter wrench--
  • Drain pan--
  • Jack and Jack Stands--
  • Wheel chocks--(you can also blocks of wood or bricks; just be sure they are secure before you jack up the car)
  • gloves and rags for clean-up

Getting Started

Changing your own oil can be an overwhelming thought, but if you follow these simple directions, you can save yourself a lot of money and extend the life of your car's motor.

First you want to find a nice level spot and park there. Apply the park brake and chock or secure the rear tires. (remember the motor will be hot so allow it to cool for a few hours before you start). Locate your cars jack points(you can find these in your owner's manual) and jack up the vehicle and secure it on the jack stands. (Always remember,(SAFETY FIRST!!!).

Open the hood of the car and remove the oil filler cap located on top of the motor, Leave this off during the oil change as this will help the old oil to drain, Next you will need to locate the drain plug. (below is a link to help you identify it).

Place the drain pan underneath the plug and remove it. Make sure you position your pan in such a way that when you open the plug, oil does not spill out all over the ground. Let the oil drain until you have only a few drops of oil dripping, then you can remove the oil filter. Place the oil filter wrench on the filter and turn it counterclockwise to loosen it. (there will be some oil draining from it so be careful. Once you have removed the old filter, install the new filter. Place a small amount of oil on your finger and lubricate the rubber seal on top of the filter, then screw it in clockwise. Hand tighten the filter then give it an addition turn to ensure it is sealed.

Now you can replace the drain plug and fill the car with oil. Check with your owner's manual for the amount of oil to add to your vehicle. (DO NOT OVERFILL IT!!!) Be sure your plug is tight to avoid leaks. Start the car and check for any leaks.

Once your sure your system is sealed and there are no leaks carefully pour the old oil into the old oil bottles or a large seal able container. You can then take it to a local oil shop for disposal. (Please so not pour it down the sewer drain)

Jack your car back up and remove the jack stands. That's it your done! You just did one of the best things you could have done for your car.



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