How to Change Your Car Oil Yourself

how to change your car oil yourself

Changing the oil in your car is a must to keep it running well. Otherwise, certain parts will wear faster, and your engine could possibly malfunction. That could potentially be very expensive. Changing your own oil is fairly simple. Hopefully, this article helps you learn very quickly how to perform a D.I.Y. oil change.

Part 1: Draining Old Oil

  1. Get whatever tools or supplies you need. For example, oil drain pan, socket wrench, fresh oil, oil filter amp; filter wrench, 30 minutes of spare time, etc.
  2. Be sure you are parked on a level surface. Don’t forget to set the parking brake. Do not put the car on jacks unless you cannot otherwise reach the oil pan.
  3. Once you locate the oil pan underneath your car, make sure you have your drain pan ready to receive the oil that will be gushing out.
  4. Locate the oil pan plug and loosen with a socket wrench. Once you have that loose, unscrew the plug with your hand. At this point, the oil should be draining into your drain pan very rapidly.
  5. Once the oil is completely drained (this could take a few minutes), replace the plug. If the plug dropped into the pan and is now covered in oil, you can fish it out or use a magnet.

Part 2: Replacing Oil Filter

  1. Locate the oil filter under the hood of your car. It is about the size of a tin can and coated with rubber. Refer to your car’s manual if you have trouble finding it.
  2. Remove the oil filter and gasket seal using a filter wrench.
  3. Rub oil on the new oil filter gasket seal. Otherwise, it will be almost impossible to remove the next time.
  4. Install the new oil filter by tightening it down using your hand. Then use the filter wrench to turn it about 1/4 turn more, so it doesn’t pop off.

Part 3: Fill With Fresh Oil

  1. Remove the oil filler cap on the top of your engine.
  2. Using a funnel, fill your car up with the appropriate amount of oil, using the manufacturer recommended oil (10W-30 for most cars). Be careful how much oil you add and remember a little less is better than a little more.
  3. Wipe any excess oil off of the car.
  4. Let the engine run without revving it for approximately 5 minutes.
  5. Check the filter to make sure it is not leaking. Also, check underneath the car to make sure the oil pan is not leaking.

Side Tips/Warnings:

  • Warm oil drains faster than cool oil. You could run the engine for a few minutes before draining, just be careful not to warm the oil up too much or you will get burned!
  • Dispose of used oil properly.
  • Consult a mechanic if you have cannot perform the above instructions.
  • Your oil level will read approximately 1 quart higher than it should with the new oil filter installed. This is because the oil filter contains one quart of oil usually. Keep this in mind when putting the new oil into your car.
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