Changing your own oil is a great way of saving money. It is a simple procedure that many people are afraid to do themselves, but can be quite easy and safe if you have the right tools and set up before you start. First we will discuss the things you will need for the job.
The supplies: An oil drain pan, oil, an oil filter, an oil filter wrench, an adjustable wrench, tire ramps and chocks, shop towels, *torque wrench, gloves (optional), and this guide. That’s it!
You will want to start on an even surface. Allow your car to run until it reaches operating temperature. Carefully drive the car up on the tire ramps and place the chocks behind the rear tires. Locate the oil drain plug on the oil pan, this is found under the engine, and place the drain pan directly beneath it. Very carefully use the adjustable wrench to remove the drain plug, keeping in mind that the oil will be hot. Don’t allow the drain plug itself to fall into the oil pan. Some people like to use protective gloves for the removal of the plug due to the heat, and to protect their hands from the chemicals in the oil.
Once the oil has completely drained from the engine use the oil filter wrench to remove the oil filter.
Thread the oil drain plug back into the oil pan finger tight then use the torque wrench to tighten the plug to the correct torque value. DO NOT forget to re-install the plug!
Before installing the new oil filter, open a bottle of fresh oil and, using your finger or a shop towel, rub a little bit of oil on the rubber gasket. This will ensure a nice leak free seal. Following the instructions on the box, typically you tighten the oil filter just to where it stops then give it a quarter turn.
Now remove the oil cap from the engine, found under the hood, and put the correct amount of fresh oil into the motor. Your owners guide will show you the proper capacity. Put the cap back on.
Remove the chocks, back the car off the ramps, and check the dipstick for the proper oil level. Check for any leaks.
Most gas stations will take your used oil and recycle it.
That’s it! The best part is that now you own all of the tools you’ll need to do the job again in the future . Doing the job a few times will pay for itself, but best of all you will be proud that you did it yourself!
*You can find the torque value for your oil drain plug usually in your owners manual or online.