How to Change Your own Oil in a Car
If you’ve gone to a service station to get your oil changed you’d know it takes forever. Most of the time is spent waiting on your hot oil to cool down. The truth is you can change your own oil in less than 10 minutes. All it takes is a little preparation.
If your car is low enough to the ground where you can’t crawl under it this is going to be impossible without getting a jack to lift your car up.
To change your oil you’re going to need
•Engine oil (check your manual or online to know what grade oil to get) the grade is the 5w-40 number
•Oil drain pan
For the old oil. You should bring the old oil to a service station to safely dispose of it. (You don’t have to throw away the pan, just pour out the old oil)
•Oil filter (optional but highly recommend because it needs to be changed at least every two changes) check online for what brand
It’s used to remove contaminants from engine oil.
What type of oil and oil filter for my car? | Mobil™ Motor Oils is an excellent website that finds out what type & how much oil you need.
I haven’t had much luck finding a similar website for oil filters. There’s always a book with a guide of which oil filter would be right for your car any place oil filters are sold but I’ll update this if anything changes.
Changing the oil
It’s best to do this first thing in the morning before you start your car to prevent being burned by hot engine oil. On the driver’s side of most vehicles (honestly every vehicle I’ve been under but consult your manual to make sure) there should be a bolt that requires a socket wrench (mentioned above). Place your oil pan directly below that bolt and loosen it. Some oil should drip, but you want to make sure you unscrew the bolt as quickly as possible & get your hand out of the way cause things could get messy.
Used oil is black in color. If the fluid comes out any other color you’ve done something wrong. When I was 16 I accidentally removed the bolt on the passenger’s side which drained all my transmission fluid. The color was all wrong & I caught my mistake immediately.
While the oil is draining swap out the oil filter. Consult your manual or YouTube (with your cars year, make, & model) to find out where that is.
After all the oil has been drained tighten the bolt back on. Make sure it goes in straight and secure to prevent leaks.
Add as much oil as the manual recommends (use a funnel to make sure the oil doesn’t spill on the engine rather than go inside). Seal the cap and you’re done.