Believe it or not, one of the easiest do-it-yourself vehicle maintenance tasks is changing your oil. It’s inexpensive, and it’s an essential part of routine maintenance that extends the life of your car. When you pay for an oil change, you are mostly paying for the labor. The supplies are refreshingly inexpensive.
After the initial tool purchase, all you need is oil and a new filter, both of which can be found at your local auto parts store. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended oil, oil filter and recommended miles between oil changes. Late model vehicles can often surpass 5,000 miles between changes according to manufacturers.
Step 1: Remove the Drain Plug
We should probably mention that the oil catch tray should already be in position before you remove the drain plug. When you remove the drain plug, make sure your O ring stays intact. A damaged O ring can encourage oil leaks.
Step 2: Allow the Oil to Drain
This should only take a few minutes.
Step 3: Replace the Drain Plug
Clean and replace the drain plug.
Step 4: Replace the Oil Filter
Remove the old oil filter and replace with the new one.
Step 5: Add Oil
Use a funnel to minimize spills and regularly check the dipstick to ensure your vehicle oil is at the correct level.
Some people believe that oil changes are expensive, but by staying within manufacturer’s guidelines and changing your oil yourself, you can save quite a bit of money over the lifetime of your vehicle.