how to do oil change
The average car has 15,000 miles on it before it needs a new oil change. This means that in three years, you’ll be spending $1,500 on oil changes. Over the course of five years, that’s almost $2,500! Changing your own oil can save you money by doing all of the work yourself instead of paying for someone else to do it for you—and there are some great ways to do so.
First, gather your supplies. You’ll need: a car jack, a wrench, an oil drain pan, new oil, and a new oil filter.
- Don’t forget the oil filter!
- Don’t forget the drain pan!
- Don’t forget the wrench!
- And don’t forget to change your own car’s engine oil with this handy guide from Consumer Reports.
Next, jack up your car. Be sure to put the jack underneath the correct spot on your car as this will vary based on the model.
. Your manual should have directions for how high you should raise it and where exactly to put it. If you don’t have a manual or can’t find it online, make sure that you use a jack that is compatible with your vehicle’s make and model (check out our guide on how to properly select a car lift). It’s also best if you use jack stands under each wheel so that there isn’t any chance for them wobbling or rolling off as they are raised up into place!
Then remove your old oil by unscrewing the drain plug with your wrench and letting the old oil run out into the pan.
If you can’t get a wrench on it, use your hands. Don’t forget to replace the drain plug when you’re done!
After that, replace your oil filter. Start by unscrewing it with your hands, then using your wrench to finish the job if it won’t budge.
Once you’ve got the old filter out and have a new one ready for installation, make sure to tighten down the new one before placing it in place. Use a wrench here—if there’s any question about how much pressure should be applied (or if there’s any way that could make things worse), stop now! You don’t want anything going wrong at this point because of an improper tightening procedure:
Finally, add your new oil. Pour the new oil into the funnel that is attached to where you removed the drain plug. After all of your new oil has been added, screw everything back in place and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then check for leaks before lowering your car back down onto the ground.
To recap: gather supplies; remove old oil; add new filter; add new oil; check for leaks and lower car back down onto ground.
Changing your own car’s oil is a great way to save money!
A good place to start is with the basics: what do you need to change? You’ll want to check the owner’s manual for specifics on how much oil and how often it needs changing. If there are no instructions included in the manual, it’s usually safe to assume that every time you fill up at an auto shop or gas station, they will put in new (and fresh) oil. This means that if your car has been driven less than 100 miles in the last two weeks, then you should probably plan on replacing its old filter as well—the ones found under the hood can get pretty gross after awhile! Another thing worth noting: when buying new filters online or elsewhere—especially those sold by national brands like Walmart or Target—you may be paying more than expected because they’re made overseas; this means shipping costs will increase too (since these companies don’t have employees working solely dedicated towards selling their products).
Hopefully, our guide to changing your car’s oil has helped you learn how to do it. Changing the oil in your car is a simple task with some basic tools and supplies. It’s not hard at all!