How to Change Your Own Oil
Regular oil changes are an important part of car maintenance. Changing your own oil can save you time and money. In this post, we will guide you through the process of changing your own oil.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
Before you get started, you will need to gather the necessary supplies:
- Oil filter wrench
- Oil drain pan
- New oil filter
- New oil (check your owner’s manual for the recommended type and amount)
- Socket set
Step 2: Prepare Your Vehicle
Start by warming up your car for a few minutes to help the oil flow out more easily. Then, park your car on a level surface and turn off the engine. Raise the hood of the car and locate the oil filter and oil pan.
Step 3: Drain the Oil
Using your socket set, remove the oil drain plug from the oil pan. Be careful, as the oil may be hot. Let the oil drain into the oil drain pan for a few minutes.
Step 4: Replace the Oil Filter
Using the oil filter wrench, remove the old oil filter. Before installing the new oil filter, apply a small amount of oil to the rubber gasket to create a tight seal. Tighten the new oil filter by hand.
Step 5: Add New Oil
Remove the oil cap under the hood and insert the funnel. Pour in the recommended amount of new oil. Replace the oil cap when finished.
Step 6: Check the Oil Level
Start the car and let it run for a few minutes. Turn off the engine and check the oil level using the dipstick. Add more oil if necessary.
Changing your own oil is a simple process that can save you money in the long run. Regular oil changes can help keep your car running smoothly and efficiently. Remember to properly dispose of your old oil and oil filter in accordance with local regulations.