Changing your Own Oil In Your Car

If you are a college student with a small income or someone who like to do things themselves, changing your own oil is a good skill to have and can save you a lot of money. What you need to do first is identify what kind of oil your vehicle takes and what time of year/weather is a factor. Once you have decided on what particular oil to buy you must acquire the tools and select a location to perform the task. The tools you will need are a jack, if your vehicle is not high enough to crawl under safely, jack stands to keep the vehicle in the air and for safety, a wrench that fits the oil pan plug, a container to retain the used oil as it drains and find a place that will take used oil as you cannot just pour it down the drain or dump it in the garbage, the oil you have chosen and a oil filter that fits your vehicle. Once all these things have been acquired then set aside some time to do the job.

Begin by driving your vehicle to the location you decided making sure it is clear, level and gives you room to move and crawl around. Make sure there are no hazards like children running around who could be potentially hurt or if it is against the rules of that particular location to do vehicle maintenance. Jack the vehicle in the air on the designated jack points and set the jack stands under those points. Remove the oil filler cap and set the container under the oil filter. Remove the oil filter by hand or with a specially designed wrench and set it aside. Use caution as the oil will pour out of the filter and may still be hot if you haven't let the vehicle sit for very long. Clean up the area the filter screws into with a paper towel and take the new filter and put a small portion of new oil on the filter o-ring to coat it for making a good seal. Screw the filter back on hand tight. Now move the container for the used oil under the oil pan. Remove the oil drain plug with the wrench. Be careful as the oil will be very hot if you haven't let the vehicle sit for very long. Once all the oil has been drained replace the drain plug screwing it in tight but not overly tightened. Pour in the oil in the oil filler opening to the recommended amount. Check the oil level dipstick to ensure you did not overfill. Replace filler cap, start the vehicle and check for leaks. Check the oil level dipstick to ensure proper amount of oil in the motor. If all is well you have just changed your oil.