Changing your oil is an important part of maintaining your vehicle and keeping it running smoothly. While you can take your car to a mechanic for an oil change, doing it yourself is a simple task that can save you time and money. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to change your oil.
Materials you will need:
- Oil filter wrench
- Oil filter
- New oil (make sure to check the owner’s manual for the recommended weight and type)
- Drain pan
- Rags or paper towels
Step 1: Gather your materials. Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary supplies. You can purchase oil, oil filters, and an oil filter wrench at most auto parts stores.
Step 2: Locate the oil pan. The oil pan is typically located under the car and can be identified by a drain plug near the bottom of the pan.
Step 3: Place the drain pan under the oil pan. Make sure the drain pan is in the right place to catch the used oil as it drains out of the car.
Step 4: Remove the drain plug. Use the oil filter wrench to loosen and remove the drain plug. Be careful as the used oil will begin to drain out of the pan.
Step 5: Replace the oil filter. Locate the oil filter, which is typically located near the engine. Use the oil filter wrench to remove the old filter and replace it with the new one. Make sure to tighten the new filter securely.
Step 6: Add the new oil. Use a funnel to add the recommended amount of new oil to the engine. Make sure to check the owner’s manual to determine the proper oil weight and type for your vehicle.
Step 7: Replace the drain plug. Once you have added the new oil, replace the drain plug and tighten it securely.
Step 8: Check the oil level. Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes to circulate the oil. Turn off the engine and wait a few minutes for the oil to settle. Check the oil level with the dipstick, and add more oil if necessary.
Step 9: Dispose of the used oil properly. Take the drain pan to a recycling center or oil change facility to dispose of the used oil properly.
Changing your oil is a simple task that can be done in less than an hour. By following these steps, you can keep your vehicle running smoothly and save money on regular oil changes.