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How to Change your Own Oil

Changing the oil in your car is something that can be done in the comfort of your own garage. It’s a task you can easily do especially if you want to save a few bucks. Most auto service shops charge a lot just for a simple oil change.

All you need is to follow these simple and easy instructions. If everything goes smoothly, you can finish this task in more or less half an hour. Here are some quick tips.

What you’ll need:

  • Oil
  • Oil filter
  • Oil drain pan
  • Wrench
  • Funnel
  • Jack and jack ramps
  • Latex gloves

Choose your oil.

Read your car manual and check how many miles you need to drive before you start changing your oil. Your manual will also tell you the recommended type of oil for your vehicle including the viscosity and grade.

It can either be a conventional, synthetic or high mileage oil. You can also check your manual for instructions on warranties.

Prep your car.

Before you get started, start your engine and keep it warm not hot. Both your oil and engine should have the right amount of temperature.

A cold oil will not be able to drain properly. Let the engine idle for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Once it’s warm, switch off the engine and loosen the oil filter cap and drain the oil.

Use a ramp to jack up your vehicle. It is more stable and reliable. Make sure that the front tires of your vehicle are elevated. Set your emergency brake.

For manual transmission, shift it into first gear. If it’s automatic, place it in park gear.

Drain the oil and remove the oil filter.

Once you’re under your vehicle, look for the oil drain plug. Put the drain pan underneath the drain plug to catch the oil.

Turn the plug counterclockwise using a wrench until it loosens up. Then carefully drain the oil. Use a wrench to loosen the oil filter and carefully remove it by hand. Don’t forget to wear latex gloves to protect your hands.

Replace the oil filter.

Use a new filter and apply a small amount of oil to the gasket. Place the new oil filter into the oil line. Make sure it is properly aligned and tighten the filter.

Clean the gasket and the oil plug before reinstalling the drain plug. Use the KevianClean Auto Detailing towel to wipe off all residue.

Add new oil.

Use a funnel to put new oil. Put the recommended amount of oil and check with a dipstick. Make sure you dispose of your old oil properly because it has toxic ingredients that are harmful to the environment.

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