If you would prefer to change your own oil and leave the more serious vehicle issues to the professionals, we completely understand. Not everyone has the time to make appointments and get out of work to take their vehicle to the dealership. This is why we’ve put together this simple guide for changing your own oil.
What you need:
Oil and a funnel
Some kind of pan or container than can hold the old oil
A wrench set
Before you can begin draining the old oil out of your car, get under the hood and remove the oil filler cap. This will help the oil drain easier by not creating a vacuum. Now, position the drain pan underneath the oil drain and unscrew the cap, allowing the oil to flow out.
Once the oil has drained properly, you can replace the drain plug to prevent any new oil from spilling out after you’ve filled it. Replace the oil filter first, then use the funnel to pour the necessary amount of oil into the oil filler cap. Then, of course, screw the oil filler cap back on, and you’re good to go.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of things, changing your own oil should take no more 30 minutes, though you should give yourself at least an hour in case of mistakes and needing to double-check your progress to make sure you’re doing it correctly.