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Please use standard safety procedures when changing your oil. You should always refer to your own car’s manual before changing your oil.”
When #2 son decided he wanted to become an auto mechanic it was no surprise. Ever since he was little, he has been obsessed with anything with an engine and wheels. It is his passion. How I feel about DIY and crafting is how he feels about working on cars! So of course one of my thoughts was: THIS IS GREAT!!! NO MORE CAR REPAIR BILLS! A LIFETIME OF FREE CAR MAINTENANCE – WOO HOO!!!!!
Except it really doesn’t really work that way. Womp womp : (
Because his job is an hour away and he works 12 and sometimes 14 hour days, he doesn’t have much free time to work on mom’s car. So when the oil change indicator light came on recently letting me know that an oil change was due, he suggested that since I’m a DIYer anyway that I should learn how to change my own oil.
I don’t know anything about changing oil!
Well I do now! I know, right??? And I was surprised at how easy it was. Let me show you what I did:
First things first: I needed the oil. My son advised me that Walmart has very good prices on motor oil.
I referred to my owner’s manual to find out the recommended weight and grade oil that I needed. I chose Pennzoil Platinum full synthetic motor oil because it’s a high-quality oil that has been specially designed to give engines complete protection. I also understand that Pennzoil offers excellent performance in extreme temperatures. Now I’m not in Alaska, but we do experience pretty extreme temperatures here in the Northeast!
While I was at Walmart, I couldn’t help but look around and checked out the oil-changing gadgets, but my son assured me that he had everything I needed to change my oil and all I needed to get was the oil and an oil filter.
There are books hanging right there in the aisle with the oil filters. I just had to look up my car’s year and model and it told me which oil filter I needed to buy.
So that’s what an oil filter looks like. (Not what I had pictured at all ; )
Next up: go home and change the oil.
But not so fast. I had to let the engine cool down so I waited an hour and then #1 son and I got to work!
(Yes, #1 son was my advisor and helper for my first oil change!)
Okay, so the engine is cool and it’s time to raise the car so I can crawl underneath. we used #2 son’s jack to lift my car behind the right, front wheel . . .
. . . and placed “chucks” behind the other three wheels for safety.
Next, it was time to get under the car. This was the part I was most uneasy about.
But first I had a “light bulb” moment. I grabbed a large piece of cardboard from the basement. It’s a lot easier to slide yourself on cardboard than it is on pavement or cement! So there I am, underneath my car looking for the oil plug to remove it.
We had the oil pan positioned under the old oil filter and plug, ready to catch the old, dirty oil.
And there it goes! Look at the black, dirty oil. (and it turns out the cardboard was good to catch any stray oil drips, too!)
Then it was time to put in the new oil filter. But first son #1 told me to “prime” it with oil. That meant I needed to dip my finger in the new oil and rub that finger around the edge of the new oil filter as shown above. Easy enough! Then back under the car to install the new oil filter.
Then it was time to add the oil. Look at that nice, clean oil! My car holds 4-1/2 quarts of oil, so in they went. No problem!
You go girl!! Well done.
David @ Spiced says
Nicely done! I’ve always wanted to change my own oil, so I might just have to give it a go next time my car is due for an oil change. Thanks for sharing! #client
Texas truck service says
Just follow the DIY instructions and everything’s gonna be fine.
George Underwood says
Oil change is a part of vehicle aftercare and upkeep. It’s a simple maintenance quest that a car owner can do to prolong the lifespan of his speed machine and save himself from the bother of breakdowns and services. Do you know- why it is so cardinal? Because it lubricates the parts and helps the engine to run smoothly and efficiently. So, you can’t ignore this service procedure. Yup, you can do this task by simply engaging a skilled auto technician. It can be effective. You can also get the same effectiveness by doing on your own. Only a bit of technical expertise is required. Learn the above tactics and try to cultivate other mechanical aptitudes so that you can keep the automobile expenses within your budget.
Kacie Goodman says
Oil change is an important maintenance task that should not be skipped. It should always be done in time according to owner’s manual. We can do it by employing an experienced auto technician. But we should know the process of changing the oil on our own. By doing this we can gain some expertise and save our wallet also. If we have the required tools for an oil change and have enough skill we can do it on our own. If you want to do oil change on your own, you must follow the above procedure shared by the author in this blog.
Oil changes can be another big expense for your car – especially if you do them the right way and follow your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule.
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Jill Everson says
The one thing I believe service center charged way more, I always try to do by my own 🙂
Dan Collins says
Cool. Now I can pause in going to the authorized car shop because they charge double to triple just to change my oil. Thanks for sharing this.
Sandy Brandon says
This is real empowerement in every sense! Now you are not dependent on any body and do not have to pay the mechanic to get the oil changed. Way to go!
I love posts like this. I’m going to take any help I can get to drive.
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Kerry @ Eaglerock says
I’m just learning how to become a mechanic so thank you so much for your professional guides man,I really appreciate i
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This is a very important post. The engine oil should be changed after driving a certain kilometer of the car but waiting for the mechanic as I do not know the work myself, it damages our car. I hope you enjoyed this post. I will share with my friends.
Sunshine Auto says
This is something most people overlook at which cause in no longer run of the automobile
Kerry F says
I really appreciate this Blog! As a girl I was never taught like my brother how to do this stuff. I want to be able to do things on my own. Thanks so much!!!