DIY Oil Change: How to Change Your Car Oil Yourself

Read our expert oil changing tips and learn how to change your car oil yourself in just minutes. Brushing up on DIY car maintenance will save you money and extend the life of your car.

DIY Oil Change: Quick Tips from the Experts

Changing the oil in your car is something that any do-it-yourselfer can do. Although changing the oil might appear rather “duh,” there are still a lot of folks doing it wrong, making it an ugly chore or overpaying for oil changes they could do themselves. Plus, it’s the single most important task you can do to make your engine last.

Changing your own car oil isn’t brain surgery—you probably did it yourself years ago. But with oil change shops charging more and more, it’s time to get back under the car and start saving big bucks. Plus, you won’t be pressured into buying overpriced add-ons (like new wiper blades and PCV valves) every time you go in for a change. We’ll show you how to change your oil fast and painlessly. And we’ll show you some oil changing tips you may not know about.

If you get all your ducks in a row, you’ll be done changing your car oil in about 20 minutes. Start by spreading plastic sheeting on the ground. Then drive your car on top of it. That will eliminate all oil spill cleanup work since you can just toss the entire sheet when you’re done, or keep it for the next change if you’re lucky enough to go spill-free. Jack up the car, set the jack stands in place, and lower the car. If you’re on asphalt, place squares of plywood under the jack stands for support.

Tools you’ll need for a DIY oil change:

• Rags
• Rubber mallet
• Safety glasses
• Wrench set
You’ll also need an oil filter wrench, a funnel and oil pan.

Materials you’ll need for a DIY oil change:

• Engine oil
• Oil filter
• Oil filter gasket
• Container for used oil

First, a few tips on buying the right oil and oil filter!

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