Not all car repairs requires going to the mechanic. With the right tools, enough time, and a little research, you can do a lot of routine car maintenance on your own. Lets take a moment to review the dreaded oil change, to see the steps behind changing your oil. Chances are when you are done following this guide, you will agree that is easier then it may first seem.
1. Get The Right Tools
You will need new oil for your car, an oil pan that goes below your car and collects extra oil, a jack to lift your car, a new oil filter made for your car, and a tool to remove the oil cap. Once you have all of these, you are ready to begin.
2. Heat Up The Car A Little
If you have been recently driving, then give your car some time to cool down. If your car is cold, then let it heat up for a few minutes. This will make the oil move quicker as it drains.
3. Remove the Oil Cap
Finding a jack to lift your car, follow your vehicle manual to set the jack in the correct place. Once in place, go underneath and identify the oil cap. With oil pan in hand, remove the oil cap.
4. Use the Oil Pan and Drain The Oil
Place the oil pan below the oil cap and let your car slowly drain the oil.
5. Find Oil Filter and Remove
Once the oil is drained, you can begin finding and replacing the oil filter. Generally, it is a good idea to replace the oil filter every time you replace the oil. The most challenging part is finding where the oil filter is located and removing it. Once complete, prepare and install the new oil filter.
6. Add New Oil
With the new oil filter in place and the oil cap back on, it is time for you to add new oil to your car. Fill it up to the recommended level and then secure the cap back on the top.
7. Start Engine And Run
With everything else said and done, start your car engine and take your car for a ride. If you missed the entry when adding new oil, then the oil on the engine may burn for a little bit releasing an odor.