How to do a DIY Oil Change

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Changing oil is something all car owners have to do at some point. The recommended amount of time between oil changes is three months, but don’t we all procrastinate on getting things done from time to time? Plus, taking your car in to get serviced takes money. If you want to save yourself a bit of cash, you can easily change your oil at home. Here’s the step-by-step process for a DIY oil change!

You’ll need an oil filter, oil (check the owner’s manual for what kind), a ramp or jack stand, a large drain pan, and things like rags and gloves to help with the mess.

Let your vehicle cool off before starting this process so you don’t burn yourself. After that’s done, pop open the hood to the engine and unscrew the oil cap. This helps prevent a vacuum from forming as you’re draining the old oil so that it drains faster. Ramps are a safer method of elevating your vehicle than jacks, but a jack stand will do. Raise the vehicle, place the drain pan underneath the oil drain, and pull off the drain plug.

Loosen the oil filter while the oil is draining and replace it with the new oil filter. After the oil is drained, simply put the plug back on and put the proper amount of new oil into the engine before putting the oil cap back on. Then, you’re done. Performing a DIY oil change is easy, takes less than an hour, and saves you a lot of money in the long run.

Bill Demarest

Bill works at DeLillo Chevrolet in Huntington Beach, CA. He has been at the dealership and in the Huntington Beach area for 35 years and is looking forward to sharing his vast automotive experience. Bill has a wife, two daughters, four grand kids and two great-grand kids. He loves the community and the weather!

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