How to Perform a Home Oil Change

Oil Change

We all know oil changes can sometimes be a boring experience to sit through.

You have to patiently wait in the lobby for the announcement your vehicle is ready and sometimes you may even think you’d be better off doing it yourself, but we’re betting that once you discover all the work required to change your own oil, most people will decide to continue having a professional service their vehicle.

Before you start thinking about actually changing your oil, the first thing you need to do is check the owner’s manual to find the specific type of oil your vehicle requires, the quantity of oil it needs, and then also check the manual to find out if the American Petroleum Institute or the International Lubricant Standardization Approval Committee requires any other specifications for your automobile, like specialized oil.

According to, items you will need to complete your oil change are a new oil filter, an oil-filter removal wrench, a wrench to remove the drain plug, funnel, jack stand, drain pan, clothes that you don’t care about getting dirty, and of course, your oil.

When you are ready to start, make sure your engine and oil are warm, but not scolding hot—so let your engine warm up for a little bit then let it sit for while to cool down. Raise up your car with a quality jack to give yourself room to work.

Next up on our list of things to do is place your drain pan underneath your drain plug; the oil will shoot out at an angle, so position your drain pan accordingly.

Take the drain cap off the top of your engine so the oil will drain easier, then remove the drain plug with your wrench gently because once you remove the plug, warm oil will start coming out rapidly. Clean the drain plug while your oil drains and firmly reattach the plug once the last of the oil is finished draining. Be careful not to strip the plug by over-tightening it.

Now it’s time to take off the oil filter. Use a wrench just to get it loose, and then use your hand to do the rest of the work. Clean the spot area where you removed the oil filter, add a little bit of oil around the o-ring of your new oil filter, and then attach it to the vehicle. Be careful not to over-tighten the filter.

Now you can add the new oil to the vehicle. After that, start your engine up to let it circulate a little bit and then check underneath your vehicle to make sure there are no leaks.

Sounds simple, right?

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