Learning how to make a quick oil change to your own car, it’s one of the most basic knowledge to acquire, especially if you are a fanatic about any type of vehicle. You don’t need a lot of tools and it doesn’t take a lot of time. So, take a deep breath, and let’s start.
The whole process will take you at least 30 minutes to one hour to make a quick oil change. The tools required are as follows:
- Wrench to remove drain plug (box end or socket)
- Oil filter wrench
- Oil drain pan
- Some cardboard or old newspaper
- Jack and jack stands or ramps (optional, depends on ground clearance)
- Oil filter
- Replacement drain plug washer (depending on application)
Let’s go straight to it.
Quick Oil Change : Easy Steps
1. Buy the right oil and oil filter.
You can find some good deals on Amazon or your local auto parts store. But, take into consideration that your attempt for saving money, it can backfire. Most of the economic oil filter kits are made for 3,000 miles. If you know your next oil change will happen longer than 3,000 miles, we recommend you to invest a little more.
NOTE: Remember to buy the right type of oil, specifically for your car. Not all vehicles use the same oil. Read your car’s manufacturer manuals before doing the oil change.
2. Take out the oil plug.
Place some old newspaper or cardboard or plastic sheet on the floor to avoid any leaking from stain it. For this step, it’s necessary to jack up the car. We recommend you to use a couple of plywood squares under the jack, just to add more support and avoid accidents. Put a drain pan under the oil plug, but not right under, the angle may cause it to fall in another direction, you will have to observe and determine the right spot. Time to get messy.
With a wrench, unscrew the plug and pull it out fast, take it away from the oil stream.The magic of a wrench is that you can use both sides to your favor, the hex end can help you with the drain plug.
3. Drain the oil plug.
Hopefully, the last step went well and you didn’t end with oil splashing everywhere and it’s all falling down correctly. Now you have to wait. This is the most boring part, you have to wait until the remaining oil falls into the drain pan. A good tip for this step is to remove the oil filler cap. You will notice that the oil will flow out more smoothly and quickly without it.
When the oil stream stops running down, you can put the oil plug back in, make sure to tighten very well.
4. Replace the oil filter.
The next step is to remove and replace the oil filter. Usually, the new filters that are correctly installed, don’t go super tight. But when you want to remove them, it gets hard to get off, this is because the sealing gasket swells over time.
This step can also get messy, so be sure to place the drain pan under it, and be careful to not drop the filter into it. Hold the filter over the pan to drain it. Grab a cloth or rag and clean carefully the remains of the oil, especially on the filter sealing surface.
NOTE: Pay attention that the filter’s O-ring came out too, it might be stuck at the filter sealing surface. It’s very rare that can happen, but just in case because if you place another O-ring, the filter won’t seal, making the new oil to pump out and affect the engine.
It’s time to replace it with a new filter, twist it gently until the O-ring makes contact with the sealing surface.
5. Put new oil
The last step should be adding the new oil, but first, please do a double check of all the steps, to make sure everything is where it’s supposed to be and that it’s correctly tightened.
Remember to verify the right amount of oil according to your car’s manufacturer manual. After you are done pouring the oil, it’s time to put back the oil cap and start the engine. Keep the car on for at least 30 seconds to make the new oil circulate. You can turn it off and check under it in case there was any leaking.
Now you can freely lower the car off the jack. Once the car is fully on the ground, don’t forget to check the oil level. If you added the recommended amount, it should be at the right level, but if you need to add more, do it.
6. Dispose of the old oil
Now you must be wondering what to do with the old oil, well, at most auto parts stores, can take it for free. But, if in your city or town they don’t offer that service, some local governments often have household hazardous waste drop-off points.
And you are done! The first time you do an oil change might seem complicated but after you do it a few more times, you will do it on record time. Mastering this kind of process will save you lots of money, but mostly, you will get to know your car in a more detailed way.