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We are a family that always tries to save money. If we can do things for ourselves we just do. So when it’s time to give my son’s car an oil change we always change it here at the house. It’s not hard and in the time it takes us to get to the oil change place we’ve already changed it. So it’s a total win for us to do it ourself! Why not check out my video where you can learn how to change the oil in your car.
How to change your oil in your car
So here’s what you need to have on hand to begin your oil change:
fiber washer (for our particular car)
adjustable oil filter socket
oil drain pan
Here’s the steps to changing the oil in your car
Step one: put your parking brake on, put your jack under it and jack it up. Then add your jack stand. Put a couple of brick o blocks or something to prevent the tires from rolling in front of each tire too. Always be safe.
Step two: you can start your car and let it run for a minute or two to get the oil warm so it drains faster not necessary but sometimes helpful.
Step three: After the car is raised, slide under it and loosened the drain plug and then removed it to let the oil drain out into the drain pan.
Step four: Then we replaced the washer on the drain plug. Some you don’t have to replace so check your owners manual. Reinstall the drain plug and tightened it (not too tight and not too loose).
Step five: Loosen the oil filter and let it drain into the pan as well. After the oil has drained out then I take it out and flip the oil filter upside down and let it drain out of the old filter. Then you install the new filter. Take a little bit of new oil and lubricate the oil ring on the bottom of the oil filter. This way it doesn’t stick and it holds a good seal.
Step six: Remove the jack stand and lower the car back down. Then you put your new oil in your oil cap area. Ours calls for 4.5 quarts. On the cap is usually where you’ll find what weight oil you need. Start the car and let it run for a minute to make sure the oil gets distributed where it needs to be. Turn the car off and let it rest for two or three minutes. Let it sit so all the oil at the top of the engine can run down and get distributed to all the parts.
Step seven: Then check the oil level using the dipstick. You pull it out and there’s lines on it that tells you where the oil needs to be.
Step eight: Properly dispose of your oil and oil filter. You can usually take it back in your oil drain pan to wherever you bought it at. They will dispose of it properly for you. They’ll usually take your oil filter too. Car dealerships will take your old oil back and dispose of it for you too.
It’s such a good skill to teach your kids to do. You don’t have to pay for everything when you can do so many things for yourself. I bought our Pennzoil oil at Walmart online and had it shipped to my home. I love that they carry oil for high mileage cars like ours. The Pennzoil high mileage oil is for vehicles that have reached 75,000 miles. You know if you’re at that mileage then it’s time to make the switch to Pennzoil Platinum® High Mileage Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus® Technology for complete engine protection. PurePlus® Technology incorporates a revolutionary process that changes natural gas into pure synthetic base oil. By combining it with high performance additives means Pennzoil Platinum® High Mileage Full Synthetic Motor Oil has been proven to render less oil burn off than conventional motor oils made from crude oil. In addition Pennzoil Platinum® High Mileage helps to keep your pistons up to 20% cleaner than the strictest industry standards to help keep the engines smooth and the performance strong.
When you purchase your DIY Oil change items at Walmart you are also able to get the deal below! So get going and enter to win too.
- Receive $10 Ticketmaster Ticket Cash with Purchase- Just purchase any 2 qualifying Pennzoil Motor oil (in-store or online) & upload your receipt
- All entrants will also be entered into a sweepstakes to win tickets to a Guns N’ Roses concert as part of their “Not In This Lifetime” tour!
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