As a car owner, one of the simplest car maintenance works that you should know-how is changing oil. Learning to do it yourself can save you a few bucks every now and then. It is an easy-to-do-job and requires few tools to complete.

Want to learn changing your oil now? Here are the steps.

Warm Your Engine Up

Turn on your engine and let it run for two to three minutes. If it is starting to get hot, turn it off. You just need to turn it on to smoothen the flow of the engine.
As you wait for your engine to warm up, prepare what you need. Jumpstart a battery

Preparing What You Need

You should have clean rags, safety goggles, wrench, rubber mallet, container (for used oil), a fresh set of engine oil, oil filter, and a gasket (oil filter). Before buying a filter and gasket, make sure to check your car’s manual and follow your car manufacturer’s recommendation when it comes to these products.

Find the Drain Plug

To find the drain plug, you must crawl under your car (use a mat to lie down with) or use a jack to push your car up (as if you are replacing a tire). That large nut-looking thing that is the drain plug. Newer car versions come with an undercover (for economic and environmental reasons). Other car manufacturers have a labeled hatch for their drain plug.

Once you found your drain plug, place the container (drain pan) under it. Unscrew the drain plug and remove the cap. Some cars have a separate filter and drain plug. Whether they come together or separately, always work with the drain plug first. Drain the oil then remove the filter afterward.

Replacing the Filter

Provided that you completely drain the oil and the filter has been removed, pick your new filter and insert it where the old filter was. Tighten it up and use a screwdriver if you can’t tighten it with your hands.

Refilling the Engine

Using a funnel, pour the new oil into the filler hole. Do it slowly. Place the filler cap and tighten it. Use your clean rag to check for oil spills after tightening the cap.

Start your engine for a minute. This will help the oil to settle down. After 5 to 10 minutes, turn on your engine again then check your car’s oil level. You can continue adding oil until it reaches its full capacity based on your dipstick.
Before adding oil, make sure to run your engine twice (once for a minute and once for 5-10 minutes to check its oil level).

Safety Tips When Changing Oil

  1. Always warm up your engine before changing oil.
  2. For your drain plug, use its matching box-end wrench and not just any adjustable wrench to avoid damaging the drain plug cap.
  3. Use jack stands and never work under your car with a jack alone. It is for your safety.
  4. Always use new oil to coat your filter before spinning it.
  5. Wear gloves and eye protection shield-like goggles.

There you go, now you can replace your car’s oil anytime, anywhere without compromising your car and your safety.