Changing your motor oil is any easy way to save money and keep your vehicle in good condition. It is a simple process that does not require vast automobile knowledge by any means. Most auto-mechanics will tell you your oil should be changed every 3,000 miles or every 3 months, but most cars can last upwards of 5 or 6,000 miles between oil changes and some even more. Consult your owner’s manual before beginning to learn any specific requirements your vehicle may have.
Step 1: Determine Amount and Type of Oil Needed for Your Vehicle
NOTICE: Filling your engine with the incorrect type of oil will cause unwanted performance issues and/or expensive damage to your vehicle’s engine.
Before heading to your local auto-shop you must consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual in order to establish the size of your engine, type of oil, and the corresponding amount of oil required. Look for any notes on the viscosity of the oil as well as if your engine requires synthetic oil as well.
If a hard copy of the owner's manual is not present you should look to the manufacture's website for an electronic copy.