Estimated time: 30 minutes to an hour
Car Jack or ramp to raise car
Crescent Wrench to remove bolts
A container to drain used oil
Towels, or rags of some sort (it can get messy...)
A funnel is useful, but not essential
Step 1: Identify Oil and Filter Required
Identify in your owners manual the viscosity (i.e the thickness or type e.g. 10W-30) and the amount of oil your car requires. The average price for one quart of oil is $2.50.
The type of oil filter you need can be found in either your owner's manual or your local auto parts store can direct you to the right type.
Step 2: Raise Your Car
CAUTION: It may be a good idea to have someone help you if you are using ramps--you don't want to drive off the front of them.
CAUTION!!!: Be very careful working on cars that are raised on a jack or ramps. Make sure that the parking brake is on, and that the car is secure.
Step 3: Drain the Oil
Locate oil plug at the bottom of the oil pan.
Place a container under the plug to catch the oil
Have some rags on hand, this is a messy step
Use the crescent wrench to remove the oil plug
Step 4: Remove Oil Filter
Locate the Oil Filter
While the oil is draining, locate the oil filter. If your car is front wheel drive, the oil filter will be on the front or back of the engine. If your car is rear wheel drive, it will be on either the left or the right side of the engine.
Remove the Oil Filter
Unscrew the oil filter from the side of the engine.