DISCLAIMER- Incorrect oil and parts may lead to engine damage or failure. Please refer to the car’s maintenance manual for proper materials. Dispose of all hazardous materials at your local recycling center. Please review steps before beginning to ensure understanding. If there is doubt of the procedure seek guidance before beginning.

INTRODUCTION: This instructable will guide a person in changing oil for their vehicles. Changing oil in a vehicle can be easy and great way to save money. The required materials can be purchased at most automotive stores. Purchasing the materials at automotive stores will be much cheaper than at the dealership.


1. Filter element (Refer to maintenance manual)

2. Waste oil container

3. Funnel

4. Rags wiping

5. Lubricating oil (Refer to maintenance manual)


1. Torque wrench ½ inch drive 0-100 FT LB.

2. Wrench set, socket ½ inch drive 7/16” to 1-1/4” 20PC

3. Wrench set, socket Metric 9-19mm

4. Strap Wrench

5. Goggles

6. Gloves chemical

Step 1:

Put on goggles.

Use wiping rags to remove any contaminants from the oil fill cap, drain plug and dipstick.

Remove oil fill cap.

Step 2:

Place container under the oil pan.

Use wrench to loosen lube oil drain plug.

Slowly remove the oil drain plug by hand allow oil to drain to waste container.

Use rag to clean area around plug.

Step 3:

Inspect plug and plug seal for any damage.

Reinstall plug after oil has completely drained.

Step 4:

Place container under oil filter.

Use clean rags to wipe contaminants from around filter.

Attempt to remove filter by hand. If filter cannot be removed by hand use a strap wrench. Be careful not to damage the filter housing.

Step 5:

Put a light film of oil on the new filter gasket.

Install new filter on filter housing. Once contact has been made turn filter an additional ½ to ¾ turn.

Step 6:

Fill engine with new oil. Fill until new oil level is in the normal mark on the dipstick.

Once appropriate level is achieved then reinstall lube oil cap.

Regular oil changes will keep your engine clean and improve performance.

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    6 years ago

    Waste/ used motor oil is sought after by backyard metalcasters to fuel their furnaces. Don't think it goes out the pot as thick black smoke, these practitioners are very scrupulous about a clean burn for maximum efficiency and no residue in their furnace. If a connection with one can be made, you'll even be given containers to hold the waste oil in for pickup.


    6 years ago

    Thank you for posting yor ible. nice pictures. I hope you don't mind if I add my 2 cents:
    Oil should be changed when it's hot. When oil is hot (or fairly warm) it's viscosity changes quite a bit and it flows like water. When oil is cold it flows more like thick salad dressing.
    There are several advantages to changing the oil when it's pretty warm. It will gush out of the engine quicker thereby bringing with it any fine small particulates that may be in the oil pan. The other advantage is you won't have to wait 30 minutes for it to fully drain out.
    There are a couple cautionary notes about hot oil though. #1 IT CAN BURN YOU! #2 Because it has a thinner viscosity, when it gushes out of the engine it can splash and splatter. This can lead back to Caution #1 and make a mess.
    So choose your temperature wisely. Plan your job and actions.
    I use Leather gloves as they offer better hot oil protection. The Material Safety Data Sheets for most motor oils rate the health hazard as 0 (0 being the lowest risk out of 0-4).

    Ok that was way more than 2 cents... more like a couple dollars. :)

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    Thanks for sharing. This is one of those life skills that everyone should know how to do.