How to Change Your Oil

Introduction: How to Change Your Oil

Changing the oil of a car is a fairly simple process when directed correctly. I hope that you are able to easily follow the steps that I lay out for you.

Step 1: Step One

In order to easily change the oil of your car you first should drive the car around until it warms up or at least turn the car on for ten minutes. This way the oil will easily flow and make the entire process much easier for you.

Step 2: Step Two

At this point you should know where you will be changing your car's oil. It should be a flat surface either in your driveway or the street. If you can't fit under your car then you should use jacks or a ramp to prop your car up. Once your car is ready for you to work on you should turn off your car and put some cat litter under where you will be working in case oil spills.

Step 3: Step Three

Pop the hood of your car and open oil filler cap (where you place the new oil) so that the oil can flow more easily. Now consult your owner's manual for the specific location of your car's oil drain plug. It's usually towards the front of the car. Place the pan that you will use to catch the old oil, under where the oil will come out. The pan should be fairly large in case you messed up and the oil overshot. It usually comes out at an angle. One you have found the oil drain plug, use a wrench to turn it and take it off. Watch out, the oil will still be hot!

Step 4: Step Four

For this step you have to get the oil filter. First you have to place the oil filler cap back on. It's not supposed to be tight, so don't let it. It just has to stay on. Now locate the filter. You should have purchased a new filter so look for something that looks like that. You should consult your owners manual for where this is too because it can be different on different cars. Make sure that if some more oil comes out with the filter you get it all in the pan with the rest of the oil. An important aspect not to over look here is to make sure the old rubber seal is taken off so that the new filter can properly seal. New take some new oil and lightly rub it on the new rubber seal of the new filter. You can do this with either your finger or a q-tip if you don't want oil on you.

Step 5: Step Five

Putting the new filter in is the next step. You don't need any tools for this, just your fingers because this too doesn't have to be to tight.

Step 6: Step Six

Since you have already taken the oil filler cap off, you should place a funnel in it. Now pour the new oil into the funnel. Again, check your owner's manual to see how much oil you need. Once the oil has cooled you can check to see how much is in there. If you need more, pour it in. After you have placed the filler cap back on, turn your car on and check for leaks. Use an old rag to wipe away any oil and tighten anything that needs to be tightened.

Step 7: Last Step

Clean up can be more of a pain, but it's important just like the rest of the steps. Pour the oil into a plastic jug and either take it to a recycling center or the nearest garage. They should take care of it there.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed your own oil!

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    14 years ago

    This project looks awesome but there isn't enough documentation of you actually making it to be a full Instructable. There are two things which you could do. 1) If you happen to have images of you making your project you can create some more steps, add those additional photos into your Instructable and then republish your Instructable. 2) If you don't have any more pictures of you working on your project, that's ok too. That just means that your project is better suited to be submitted as a slideshow. Your images are already in your library, and you can use the same text that you have already written for your Instructable so it should only take a few minutes to create your slideshow and show the world what you made! Thanks for your submission and let me know if you have any questions along the way.


    14 years ago on Introduction

    One of those 'should be self explanatory' things, but you don't remind people to put the drain plug back in. _


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    oh so thats why i found loads of new oil on the floor...


    14 years ago on Introduction

    anyone who hasn't changed there oil before should: have a load of kitchen roll/rags on hand, no matter how careful you are it always trys to spill. beware the hot oil, engine only needs a couple of mins warming to reduce viscosity, try it after any longer and you risk burns. Gloves are handy, again its tricky not to spill. When removing the oil filter it will still be full of oil and generally mounts sideways, so as soon as you remove it there will be a spill, rags ready? Finally you may need more purchase to get the oil filter off, hands can sometimes shift 'em, in an ideal world we'd all have filter wrenches but if you have a new oil filter you may as well stab the old one with a screwdriver and twist it off that way (can be messy though). Similarly if the sump plug wont budge you're better off putting an old scaffold bar or pipe on your wrench than bashing it. You get more torque on it that way, bashing it risks shearing things and rounding nuts. A new copper washer should be fitted on replacing the sump plug, and the plug itself should be wiped as they often have a magnet to attract particles. Going under a manky car? looking upwards? WEAR GOGGLES, mud in the eye is never fun.