You can save a few dollars by changing the oil on your car yourself every few thousand miles. Here is a step-by-step guide to teach you how to change your car's engine oil.
1 – Park your car in a safe location out of the way of oncoming traffic, and use wheel ramps on the front wheels to elevate the front end of the car. Place blocks of wood under the rear wheels to prevent the car from rolling while it is being worked on.
2 – Turn the engine off and let the car sit for about an hour so the oil can cool down to. This will help ensure that you do not burn yourself.
3 – While you wait for the car's engine to cool, release the car's hood latch. Next, release the lock under the hood and use the built-in rod to prop up the hood.
4 – Underneath the hood, locate the oil cap on the engine and unscrew it. Keep the cap in a safe location as you will need it again once you complete this job.
5 – Slide under the front end of the car and place an oil pan under the oil plug. Take a wrench and unscrew the oil plug to allow the oil to flow out into the oil pan until it stops dripping. After the oil has been completely removed, take the wrench and screw the oil plug back on.
6 – Underneath the hood, locate the oil filter on the engine and unscrew it carefully to make sure that you don't spill any oil remaining in the filter. Take a new oil filter and with the tip of your finger lubricate the rim of the filter with a dab of fresh oil before screwing the new filter securely into place.
7 – Where you took off the oil cap under the hood, pour in a few quarts of fresh oil. Consult your owner's manual to see how much oil should be put into the engine and follow it to insert the appropriate amount of engine oil.
8 – After you have poured in the oil, screw back on the oil cap and put the hood back into the down position. You can remove the blocks of wood from under the rear tires, and then start the engine and reverse the car back down off the wheel ramps to complete the job.
If you notice your car operating strange after changing your oil, you should immediately take it to a professional auto repair shop like Dugan Oil and Tire to have it inspected. If you do not have the time to change your own oil you should have a professional mechanic change it for a modest fee.