If you’re the adventurous DIY-er type, you may be wondering how easy and cost-effective it is to change your own oil.
Generally, once you get the required steps down, putting new oil in your car can be a fairly painless process. Changing your own oil can also save money each time.
However, you want to make sure you’re doing it correctly so that you don’t end up with a costly mistake.
Tip #1: Get the Right Filter and Oil
First, you’ll want to make sure to check the vehicle owner’s manual to see what type of filter and oil are recommended for your specific make and model. Some oil filters are only made to last for 3,000 miles while others are good for up to 6,000 miles, so depending on how often your particular car needs an oil change will determine what kind of filter you’ll need to buy.
There’s also a wide range of quality when it comes to filters, as this article from The Family Handyman explains:
There’s a huge difference between an economy filter and a top-of-the-line version. But there’s only a small difference in price. If you use conventional oil and diligently change it every 3,000 miles, you can get by with the economy filter. But if you regularly “forget” and go beyond that mileage or use long-mileage synthetic blends or full synthetic, spend the extra bucks on a better filter.
Tip #2: Gather All Required Tools and Supplies
Next, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need before you start. In addition to the filter and oil, you’ll need to find out if your car requires a new oil filter gasket every time the oil is changed.
The tools you’ll need include: a wrench set, a funnel, an oil drain pan and car jacks (if the vehicle needs to be lifted). Some other recommended supplies are latex gloves, rags and safety glasses.
You’ll also want to make sure you dispose of the old oil properly at a recycling center and clean up any spilled oil around your work area.
To find out more about why oil changes are so critical to the health of your car, read: The Importance of Regular Oil Changes.
If you’d rather leave your auto oil change to a professional, bring your car down to Bryant Motors. Our ASE-certified technicians can quickly perform a full service oil change, with a full vehicle inspection at no extra charge.