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When I was living in the city, I regularly used one of the speedy oil change services; now that I’m living out in the country, I no longer have that luxury. I would have to take my car to a local service station and drop it off. I don’t have the time or patience for that, and I certainly don’t like spending the extra money. It’s easier to just purchase the supplies and to change it ourselves here on the farm. I can purchase the Pennzoil Platinum full synthetic motor oil 5W-30 (which is appropriate for my car) and the correct replacement oil filter while I’m shopping for other things at our local Walmart. It takes less than 30 minutes to change it here, when it takes nearly 30 minutes just to drive into town and back. Today I’m sharing how to perform a DIY oil change.
It actually might take you a little longer if you have an eager little helper like we do. We don’t mind him being in the garage, and it’s a good time to talk about safety in the garage and teach him some basic car maintenance. His favorite garage “tool” is the creeper (as seen below).
- Please use standard safety procedures when changing your oil. You should always refer to your own car’s manual before changing your oil.
Here are the supplies you’re going to need:
- Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil in the appropriate weight and grade for your vehicle.
- Appropriate size replacement oil filter
- Large drain pan
- Ramp and/or car jack stand
- Oil filter wrench
- Wrench to fit the drain plug
*You should wear protective eyewear and gloves while changing your oil
- Park your vehicle on a level surface and engage emergency brake if you’re using a jack.
- Use a ramp or car jack with stands to elevate the front of the vehicle. If using ramps, engage the parking break once the vehicle is elevated. Brace the wheels for added protection.
- Check the owner’s manual to learn what type of oil is recommended for your vehicle and what size oil filter that it uses.
- Find the drain plug under your vehicle. Position your drain pan under the drain plug to catch the oil before you remove the drain plug. Use your wrench to loosen the drain plug, and remove it by hand. Please use caution because this may be hot.
- Using your filter wrench, remove the old oil filter. Again, please use caution because the oil filter may be heavy and hot.
- Wipe fresh oil around the edge of the oil filter to help seal it. Wipe the ring where you will seat your new filter. Screw on the new filter.
- Clean the drain plug, and replace it.
- Check the owner’s manual to find out how much oil is recommended for your vehicle. Using a funnel, add the fresh Pennzoil Platinum full synthetic motor oil.
- Check the dipstick to measure engine oil levels. If the dipstick measures at correct levels, start the car and allow it to run briefly.
- Check for an oil leaks and recheck the dipstick after the car is running.
- Dispose of the old motor oil in a safe manner. Many locations will recycle used motor oil, and it should never be dumped out into the environment.
Pennzoil Platinum is a full synthetic high quality motor oil; it has been designed to help protect your engine mile after mile. Regularly changing your oil can help provide better fuel economy and that helps save you money. It can help protect your engine from loss of power by delivering horsepower protection.
DIY oil change tip- Take a photo of the motor oil, oil filter size, and vehicle mileage during your latest oil change and store it in an album on your phone to make it easier to locate later.
Pennzoil Platium is available for purchase from your local Walmart.
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