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In addition to being a total girl boss at work, I’d love say I’m a natural automotive dynamo as well. But the truth is, I managed to learn how to drive and maintain my car by doing the absolute minimum… and stayed that way until one summer day a few years ago. My dad had asked me the last time my car had an oil change… and well, I didn’t have an answer. Truth be told, I couldn’t even remember the last time I checked my oil. Doesn’t my car tell me when something is wrong? So since it’s still running like normal, all is well right? Um, no. Yeah, I know. It sounds so boring. But the fact is, oil is a necessary gear-greaser.
If you don’t properly maintain the oil in your car, the engine can overheat, give off an awful smell, and even blow up. So that summer my dad taught me a key lesson about being a total power chick and taught me how to not only check my oil but also how to change my oil. I don’t remember wearing stilettos but who’s to say I wasn’t? In efforts to encourage everyone to take on the challenge to changing their own oil, I want to share with you how to change your oil with or without stilettos on your feet!
Always check with your vehicles manufacturers for complete vehicle regulations concerning oil changes. As a disclaimer, this is not a complete guide, but the basics of what you need.
Tools you will need to change oil:
- oil filter wrench
- oil drain pan
- funnel (a water bottle can be used just cut the bottom to have your funnel hack)
- latex gloves
- jack and jack stands (ramps can be used as well but it is optional)
- Oil Filter
- Replacement drain Plug Washer
I turned to Walmart for all the things I needed to change the oil in my car. I use Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic High Mileage oil so I decided to order it online at Walmart.com and have it shipped directly to my house! Shopping online is so easy. Search, Find, Add To Cart, and Check Out! Then you have a few options as to how you want to get your items. Walmart has made significant improvements in their online shopping experience lately, and pickup options now include (1) delivery, (2) in-store pickup and (3) curbside pickup. It’s all about what works best for your lifestyle.
Step 1: Lift the car.
Raise your car to have a full access below it.
Step 2: Find the oil filter and drain plug.
Look for the oil filter and drain plug.
Step 3: Drain It (Use Drain Pan).
Place your drain pan and drain the oil once ready. You can also remove the oil filter while doing this.
Step 4: Change the oil filter.
Once oil has been taken out, tighten back the drain plug and secure your new oil filter.
Reminder: Keep in mind that you have to clean the oil filter area before putting the replacement and check the drain plug if it needs a drain plug washer replacement. Also, dab some oil on the o-ring of the new oil filter.
Step 5: Add Oil.
Add the new oil into the oil spout for your car. To avoid spills, use a funnel to make this easier. I use Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic High Mileage because my car has almost 80,000 miles on it now. When vehicles reach 75,000 miles, it’s time to make the switch to Pennzoil Platinum® High Mileage Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus® Technology for total engine protection.
Pennzoil Platinum® High Mileage Full Synthetic Motor Oil is proven to deliver less oil burn off than conventional motor oils made from crude oil. Additionally, Pennzoil Platinum® High Mileage keeps pistons up to 20% cleaner than the toughest industry standards to help keep the engines running clean and performing strong. All Pennzoil products help clean out sludge lesser oils leave behind! That's why I choose Pennzoil!
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Step 6: Start your car.
Start your car’s engine for about 30 seconds until the new oil has circulated. Lower the car from the jack stand and check the oil level. If the oil level is full, you're oil change is complete!