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  1. First off, determine if changing oil in your vehicles is something that you really want to do if you have never done so before. There are some up-front expenses that must be considered to perform the work safely and you must have a location to perform the work too. To purchase the tools required and perform only a single oil change would not be very economical. But, changing oil over the life of each vehicle will average the cost of the tools so they end up being very inexpensive.

    So, if you are ready to go the very first step is gather up the list of the materials listed. Make sure you get the correct filter and oil for your vehicle. You can normally get this information from your owners manual, online sources or the local auto parts store.
  2. Step 2 Select a level location to perform your work. Using either the ramps or a jack, elevate the car to a position that allows you access to the engine area. Make sure the car is secure by setting the parking brake and set jack stands in place if you jacked the car up. Open the hood of the car, locate and remove the dipstick and oil filler cap. Wipe off any oil on each item and place it to the side.
  3. Step 3 Move underneath the vehicle and locate the oil drain plug on the engine oil pan. With your drain pan located directly below the plug, remove the oil drain plug. If the engine is warm, the oil will be too - do not change oil on a hot engine, wait until it cools some, but not cold either. Warm oil will drain better.
  4. Step 4 The oil will take roughly 5-10 minutes to completely drain, once it becomes a drip, replace the drain plug and tighten it securely. Do not overtighten it as you may strip the threads. Now, locate the oil filter and placing the drain pan beneath it, remove the filter with your filter wrench. Some oil will start to drain out as you remove the filter. With the filter out, allow any remaining oil to drain, then wipe the mount making sure that there is no rubber gasket left in place as sometimes the gasket will stick to the mount. (new filter has a new gasket on top of it) Now, lubricate the new filter gasket with a touch of oil and then spin it onto the mount to hand tight. Using your filter wrench, give it about a 1/2- 1 turn more.
  5. Step 5 Back to the top of the engine, pour your fresh oil into the oil fill and once you have completed that, replace your dipstick. Start the engine and allow it to idle. Check for any oil leaks by looking under the engine area, but do not go underneath the car with it running. Everything should be good and you can now lower the car to the ground.
  6. Step 6 Your last step is to recycle your used oil and filter. Place the used oil in your disposal can and also drain as much oil from the filter as possible. Place the used filter in a plastic grocery bag and take both back to the auto parts store or your local recycling center for proper disposal.
    The normal cost of 5 quarts of oil and an oil filter runs about $15 which saves you 50%-70% of what a quick change oil station would charge you. You may wish to also consider using synthetic oil in the future which will allow you to extend your oil change intervals and reduce our dependence on fossil oil.

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You'll need an oil filter wrench, to fit your oil filter, or some strong hands, LOL. A few metric wrenches, some drain plugs are 14mm-17mm and a drain pan

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