A penny saved diy oil change

A Penny Saved, DIY Oil Change

Money is tight all around these days. Some folks are wanting to save money wherever possible. One possible way it to learn to change your own oil. Her are some easy instructions for a DIY oil change.
Gather all of the needed tools and supplies. Included in tools are a filter wrench, an adjustable wrench and an oil collection pan. One that allows you to seal the oil inside and take it to recycle is a nice feature. In addition you will need the correct amount and weight of motor oil, the right oil filter and possibly an oil plug gasket. The people behind the counter at a good auto supply store can help you to get the correct tools and supplies.
The job is easier done if you have drive up ramps or jack stands. These tools allow you to work safely under your vehicle. Once you have your vehicle secured on the ramps or jack stands under the axle of your vehicle, you are ready to start the oil change.
Sit the oil collection pan under the oil plug in the bottom of the oil pan under your car. Use your adjustable wrench to remove the oil plug. Move the collection pan as necessary to collect the used oil.
Remove the oil filter. You may need to use the filter wrench. Allow the oil to drain out of the filter into the collection pan.
Pour a few drops of clean motor oil onto the rubber gasket of the new filter. This filter should screw back onto your vehicle. Do not over tighten the filter on the vehicle, follow the directions.
After the oil stops dripping, remove the collection pan from underneath the vehicle and seal to take for recycling. Inspect the oil plug gasket and replace if necessary. Replace the oil plug into the oil pan.
Fill the crankcase with using the recommended type and weight of oil. Do not over fill the crankcase. Start the vehicle and check for leaks. The oil pressure light may stay on for about a minute, but should go off after that. If it does not go off turn off your engine. After the light goes off, check for leaks and tighten parts as necessary. Remove your vehicle from the ramps or jack stands.
Park your vehicle on level ground and turn off the ignition. Give the oil some time to drain back into the oil pan and check, using the dipstick, the level of oil in the engine. If it is low, add enough to bring it to the full level.
While under the hood, be sure that you check other fluid levels as well. If anything is low, bring it back to the full level using the approved fluids for your vehicle. If winter is approaching check to see that you have the correct concentration of coolant in the engine to protect from freezing.
It is as simple as that to DIY oil change and save money. Change your oil as often as recommended in the owners mamual.

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