Time for an Oil Change
Self-Sufficiency and Saving Money
Now more than ever, people are learning ways to stretch a few bucks. One thing you can learn on your own is how to do your own oil change!
- First, let's look at what you will need:
- You need to know what type and how much oil you need. You can find this information in your owner’s manual! If you no longer have it, ask the internet, forums are a great place to learn more about your car.
- Oil filter! Most Honda vehicles take the same oil filter, although there are some variations. Check with your manual.
- While you’re at it, let’s get a brand-new crush washer for the oil drain plug! This will prevent leaking that you risk if you keep the same old washer on there.
- Next, you need your tools! A drain pan, large enough to catch all the old oil. An oil filter wrench, because that oil filter will more than likely have a very snug fit. A couple of shop towels or paper towels because this might get messy!
- A Jack and Jack stands, or a car ramp to elevate your car with enough space to work underneath it!
- Now let's get started.
- Assuming you already have your car elevated on a secure (and double-checked!) surface, first find the oil drain plug under your car. Safely remove it with the oil drain pan right underneath to catch.
- *tip!* do not do this after driving the car for a while. Leave the car off for 20-30 minutes to avoid burning yourself and making a mess!
- Let this sit while all the oil drains from your car.
- Time to replace the washer for the drain plug and secure the drain plug back in place.
- Next, locate your Oil Filter. We need to replace this one with a new filter! Tighten the new oil filter so it is snug and secure but do not go too far because you’ll risk cracking the filter or not being able to get it off next time.
- Now fill with your new oil! Wow, notice how clean and clear this new oil is?
- Once your car is safely on the ground again, turn your car on for just a few minutes. This disperses the oil throughout.
- Finally, turn the car off to check the oil level with the dipstick, as well as underneath the car to see if there are any leaks!
- Clean up! Please dispose of the old oil safely, check your local mechanic or auto parts store for details.
- Congratulations! You just changed your own oil and had fun with it too!
Click these links for everything you need to get started on your own!