Oil changes are one of the most important parts of regular car maintenance. Fortunately, they’re also a pretty manageable DIY car project. Follow these steps from Dan Edmunds, of Edmunds.com, and learn how to change your oil yourself.
Oil changes work best when the oil is slightly warm, but not hot. Start your car and let it run for a few minutes, and then turn it off. While it’s cooling, jack up your car for better access. Gather supplies, as well as the new oil and oil filter, both of which you can find at JBA Mitsubishi or at a local automotive parts store.
Drain the Oil
Pop open the hood and remove the oil cap. This will allow the oil to drain more neatly. Put on a pair of latex gloves, and locate the oil drain plug. Place your drain pan beneath the drain plug, but be prepared to adjust as the oil will drain at an angle. Use a wrench to remove the plug and let the oil drain. While the oil is draining, you can wipe the drain plug clean if needed.
Change the Filter
Once you’ve replaced the drain plug, reposition the drain pan so that it’s under the oil filter. When you remove the filter, you’re likely to make a bit of a mess and that’s ok. Hold the filter over the pan to drain it, then take a rag and wipe the filter sealing surface clean. Before installing the new filter, take a dab of fresh oil and smear it around the new filter’s ring.
Add New Oil
Now that the filter has been replaced, it’s time to add the new oil. Add the type and the amount of oil recommended by your owner’s manual. Once it’s in, lower your car, check the levels, start it up, and enjoy your accomplishment.