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The smell of gasoline and oil bring me back to childhood. That may seem strange to someone whose father wasn’t a mechanic, but those are my scents.
I was taken back to those days recently when our van broke down and hubby was fixing it in the driveway. Something else dawned on me while he was under the hood. I never bothered to learn how to change oil in my vehicle.
DIY OIL CHANGE KIT
Growing up with a mechanic father and now living with a frugal husband, I’ve become a firm believer in changing the oil in your vehicle at home. I learned that it’s really quite easy, and it’s one of those great life skills, like changing a tire, that we should know.
Speaking of, learning to change a tire is next on my list! For now, I will enjoy my satisfaction with knowing I can change my own oil. You can too! All you need are a few items, about an hour, and confidence.
Here are the items your DIY OIL Change Kit needs so you can change your oil at at home:
- Oil Drip Pan: To catch the old oil you drain out of your vehicle. There are several styles and sizes available as well.
- Funnel: This will help you pour new oil in easier.
- Socket Wrench or Oil Filter Wrench: Either worked in our case and we had plenty of socket wrenches laying around.
- Gloves: You can pick up disposable gloves, or borrow a pair of your hubby’s like I did!
- Oil Filter: Refer to your owners manual for the oil filter that is right for your vehicle.
- Oil – Before grabbing oil, double check your owner’s manual for the oil your vehicle needs. We grabbed Pennzoil Platinum Synthetic Motor Oil for this oil change. Why? It’s a high-quality motor oil that is specifically designed to give your engine complete protection.
You can find Pennzoil Platinum Synthetic Motor Oil at Walmart, AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, O’Reilly’s or Pep Boys. I actually picked some up at both Walmart and O’Reilly’s. Hubby grabbed a big jug at O’Reilly’s because it had a rebate on it!
Having all the items needed for an oil change at home is half the battle. The other half is knowing how to do it. Below are the basic steps to changing oil in a vehicle, but…
“Please use standard safety procedures when changing your oil. You should always refer to your own car’s manual before changing your oil.”
Step 1: Safety
Before working on your vehicle you want to jack it up and secure it so you are safe underneath. You can do this with jacks or ramps, and we had a rock behind the rear tires already, with the work hubby was doing.
Step 2: Drain the Oil
Position the oil drip pan underneath the car, where you are draining the oil. Using the socket wrench or oil filter wrench, remove the cap so the oil can drain out.
Step 3: Change the Filter
Once the oil is drained, you can change the filter. Oil filter location varies by vehicle so you will need to reference your owner’s manual. I was surprised to learn that it screwed right in – I was under the impression it was way harder than that, and required a ton of nuts and bolts. Nope.
Step 4: Add New Oil
When the new oil filter is in place, use your funnel to add new oil. Don’t let you oil excel at just one thing. Go with an oil that delivers complete protection to your engine like Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic motor oil.
With hubby commuting over an hour a day to work, I love that we are getting better fuel economy with Pennzoil oil. With Platinum Full Synthetic motor oil he can drive a extra 550 miles per year on average, versus a dirty engine.
Step 5: Dispose or Recycle Old Oil
Pour the old oil in the oil container and dispose of properly or recycle at a center in town.
What did I tell ya? With the right tools and knowledge you can easily change your vehicle’s oil at home!
When it comes to motor oil, no other leading motor oil provides better protection from friction like Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor oil does. The next time you change your oil, do your care a favor and give it excellent performance with Pennzoil!
Do you change your oil at home?