How to Change Your Oil

Changing your engine oil is a pretty simple car maintenance procedure, and doing it yourself at home can save you some money. Follow these easy steps to changing your car's oil and you'll have it done in no time: 

1.   Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary tools, including a socket wrench to remove the drain plug, an oil filter wrench, a drain pan, a funnel, latex gloves, and a car jack. You'll also need new oil and a new filter. Make sure the oil you buy is the right kind for your car by consulting your owner's manual first.

2.   You'll want to make sure your car is warm but not too hot when you start to change the oil. Let the car idle for a while and then turn it off. You don't want it to be cold, but if it's too hot you'll burn yourself.

3.   Apply the parking brake, put blocks by your wheels, and jack up the vehicle if you need to. Make sure it's a strong one since you'll be climbing under the car. Then put the drain pan underneath the engine to catch the oil.

4.   Remove the oil cap from the engine under your hood, then find the oil pan under your car, which is a flat metal pan near the transmission, and remove the engine drain plug from it. You'll have to wait a bit for the oil to drain from the car.

5.   When it stops, replace the plug and put a new washer and gasket on it. Find the filter assembly and unscrew the filter, placing the drain pan underneath. Lubricate the new filter with the new oil and place it in the filter assembly.

6.   Once everything is reassembled, add new oil using a filter and put the oil cap back on.

If this process seems too overwhelming, then stop by one of our convenient Shults Auto Group service centers and let our expert mechanics take care of it for you. Simply fill visit our service locations page to find a service center near you, give them a call, or head over to the specific dealership's website you want to fill out a form. Thanks for choosing Shults Auto Group!