When we talk about the vehicle, the engines’ value is like a heart or spinal cord of the car and changing your engines' oil will allow the cars’ engine to run flawlessly and the car will perform well. Depending on your driving style and your vehicle type, it is recommended that you change your car's oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles. Luckily, it is relatively cheap and simple to do yourself. And if you find changing the motor oil complicated then have a professional car repair mechanic to change it for you. This is an essential part of your car care process and a professional can examine if the oil needs to be changed or can last a bit longer. Following the guidelines here will help you to change the oil step by step yourself with ease, appropriately. You may find it much more useful to follow the guidelines provided in your owners’ manual, for your specific model of car.


Step one: Get all the necessary equipment

First, you will need to get together all of the necessary supplies. Having all equipment nearby is helpful because you will be working under the car. It would be a hassle to come out from under the car each time you need a different tool or other supply. So, get everything together ahead of time and have them placed near the working area, within your reach. You will need to have, nearby your workspace:

  • Things to keep nearby before changing the oil
  • rags or towels
  • a jack for your car
  • a container to catch the old oil in
  • a new drain plug or oil pan gasket
  • new quarts of appropriate grade and weight motor oil

Step Two: Open the oil filter cap

Lift The Car Up

Open your car hood and open the oil filter cap (consult your owners’ manual if you cannot locate it, though it is generally found on the top of the engine) by opening the oil filter cap will let the oil to drain out much easier.

Step Three: Lift the car up and open drain plug

Now you will need to go under the car and use a car jack to raise the car a few inches.

Using the owners’ manual, find the oil pan and then locate the drain plug on the pan. Keep a bucket or other container nearby for the oil to drain out into. Open the drain plug with the appropriate wrench size. When you open the drain plug there you will also find a round piece of paper or other material. This is the drain plug gasket and it should be replaced while you are changing your car oil, also.

Step Four: Drain out the oil and replace 

Once you have replaced the drain plug gasket and caught all of the old oil in the container, (allow the oil to drain for several minutes to ensure that all of the old oil has drained out) now you can replace the drain plug.

Changing The Oil

Step Five: Add new oil and replace the oil cap

Finally, you can come out from under your car and fill the new oil. The amount required varies from car to car so check your owners’ manual prior to adding the oil. From the oil cap on top of the engine, using a funnel, begin adding quarts of oil until your oil is filled with the precise amount required for your specific make and model of car. Replace the Oil cap. Start the car engine; put the car's emergency brake on for safety. Now go underneath the car once more and check if there are any visible leaks around the drain plug. If you notice leaks, you may need to tighten the drain plug. If you can not contain the leaking, it may be best to take your car to a local car repair shop and have the professional mechanics there fix the leak. If there are no leaks then allow your car to run for a few minutes and check once again, for extra assurance.

About the author


Hello, My name is Andrew David, a passionate car lover, and enthusiast.
I am not so called expert but love to share my experiences and knowledge regarding the car and motor parts for all vehicles.