How to Do a DIY Oil Change

DIY Oil change - salem, OR

Need an oil change? You can save yourself a few bucks and do it yourself! You don’t have to be an expert on cars to perform your own DIY oil change.

Run your car engine for a few minutes to warm up the oil. This helps the oil flow faster. Also, before you remove the drain plug, unscrew the oil cap from under the hood of your car in order to prevent a vacuum from forming.

To prepare, use a jack to raise your vehicle enough to work underneath it and slide a drain pan underneath the oil plug. Make sure you’re wearing gloves to protect your hands and prevent a mess, then remove the plug with a socket wrench and allow the oil to drain.

You can then change the oil filter while you’re waiting for the oil to drain.

Once the oil has been drained, all you have to do is replace the drain plug before refilling it. Make sure you have the proper type of oil and amount as per your owner’s manual, and pour it into the oil cap before replacing it.

That’s all you have to do to perform a DIY oil change. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at Withnell Dodge.

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