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Oil changes are one of the more tedious parts of owning a car. You need to keep an eye on your oil levels and then when they get too low, check the Walmart oil change prices, go to your local garage, or get your partner to change it for you. Well, actually… changing your own oil is a useful skill to learn that not many women do, despite it being an easy task!
We live in a man’s world. Who am I kidding? Women run this… (Oops, that was close. I almost said a bad word) But seriously, who says that men can only do handy work? I know how to mow the grass and so have I. I know how to change a tire and I now know how to change my own oil. Why must all things be left up to a man? Although I much rather be able to say “Jared, go do this” I want him to know it’s not because he is a man that I ask him to do things because after all I too know how to do things. So from now on when I tell him to do something I much rather he says “why me? You know how to do it” and I’d be happy to reply “because I said so!” or “because I’m lazy, and I said so.”
So for all you women out there who don’t know how to change your own oil, I’m here to show you how and you should give it a try. Trust me it sure feels good to be able to say that I DO know how to change my own oil.
The first thing you need to do is head to Walmart.com and buy your oil. For us, we use Pennzoil 5w30 Platinum High Mileage Motor oil. I also bought the 5 qt. I love that I can shop online and either pick it up in store or have it delivered straight to my house. AMAZING!!!
We use Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage because it helps to reduce leaks and oil consumption for vehicles with higher mileage engine (I.E. my car) It’s also specifically designed for new or late model vehicles and helps keep the engines running clean.
You have now received your Pennzoil and it’s time to get to work. You see me looking under the car to figure out just what I’m looking at.
If you couldn’t tell, I needed a little more space. We used these ramps, but you can also use jacks.
This picture shows you what you are looking for. The big circle is the oil filter, and the small circle is the cap that you will be removing to drain the oil out. First, you will be taking off the smaller screw and draining the oil. Next, you will be taking off the oil filter and be replacing it with a new one. Make sure you have a spill kit on hand (spill kits with STOREMASTA are a good option), just in case any of the oil leaks onto your driveway. Not only will spilt oil stain your drive if you don’t clean it up fast, it’s also illegal to let oil run into the natural environment, so you need to be prepared.
As you can tell, I was quite excited that I was able to do this by myself!
While you are waiting for the oil to drain, you will need to clean the screw. At the tip of the screw, there is a magnet that collects loose magnetic pieces.
Now it’s time to remove the oil filter and to do this you use this tool. An oil filter wrench. I had never seen one before, but it’s pretty neat. After you have replaced the oil filter you are done under the car. It’s time to replace the oil that you have now drained.
If you’re not too sure where to put the new Pennzoil. Check out the picture above. 🙂
Take your Pennzoil and start to pour. Pour slow but make sure you empty all your oil.
Last but not least it’s now time to check your oil and make sure that you have put enough into the engine. Time to jump for joy because you have now changed your own oil. Congratulations.
Do you change your own oil or do you have it done for you? I’d love to hear more…