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DIY Oil Change: 5 Life-Saving Oil Changing Tips
DIY Oil Change. Yes, scratch this one off of my bucket list. Also, I can file this one under things I didn’t know and new discoveries. First, the thing I did not know it is possible to order motor oil online and have it delivered directly to my house. Second, I can save money by doing my own oil change, no quick-stop oil change shop for me this time. Growing up, my older brothers used to change the oil in their various incarnations of hot rods and what not. They even showed me how to do it, but somewhere along the way I never did it when I got my own car. Recently I have been looking for areas where we can save money and changing oil become an end goal. The process is straight forward. You check the odometer and record the mileage, then every 3,000 miles you change the oil. But first you got to get the oil, but where should you go to do that. O one of easiest ways to do so is to order your oil online at Walmart.com. And you also have the option of odering your oil online and then going to your local Walmart and pick it up what you need. With my busy schedule, I don’t have a lot of time to run to the store getting one item here and another someplace else. I got everything I needed for my DIY oil change in one place. I saved time and I saved money. And that is a win/win anyway you slice it. Ordering the Pennzoil Platinum High-Mileage 5-Quart from Walmart.com was the best way to go. Pennzoil makes the good stuff. Their oil protects your engine and keeps your pistons 40% cleaner than the industry standard. I ordered the Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage motor oil, this is the kind of oil that keeps on giving high performance, it is designed to engine cleanliness and offers the best all-around protection in the Pennzoil line-up.
In addition to saving yourself time by ordering the oil online, I have 5 Life-Saving Oil Changing Tips I want to share to help your DIY Oil change go smoothly.
Get to know your car before you start taking things apart. This is especially important for a first-time oil change. Use some time to take a look at where everything is on your car, and make sure you have the right tools on hand. If you have never changed the oil in a car before, it is a hands-on experience, so you’ll want to take some time to make sure you know where everything is before you begin. Laying things out in the order they will be used is a lot easier to pick up if you forget what step you are on.
Wear the right clothing and protection while changing your oil. Gloves, goggles, and old clothes are a must when you are changing the oil in your car. These may look silly, but the protection is well worth it when you can safely change your oil without any pain or frustration later.
- A pair of mechanics gloves will help keep your hands protected from the heat, and will also keep cleanup to a minimum.
- Wearing goggles or glasses protects your eyes from any splashes or splatters of oil.
- Old clothes and long sleeves protect your skin from grease residue and messes to clean up, as well as keeping your nicer clothing from being ruined.
Other tools you will need:
- Oil Filter Wrench. This tool will make the removal of your oil filter incredibly easy.
- Oil Pan. You are going to have to drain your old oil out and fill it pack up with new oil.
- Funnel. Using a funnel is a good idea because it gets the oil to where it is supposed to be, in the engine and not on the ground.
- Large drop cloth or rubber mat. Place the large drop cloth or rubber mat beneath the oil pan to prevent and reduce oil spills.
- Assorted rags are useful for checking the oil dipstick. Remove the dip stick, read it, wipe it clean and stick it back into the dip stick holder, pull it out again and re-read your oil level, then add oil as needed.
- A good jack or ramp will enable you to lift your vehicle, allowing easy access to the oil filter.
Make sure to dispose of the old oil in a proper waste area. Old oil shouldn’t be thrown out in your regular waste. Most areas have a special drop-off point for oil and oil filters. Check with your city or county sanitation department to find out the safe place to dispose of this without causing environmental issues or potential fires.
Place a plastic mat under the drip pan. Even though you will be draining the oil into a pan or bucket, splashes and splatters can easily get onto the ground and you. A piece of plastic or an old cloth underneath the drip pan will keep the area clean, and make it easy to clean up after you are done. This will keep those nasty oil spots off of your driveway. If you are changing your oil in the front lawn, it will keep you from accidentally killing patches of grass by spilling oil.
Wipe down the area after you are done. A few oil drips are likely to happen, especially when adding fresh oil into your vehicle. Use a funnel to keep things from pouring all over your engine. Before finishing, use paper towels or an old shop cloth to wipe up any excess oil spills. Not only will it keep things looking clean and keep the grime off of your engine, but it will also cut down on that yucky burning oil smell that happens when some is spilled.
That wasn’t bad at all. I am now officially a trial by fire oil changing DIYer. What are some tasks you have taken on as a way to save more money? I would love to hear about it. Leave me a comment down below.