How To Change Your Oil

An Easy DIY Project That Saves Money


Why change your own oil?

One of the cornerstones of do-it-yourself car maintenance jobs is the home oil change. It's a simple process that requires few tools, and it's a sure way to save some money while you avoid the hassle of sitting in a dull waiting room somewhere reading outdated magazines.

More than anything, the basic oil change is a great way to connect with your vehicle and take some control over its maintenance. The time you spend under the hood and under the car affords you an excellent opportunity to look around and see if anything else needs attention.

Our video shows the process in action:



Money Saved: Between $25 and $75

Time Required: One hour the first time out; 30 minutes on average


Tools Required:

  • Wrench to remove drain plug (box end or socket)
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Oil drain pan
  • Funnel
  • Latex gloves
  • Jack and jack stands or ramps (optional, depends on ground clearance)

Materials Required: 

  • Oil
  • Oil filter
  • Replacement drain plug washer (depending on application)


Dan Edmunds, Director Of Vehicle Testing (Original source can be found @ edmunds.com)