Questions about Changing my Own Oil

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Questions about Changing my Own Oil

Okay, so i'm a girl that wants to do everything on her own.  So don't try to change my mind, i'm hell-bent on this.

I looked at the online videos and I just have a few questions.

Do i really need an oil filter wrench or should it come off somewhat easy?

Do i really need cinder blocks if i'm doing this on a completely flat surface? (and the car won't fall on me, right?)

Where do i get a new oil filter?  How do i know which kind my car needs?  (Should i just look in owners manual?) What's the best brand of oil that you recommend?  And, where do i get jack stands?

when i drain the oil, there will be a washer or a felt version correct? or is that when i take off the filter?

thanks a bunch!

 

   

Hot2na
Re: Questions about Changing my Own Oil

yes, you need the wrench. the type of oil depends on your current climate/temperature. your owners manual has factory recommendations in it. for my porsche, i use a high performance high quality oil which is a synthetic by mobile1 (15w50).

most of your how to questions depend on the make, model, and year of your vehicle. also, the accessibility to the oil filter itself, where it is located:

 

 

if you can reach it simply by lifting the hood, then you do not need to jack up the vehicle. however, it does make it easier to get the oil drain pan underneath the vehicle to catch the oil pouring out. if you don't have a drain pan, there is a nifty box that absorbs it all with no mess or fuss.

go to any auto parts store for your filter. it is as easy as reading a book or computer display. again, enter make, model, year, and engine size. don't let the sales guy's over-sell you stuff you don't need because you are a woman. this list should cover it:

  • Ratchet or open end wrench
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Oil catch/recycle container
  • Funnel
  • New oil filter
  • New Oil
  • Clean rag

lastly, never change the oil when the car is hot. let it cool completely! if i can do it, i'm sure you can!

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-anonymous-
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Thanks ladies for all the info!!  I'll let you know how it goes.  Hopefully i'll get to it tonight or tomorrow.  Oil's running low and it needs to be changed anyways pronto!

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snazzy
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sunshine4ever001 wrote:

Thanks ladies for all the info!! 

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you notice all the ladies were the ones to jump all over this?!! ha! and let me know if you need help with a water pump on a dodge. im an very experienced! LOL

 

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-anonymous-
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i know, right?! let's hear it for the ladies, got mad skillz!!!

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animestrinity
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If you go to an auto parts store like autozone or o'reilly's or whatever, you can tell them you need an oil filter for your car, they'll ask you what year/make/model and look it up and get it for you.

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Hot2na
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or get a jump start and look up the filter you need before you go. Fram is pretty popular, just look for the orange box! look up your part here, then go in and get it. Fram is sold nearly everywhere, and if your auto manual calls for ACDelco or another brand, there is a cross reference chart in the back of each book in the auto store.

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-anonymous-
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sweet! i was just looking for this sort of online tool.  thanks 2na!

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ibcute81
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Do i really need an oil filter wrench or should it come off somewhat easy? Mine came off fairly easy. I just used a little elbow grease.

Do i really need cinder blocks if i'm doing this on a completely flat surface? (and the car won't fall on me, right?)I've always just jacked up the side with the filter on it. But I know it's better for the oil to drain if it's level, and you should always have something in front of and behind the rear wheels so the car doesn't try and roll away.

Where do i get a new oil filter? Autozone, Walmart, Target, any parts place.

How do i know which kind my car needs? That would be in the owners manual, or call the place you last got your oil changed and ask them what they used.

What's the best brand of oil that you recommend? I only use Mobil. But that's just me.

And, where do i get jack stands? Autozone, Walmart, Target, Any auto supply place

When i drain the oil, there will be a washer or a felt version correct? or is that when i take off the filter?

With that last one I think most filters have a built in washer/gasket. I know the plug in my oil pan is just a bolt....and there is no gasket/washer for that.

A lot of these things really depends on the make and model of your car..the newer the car the harder it is to change the oil. :) Good LUCK and YOU GO GIRL!

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LadyCerridwen48
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sunshine4ever001 wrote:

Okay, so i'm a girl that wants to do everything on her own.  So don't try to change my mind, i'm hell-bent on this.

I looked at the online videos and I just have a few questions.

Do i really need an oil filter wrench or should it come off somewhat easy?

Depends on how tight the filter was out on in the first place, and just how junked up and stuck it is now.  When I bought the Mercury in July, I was able to take the filter off by hand to change the oil.  Other cars I've had, it was on there pretty good.  If you  have something else that'll fit, by all means, use it.  It's not like you have to worry about denting it or anything.

sunshine4ever001 wrote:
Do i really need cinder blocks if i'm doing this on a completely flat surface? (and the car won't fall on me, right?)

I've never actually used cinderblocks, but a set of chocks isn't a bad idea.  What kind of jack are you using?  No way in hell I'd get under a car without chocks of some sort if it's being held up by a scissor jack, (I watched my 120 lb, 89 year old Grandpa knock my Mustang off of one without even trying) but an old school hydraulic jack is usually pretty stable.

sunshine4ever001 wrote:
Where do i get a new oil filter?  How do i know which kind my car needs?  (Should i just look in owners manual?) What's the best brand of oil that you recommend?  And, where do i get jack stands?

Um, I'd try the auto parts store ;)  Owner's manual should tell you the correct size, and should also tell you what weight oil you should get.  Some have brand loyalties, I've always used whatever was on sale, and never had a problem. 

 

sunshine4ever001 wrote:
when i drain the oil, there will be a washer or a felt version correct? or is that when i take off the filter?

thanks a bunch!

The gasket?  Should pop off when you get the filter off, might wind up stuck to the filter itself.  When you put the new filter on, make sure you run a bead of oil over the gasket with your finger before putting it on.  This will help keep the gasket from drying out and cracking. 

 

 

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snazzy
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i admire you for doing it yourself! ive helped with mine a couple of times and love getting a little dirty!

every car is different. sometimes you have to dig to get to your oil pan like removing the dust plate(s)/cover. i would recommend getting the front up off the ground so you can see and so you have room to turn your wrist and hands while working. I don't recommend blocks though. that seems dangerous to me. if you do use a flat surface i would still put something behind the wheels too.

certain oil filters require different tools to get them off. i had a mazda that only a few shops had the correct tool for it. but you can get the oil filter from most any autopart store of walmart. the type of oil you use depends on what your cars owners manual calls for. if it has alot of miles on it or even if it doesnt, i highly recommend Lucas. you put it in with your oil and it makes a world of difference on older cars especially. (you can also get that at your local parts store. i dont think walmart carries it)

i hope this helps a little. im not an expert and with my new car its too complicated so i just take it in. 20 bucks and 15 mins and its done.

 

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