Learning how to change the oil in your car is an easy way to get started doing your own auto maintenance and repairs. Oil change intervals should be listed in your owner’s manual but are normally somewhere around every 3000 to 6000 miles or 3 to 6 months, whichever comes first. Before you start you will need ramps or a jack and jack stands to get access to the drain plug and filter, a wrench and socket to remove them, a bucket to catch the used oil, some clean new oil, and a new filter. On some cars you will also need a gasket or washer for the filter or drain plug. There are many different types of filters and several different weights of oil, information on the proper replacements (and oil capacity) can be found in your owner’s manual or at the parts store.
It’s best to change the oil when the engine is warm as the oil will flow out of the pan more quickly. With the car securely in the air on the ramps or jack stands open the hood and loosen the oil fill cap. Place the bucket under the oil pan and remove the drain plug to allow the oil to drain. Once all of the oil has drained replace the plug. Move the bucket under the oil filter and remove the oil filter.