The holidays are practically here, which means it’s getting way harder to save money. To help you save some significant dollars, your friends at Toyota of Orlando are showing you how to change your oil yourself! Let’s get started:
DIY oil changes can save time and money!
Is it your first time changing your own oil and you have no idea where to start? If so, don’t fret! We’ll go step by step to help you do a DIY oil change at home. To begin, let’s gather the materials you’ll be needing:
- Fresh oil
- New oil filter
- Oil pan (5-7 quarts)
- Oil filter wrench
- Jack and jack stands
We also recommend you change into clothes you wouldn’t mind getting dirty in since a DIY Orlando oil change can get messy.
And remember to look at your owner’s manual to make sure you are getting the right type of oil for your vehicle! There are a variety of options from conventional oil to synthetic or high mileage oil for cars with 75,000 miles or more. If you’re unsure what kind of oil to get, feel free to call our expert Orlando Toyota auto service technicians — they are happy to help you find the best oil for your ride.
Now that you have your tools, you are ready for some action!
Jack your car up, and rest it on your jack stands. Once your car is secure, slide underneath to find the oil drain plug, and place the oil pan there. Since cold oil tends to not drain properly, we recommend you idle your engine for up to 10 minutes. Then switch it off, and raise the hood to find and loosen the oil filler cap to create a vacuum that allows the oil to drain more quickly.
Now you can drain the old oil. Return to the oil drain plug in the underside of the car, and remove the plug with the wrench (turn counterclockwise). Once it loosens, feel free to remove by hand, but be very careful — the oil might be hot. It takes about 5 minutes to drain completely.
Next, find your oil filter, also underneath your vehicle. Use your oil filter wrench to remove it. Then dispose of it, and replace it with the new oil filter. At Toyota of Orlando, one of our car maintenance tips for oil changes is to use your finger to apply a bit of oil to the gasket for a tighter seal.
Once you’ve made sure to tightly replace the drain plug, you can now add in the new oil. Use a funnel to carefully pour in the recommended amount of new oil into the filler hole under the hood. Then replace the fill cap, and turn on your car for a few minutes to make sure everything is running smoothly. Ta-da!
Toyota of Orlando can do the heavy lifting!
Now that you know what it takes to get a DIY oil change in Orlando, would you rather have an expert do it? If so, stop by Toyota of Orlando, and we’ll get you ready-to-go in no time!