Over at Edmunds.com they have a simple to follow, step by step, procedure to follow in order to change your own oil. They also have a list of tools that you would need to accomplish this task. The list of tools includes:
- a 3/8-drive socket set (metric will work for both)
- a combination wrench set (closed- and open-ended, metric)
- an oil filter wrench
- something to catch the old oil — an oil pan, a used kitchen basin, a kid’s pail
- a couple of empty one gallon milk containers with screw-on lids.
- a funnel and a one quart Ziploc baggie
- a lot of old newspapers and several dirty rags
- presoiled work clothes and, if you have long hair, a baseball cap
- two pair surgical gloves (optional; no, we won’t ask you to cough)
- a new oil filter (see vehicle’s owner’s manual for requirements)
- enough oil to refill the engine (check back page of owner’s manual for grade and number of quarts); we recommend name brands, such as Valvoline, Castrol, Pennzoil, Quaker State, Mobil, etc.
The article goes on to demonstrate how to change your own oil and also makes suggestions about where to dispose of your old oil and filter. But after reading the article, I wondered why would anyone want to attempt this dirty task?
Recently O’Reilly Auto had a sale on Castrol synthetic oil for $3 a bottle, plus if you bought five quarts, you got a free oil filter. I found a friendly garage that completed the oil and filter change charging me only $15 for the task.
So my question is this. Why would I want to change my own oil, when for $30 I had mine changed — which included parts and labor?