Firstly, you will need to purchase some tools of reasonable quality! Initially this will cost you some money and could possibly cost you more than the average service from a local garage. However, once you have the basic tools and know how you will begin to save yourself a lot of cash in the future each time you need to change the oil in your car.
Of course, the better quality the tools the more expensive they are but they will last longer. A 114 piece aluminium tool set from Halfords would cost £100. An oil tray or container will also be needed, these can cost as little as £10.
How to change oil in a car:
Make sure the engine has not been running for a while so the oil is nice and cool. Then pop open the bonnet, you'll find the bonnet leaver is usually situated in the driver’s front foot well, but it does depend on the make and model. With the bonnet open you will be able to see and access the oil filter. To replace this you will first need to un-tighten the filter using a ratchet and a suitable socket. We advise placing some paper towel around the oil filter before removing it to avoid any spills.
The next step is to drain the oil. To do this you will need to access the oil sump. In most cases there is an under-tray preventing you from accessing the sump for protection. Most sumps have a few common screws or bolts. If there are screws holding the under tray in place a screw driver( with the correct end bit that fits the screw head flush) will be needed. If there are bolts holding the under tray in place a ratchet with the correct sized socket will be needed.
The next step is to undo the sump plug. In most cases the plug is 19cm. A solid spanner or even a ratchet and socket can be used. We advise wearing gloves to avoid getting oil on your skin. Place a tray under the sump to collect the old oil draining out.
Once all the old oil is drained, we advise that you replace the sump plug when you change oil. You can re-fit the old sump plug and if you choose to do you will need to inspect the thread on the plug. If the thread is damaged then you do need to replace the sump plug. Once the sump plug is on you need to tighten with a ratchet or spanner. We advise torqueing up the plug with a torque wrench. You can find the setting in your car manual or ask your local dealer. Refit under tray if it has been removed.
The next stage is one of the most important stages - filling the engine with the correct amount of oil. Don't till it all the way up to the top, you can find out the correct level in your manual or at the local dealer. The quality of the oil is really important as well so ask your local dealer what the best oil for your vehicle would be. Once you've done this just make sure everything is tightened up.
Then start up the engine! Don’t be scared if everything has been followed step to step. Just to be sure have a look around the oil filter housing area for any leaks. If everything is okay, then you are all good to go! Remember to dispose of the old drained oil carefully, your local garage will probably take it for you.