You can always take your car to a mechanic to get an oil change, but knowing how to change the oil yourself is a useful skill. Keeping up with oil changes is an important part of keeping your car healthy and your engine going for as long as possible.
First, make sure you get the right type of oil for your car, which you can find in the owner’s manual. Don’t be cheap when it comes to the filter—the better ones aren’t much more expensive, and they do last much longer and will save you money in the long run.
When you go to change the oil, jack your car up, climb under, and put a pan under the drain plug to catch the oil. Next, use a wrench to unscrew the drain plug.
Once the oil has drained out, put the drain plug back in and tighten it, being careful to avoid stripping it. Then remove the oil filter and install the new one, and you’re done under the hood. Pour in your oil, screw on the filter cap, and voila!