In this guide, I am going to show you how to change your own oil even if you have never done it before. There are several reasons why I recommend learning to change your own oil. These include:
It’s actually not that difficult
You can save money
You can build confidence working on your car
Be more in tune with how your car is running
NOTE: This guide is written for the complete novice/beginner, so bear with me for the lengthy explanations.
PART I: PREPARATION
Most of the work in changing your own oil is in gathering the supplies. Once you have all of the items you need, performing the work should take no more than 30-60 minutes. So here’s what you need to get started:
In January of 2009, myself and two friends purchased a 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau coupe for $600. Under the hood, it had a small block 350 V8 engine with a Rochester QuadraJet carburetor. The car ran but didn’t have much power. We were too focused on doing body work to worry about the engine at first.
In the summer of 2011, I decided to take a look at the rebuilding the carburetor. I found a couple of companies that offered rebuild services by mail. The cost seemed to be around $400 dollars – almost as much as we paid for the whole car!
Having ruled that option out, I looked at the cost of buying a Holley or other brand of carburetor. Again, the prices were way out of my range ($280 to $400). There was only one option left: to rebuild it myself.