When it comes to car maintenance, changing the oil is one of the easier tasks that you can take on yourself. It’s a simple process that requires few tools, and you’ll end up saving some money in the long run.
What you’ll need: wrench to remove drain plug, oil filter wrench, drain pan, funnel, latex gloves, jack and jack stands or ramps. The first time you change your own oil will be the most costly as you’ll have to buy the tools.
Consult your owner’s manual to see which oil filter, oil type, and the amount of oil you’ll need to change. Most cars require four to five quarts of oil. Also, make sure you buy the correct oil grade for your car.
Unscrew the drain plug with the proper size box end wrench. Let the plug drop into the drain pan so that you don’t burn yourself or spill oil. It will take a few minutes for the oil to drain.
Now, take your car off the jacks. Let it run to cycle the oil. After a few minutes, turn your car off and check your dipstick to ensure that the levels are where they need to be.
Some people like having someone else change their oil as it is more convenient for them, and mess-free. That’s fine, too. Look around for the best deal on oil changes. If you have a mechanic that you’ve worked with in the past, ask them if they have any specials or coupons. Also, many mechanics anymore have mailing lists; ask to join so that you are aware of monthly specials.
At Great Plains Auto Body, we’re committed to giving you an unmatched level of service. As a company that’s been family owned and operated for more than 25 years, we’re dedicated to treating our customers as we would treat members of our own family. We’ll keep you informed throughout the entire repair process and make sure you’re satisfied when the job is complete. From estimating and detailing to collision repair and paint services, our ASE-certified mechanics and technicians make sure the job is done right and on time.
We understand the current outbreak is worrying, and we want to take a moment to share the ways we can all help keep the workplace safe, as well as the steps we are taking as an organization.
Great Plains Auto Body has heightened cleaning and all front lobbies are removed all non-essential items. We are wiping down handles, chair handles, doorknobs, etc. to maintain the sanitary of our lobbies.
We are following the guidelines from the CDC in terms of sterilization and cleanliness on our lobbies at all our locations. If you have any questions about the extra measures we are taking at this time, please feel free to give us a call and we can speak with you about your concerns and work to a solution to best facilitate the repair process for all parties.
Thank you for your understanding and your support of our local business!
Wishing everybody safety and good health.