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DIY Oil Change? It’s not as scary as you think…

Posted in DIY, Maintenance by MrAngry | February 1st, 2010 | 2 Responses |

Oil changes, engine lights, windshield wiper fluid, bulb replacement and batteries. There, I just banged out six different quick and easy DIY jobs for your automobile. Dealers and local garages have been making a bloody mint off people since the automobile was created over 100 years ago. Jobs that may look daunting at first, can sometimes be much easier than you think. Hell, for some you may not even need any tools.

Over the next few months Ridelust.com is going to putting up a few things that may help you save a couple of bucks the next time your car is in need of some maintenance. First up… the dreaded oil change. In all honesty changing your own oil really is pretty easy, granted you may get a bit grungy when all is said and done, but do it right and it should take you no more than 25 minutes. Although a bit hokey, the video above is actually pretty entertaining as well as being downright informative. I’d recommend leaving the beer out of the equation until everything is buttoned-up. Then when you’re finished, go inside, hit the couch and celebrate with a cold one… I like Michelob.

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  1. Kurt says:

    Unless, of course, you own an Acura TSX. The video skips the step “enjoy the hot oil running down the engine block and into your armpit as you frantically try to spin off the filter”.

  2. I would suggest buying a case or two of your favorite oil at Costco and ordering a year’s supply of filters online. You won’t have to drive to the dreaded Pep Boys or Kragen to pick up oil and filters, saving time. And get a big drum that seals up tight to store the old oil. That way you’ll only have to take it to your local recycling place once a year.

    Speaking of which, it’s really important to find out where you can safely dispose of/recycle the used oil. And if you’re using synthetic make sure the disposer/recycler knows. Never, ever, put used oil down the drain, in the garbage, or on the ground.

    One more thing: Get some Oil Eater oil-soaking pads to catch oil drips. They’ll prevent oil stains on your garage floor and make cleanup a cinch. Keep the used ones and drop them off when you get rid of your old oil.