One of my goals for 2013 was to learn how to do an oil change by myself, for no other reason than to be awesome. This past Sunday, RJ and I decided on the hottest day in the world for me to learn how to do so.
Okay fine, it was only 99 degrees out. (Which BTW, there’s something seriously wrong when you start to say that it’s “only 99 degrees out.” Like that’s supposed to be normal or something.)
I asked RJ if I could slide under the car on one of those slide-y things. He said sure.
We began with a trip to O’Reilly’s Automotive, where we picked up the oil and oil filter.
You can check online for the type of oil and oil filter needed for an oil change for your specific vehicle.
We began by popping the hood. What we are looking at, I have no idea. I DO know that the “yellow thing” is called the dipstick.
First, we had to jack up the car. YES, I did it (mostly) by myself!! Go physics!! And go science, Mr. White!!!
This is the part where I asked RJ ten times whether the car was going to smash my head. This is also the part where I start praying that Jesus won’t let me die as this…
…and it’s twin brother are the only things keeping me alive at this point.
Oh yeah, this is also the part where I’m loosening the bolt that the oil comes out from. I mean, in case you were actually using this as a resource to learn to change your oil.
I’ll confess that I wasn’t actually strong enough to loosen the bolt on my own. I mean, I loosened it for RJ to loosen it for me. I really helped him.
Anyways, after fully loosening the bolt as a strong, independent woman, let the oil completely drain into the oil pan, which looks like this:
By the way, have you ever seen the underside of a car before?? I mean, I’ve never seen one before, so while I was down there, I thought I’d snap a pic.
In case you were wondering, this is what it looks like.
Nothing all that interesting…
Anyways, after the oil has completely drained into the pan, screw the bolt back on and change the filter, which looks like this from underneath the car:
It’s kind of near the front of the car.
Then, you need a filter something that goes on the outside of the filter. RJ says it’s a “filter wrench.” But what does this guy know, am I right or am I right??
Use the clickity tool (I called it a crochet, RJ says it’s a ratchet. Again, what does he know???) to unscrew the filter.
After you’ve changed (or not changed) the filter, it’s time to add the new oil. Check your car manual for how much you need. Our car uses about 4 quarts.
After adding the oil, run the car for about five minutes, and then wait 15 minutes before checking the dipstick (teeheehee).
If you’ve never checked a dipstick before, grab a paper towel, pull out the dipstick, wipe the dipstick along the paper towel so that it is clean, put the dipstick back from where it came from, and pull it out again, this time without wiping it.
So there we go! Oil change goal in the bag! It was surprisingly simple enough, though there are some parts that weren’t meant for little Asian girls that weigh 115 pounds to complete. <Sigh> One day…
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