Oil Change and Filter

Step by step guide on how to change an automotive engine oil and filter. This article pertains to all vehicles except electric.

Difficulty Scale: 2 of 10

Tool and Supplies Needed

  • Motor oil
  • Oil filter
  • Shop towels
  • Hydraulic jack
  • Jack stands
  • Socket set
  • Fluid catch basin
  • Protective eyewear and gloves
Begin with the vehicle on level ground, in park with the emergency brake set, raised in the air safely using jack stands for support. Some aspects of this information will be slightly different for each individual vehicle.

Step 1 - Locate the vehicle hood release and open the hood while using a support rod if equipped.

Open Hood

Step 2 - Located and remove any lower shielding that will hinder access to the oil drain plug and oil filter. After any obstructive shields have been removed, locate the engine oil pan drain plug (lower engine.)

Engine Oil Drain Plug

Step 3 - Using a wrench or socket loosen the oil drain plug by turning it counterclockwise.

Loosen Oil Drain Plug

Step 4 - Once the oil drain plug has been loosened, remove the plug by hand, be ready, oil will flow oil immediately, have a fluid catch basin ready.

Hand Loosen Drain Plug

Step 5 - While quickly removing the drain plug oil will flow out until complete. (Note: The oil is drained first to help drain the oil filter.)

Engine Oil Draining


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35 years in the automotive repair field, ASE Master Technician, Advanced Electrical and Mechanical Theory.


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Article first published (Updated 2013-10-26)