Everyone knows that an oil change is one of the most important preventative maintenance tasks to be performed. This chore should be done on a regular basis, which is determined by the make, model and year of the vehicle as well as how it's driven. If a car or truck is driven on rough terrain or mountainous inclines, an oil change will need to be performed more frequently. If the weather in the region is extremely hot or cold, the lubricant will begin to break down more rapidly than in temperate climates. If the vehicle is used to haul large loads such as a camper for the family vacation or a utility trailer full of building products, it will burn more lubricant as well as gasoline. A car owner can take their auto in for this service call or learn to perform the duty themselves. If they decide to do it at home, they will need proper tools and supplies to complete the oil change job.
- Old clothes: It's a good idea to wear clothing that is designated for dirty work. Once these clothes are splattered with lubricant, they will never be the same. Reserve shirts and pants just for this regular maintenance duty.
- Gloves: Having work gloves will protect the hands from becoming stained with motor fluids as well. Gloves can also help a person get a better grip.
- Chocks, bricks or blocks: Chocks are devices which are placed in front of and behind the tires of a vehicle to keep it from slipping or moving in any way. Bricks or wooden blocks cut to the appropriate dimensions will work, too.
- Jack: Jacking the vehicle up a bit with an appropriate jack tool will aid in the oil changing process.
- Wrenches: The appropriate sized wrenches to tighten and loosen filters and lids will be necessary to properly complete this job.
- Container for drainage: A container to collect the dirty lubricant that drains out will be necessary. It should be able to withstand the heat imparted by the engine onto the lubricant, and be able to hold four to six quarts.
- Plastic jugs to transport discarded oil to the local auto parts shop or recycling drop off site. Emptied and cleaned milk or water jugs are perfect for the job. They require cleaning or hauling home again, either. The discarded oil must be properly disposed of so as to not pollute ground water or the local environment. The local auto parts shops will be happy to take it off your hands for free.
- Filters: Filters must be changed at the same time. Be sure to purchase high quality products that won't tear or fall apart. Don't skimp on this item.
- Oil: There are different types of oil which are required for the varieties of vehicles. Check the owner's manual or auto parts shop to find out the proper type for your car. Be certain that it's not "non-detergent" as this is the type meant for chainsaws, lawn mowers, and tools rather than motor vehicles. It may be cheaper, but it's bad for your car.