How to Perform an Oil Change

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Learning how to perform an oil change yourself isn’t difficult and you can learn how to tackle this important maintenance task with our simple steps.

Tools and Supplies

You only need to spend about 20 bucks on supplies and 30 minutes of time. Get organized first, and you’re on your way to a painless DIY project.

  • Engine oil and oil filter (we’ll help you choose the right ones)
  • Oil filter gasket
  • Container for used oil
  • Oil filter wrench and wrench set
  • Funnel and oil pan
  • Jack and jack stand
  • Rubber mallet
  • Safety glasses
  • Rags
  • Plastic sheeting

Choosing Your Oil and Filter

Check your owner’s manual for the recommended oil type, weight, and viscosity. Don’t substitute, or you could damage your engine. Same goes with the filter. Check the recommended oil change intervals, and then choose a high-quality filter that’s designed to last that distance.


  • Spread the plastic sheeting on the ground, and drive your car onto it.
  • Jack up the car, set the jack stands in the right place, and then lower the car.
  • Place all your tools and supplies in a box to slide under the car.
  • Warm your engine up for few minutes.
  • Open a new oil bottle, and smear some of the clean oil on the new filter’s gasket.
  • Place the oil pan underneath, then unscrew the drain plug by hand.
  • Clean the drain plug, and if you need to, install a new gasket.
  • Remove the old oil filter, and make sure the rubber gasket comes off, too. Screw the new filter on by hand.
  • Place the funnel, and refill your engine with fresh oil. Be sure to put the caps back on.
  • Run the engine until the oil light on your dash goes out, and then wait a few minutes and check the oil level. Add more if needed.
  • Pour all the used oil into a sealable container for recycling.

Drop Your Car Off at Hiley Mazda

It’s always fast and easy to drop your vehicle off at Hiley Mazda for an oil change. We offer impeccable service, Mazda-certified parts, and competitive pricing. Schedule an appointment easily online!

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