How to Change Your Oil (COMPLETE Guide)

How to Change Your Oil (COMPLETE Guide)

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  1. Chris, my dealership did the first oil change on my car and added 0W-20 but my owners manual says to use SAE 5W-30. I'm going to change it myself this time, which one should I use?!

  2. After I became an electrician and started to make good money I began paying others to do jobs for me; like changing my oil and detailing my car, only because I grew tired of it. Watching your videos has inspired me to work on my car myself again. Thank you for reigniting my love of working with my hands even more so than I already do.

  3. Before you undo any bolts, make sure that the bolt your about to undo leads to the oil. My dad made me change the oil in our 2010 Toyota Corolla and I accidentally emptied the transmission pan. I have always been told that you need to drop the pan completely, but I guess Toyota does it differently. It was a Allen key bolt btw.

  4. Thank you Chris. I’m going to do this after I get the new radiator and condenser back on. I went to put them back on and both the radiator and condenser were warped and ruined. They showed up that way from the ford dealer we bought them from
    I just took the struts off today. It has been fun working on my little suv and you have been such a big help

  5. I brought my car second hand there was no Manuel guide… do you know where I can find out how much oil I. Should fill for my car

  6. That oil filter clamp you like so much was not ergonomically designed; it needs a slight bend at the jaws end. Sooo easy.

  7. Dude…..youre awesome, you explain things that a first grader would understand, I am addicted to your videos

    Keep up the good job

  8. New subscriber here! Love your channel! To the point and you clearly explain all the details. Thank you for that! Looking forward to changing my oil now!

  9. Hey Chris. I have an 05 f150 i do my own oil change thanks to you. This is the second time i do the service in my car myself. However when i recycle my old oil i notice i get only 5 qts out and im putting 7qts. Im a little worried. Does my truck is burning oil? I check ir regularly and it always seems to be fine.

  10. I rather pay 70 bucks for 3 oil changes at the dealership. They change air filter oil filter rotate tires. But then when they come with maintenance suggestions, i decline and go to my mechanic for anything else.
    Changing own oil seems like a hassle. Especially u not really saving money if u have already a good price.

  11. Thank you so much for making this video. I want to change the oil and filters on 2 old high mileage cars me and my fiance drive.
    They are overdue because the cars aren't worth a lot. So a service cost seems a lot. But they are still good cars and I want to look after them.
    So I am glad I found your video. 😁

  12. Dude I have watched 100s of videos on ‘how to change oil on your car’ videos but this one is the best. The way you demonstrate and use different types of tools and stuff really nice.

  13. two points (I had a golf 4, 1.9 TDI engine and also did the filters and oil change myself. The filter was on top of the engine, not underneath it. That s why I would first take the filter out and then let the oil drain.):
    1. before screwing back in the drain plug, I would pour some 200-300 ml of clean oil, until no more black oil was pouring from the oil pan. I do this because I sometimes am a real prevention maniac and I of course end up exaggerating.
    2. I would always keep the oil level halfway between max and min because the more oil you have, the more pressure builds up inside the engine when it s running. So if you pour oil to max, you might end up with too much pressure.

  14. Four years ago, this video was made and supported by Pennzoil. It turns out, thanks to some helpful videos from another YouTuber… that Pennzoil is one of the best choices you can make in oil, especially for higher mileage vehicles.

  15. So my owners manual says I can use either 0w-20 or 5w-20 oil for my car but I live in Florida where it never gets below freezing, what do you suggest I use??

  16. Chris: "All you need to do is tighten it down to 20ft-lbs of torque, which is nothing"
    20ft-lbs of torque: "Am I a joke to you?"

  17. Another ChrisFix Fix. Addiction is a … wonderful thing. Thanks.
    (Pro tip: make sure the oil filter gasket did not stick to the car – I'm sure others have mentioned it – but here's a refresh…).

  18. One tip I can offer if it hasn't already been posted is this:
    If you don't have a filter wrench and can't get the filter off use a Phillips screwdriver (the pointy one) to stab the bottom side of the oil filter and use that like a wrench to unscrew it. You don't need that old filter anymore so you can go ham on it. Just don't go high up near the car cuz you can damage the car. Have a great day 👍

  19. Hi Chris, my oil dipstick handle broke and the only replacement I can find so far is from a Ford Ranger 2.3L but my car is a Ford Escape 2.3L. I'm thinking if I can just use the dipstick from the Ford Ranger since we have the same 2.3L engine but I'm kinda worry as well that I might cause another problem. I hope you can give some expert advice on this matter. Thanks

  20. One important thing Chris forgot to mention is that when removing the oil filter, sometimes the rubber gasket will get stuck and stay on the filter housing rather than staying on the filter. If you put the new filter on while that gasket is stuck there, it will leak badly.

  21. Great video chris!! I only have one small tip, make sure the old oil filter gasket comes off with the old oil filter, before putting in the new one.
    Again awesome vid

  22. After how many miles do we need to change the oil filter or do we need to change the filter every time we do an oil change

  23. Top tip! Make sure your filter box has the right filter. That's a Walmart and people seem to swap filters to save cash.

    I have found frame ultra filter boxes have a regular terrible frame filter in them. The box usually has a broken seal, but I always check now after finding this a couple times. If you look you can probably find a lot of tampered filter boxes.

    This goes for almost everything at Walmart that's a service part, or tool, with similar cheaper packaging around.

  24. I used to do my own but got lazy and hated not having a good way to get rid of all the waste. I can go to a quick change place near me almost any week day at 5:30 after work and be in and out in less than 20 minutes and that includes a tire rotation and all fluids topped off. of less that 60 bucks and be good for another 5K miles and 4-6 months. Well worth my money. I'll stick with the 800 to 1000 dollar jobs like changing a water pump on my 2013 escape.

  25. Hey Chris I need help on this mi transmission drain screw is stuck and Its like they tightend it and I cant get it off mi girlfriend jus bought the car how do we get the screw thats stuck off the drainer

  26. Which side do I put the mark on the socket?? Im.doing my 1st oil change next week,please get back to me soon,someone please help

  27. Chris you should warn people about double-gasketing the oil filter, sometimes the old gasket stays on the oil filter adapter and if you double gasket it your engine could blow up

  28. Question Sir my car is brand new it has 1898 miles only and my oil percent is 50%. Do i have to do an oil change soon? The dealer said when its 15% oil. What do you advice Sir. Thanks

  29. Thank you so much for this. Just got a 2012 Corolla and was shocked at $80 oil change price. Also, have a dad who doesn't help with these types of things so I turn to the internet. New subscriber. I want to learn to maintenance my car. Save time and some money

  30. Best oil change how to video I've seen.bivr always had a general idea how to do it, but I never had the confidence to try, even after watching other videos. Thanks to this video, I will be doing my own oil changes

  31. 1:16 what I do is I buy my own oil and my own filter and give it to the mechanic and tell him to change it and I stare on him to see if he does it correctly or not

  32. Hello, good afternoon, chrisfix. I am a follower of yours. Greetings from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, I am writing to ask you a question. A month ago I took my sister's car to the workshop to make the oil change I always put 10w40 but this time the mechanic put 15w40 without my permission, the question is. Can I put 10w40 back on without causing me problems in the vehicle?

    Thanks greetings!

  33. I pay 100$ just for the oil and filter to do at home. Am I doing something wrong lol people complaining about paying 70$ for someone to do it all for them

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