Oil change instructions:

Discover how to do your own oil changes here.

Oil & lube changing 101: here are simple oil change instructions that you can easily follow.

Regular oil and filter changes are the biggest favor you can do for your vehicle. Oil loses its lubrication with use and must be changed frequently. The type of vehicle, climate and type of driving affects which oil your vehicle requires. Oil breaks down over time and must be replaced, even if you don’t drive your vehicle often.

Consult your owner’s manual for recommended service intervals, capacity, oil viscosity and type. Advance Auto Parts has the quality auto parts you need for a proper oil & lube job. Qualified team members will help you search through the variety of motor oils and find the right one for your vehicle. See below for step-by-step oil change instructions.

Why it’s important to change motor oils every 3000 miles:

Every moving part in your engine is protected from smooth operation and total failure by no more than a thin film of oil molecules. Regular oil and filter changes are the single biggest thing you can do to keep your vehicle running down the road for a long time to come.

Get in touch with your vehicle and change your own oil and filter. Advance Auto Parts has all the motor oils, filters, tools and accessories to help you get the job done right.

Do your own oil changes. Here’s what you will need:

Oil & lube change difficulty guide:


Estimated time required - 30 Minutes - 1 Hour

Oil change instructions: do it yourself & save!

Support vehicle on ramps or jack-stands before working underneath. Consult your owner’s or repair manual for type and quantity of oil. Always properly dispose of used motor oils, according to law.

  1. It’s easy to do your own oil changes. You’ll need a filter, a filter wrench, oil, and a drain pan to catch the used oil and drain the old filter.
  2. Warm up the engine, secure the vehicle on ramps or jack-stands, position the drain pan under the oil plug and loosen the plug. Be careful of hot motor oils.
  3. Take a good look at the drain plug while the oil drains. Replace the sealing washer if cracked or worn, or use a new metal crush washer if needed.
  4. After oil has drained, remove the oil filter using your oil filter wrench of choice. Some work from the end, while others wrap around the filter as seen here.
  5. If your filter still won’t budge, puncture the filter at its lowest point to drain, then use the same screwdriver to spin off the filter.
  6. Apply a film of oil to the new filter gasket and spin it on using only your hand. Go ¾ of a turn after you feel the gasket make contact.
  7. Double check the filter and drain plug for tightness, then fill your engine with the recommended viscosity and amount of motor oil. Check your owner’s manual.
  8. Determine your oil level using the dipstick, then check for any leaks. Start the engine and check for leaks again. Bring used motor oils to Advance Auto Parts for proper disposal or recycling.

Advance Auto Parts has the high quality auto parts for all vehicle maintenance services – including oil & lube jobs!