Changing your own the motor oil is one of the easier jobs for a car mechanic. The steps required to change engine oil are usually fairly standard across all cars. The only variations occur in the positioning of the oil filter and the drain plug. It’s always a good idea to change the filter at the same time you change the motor oil.
To begin with the engine until it is warm, this has the effect of heating up the oil and making it thinner, which makes it easier to drain. Get yourself a container that can hold all of the oil in the car, you can use any container but specialist oil drain pans can be purchased from Amazon for a few tens of dollars. Position the pan beneath the sump and find the drain plug. You’ll need a spanner or Allen key to unlock it. The oil may take awhile to drain, while it is doing so the oil filter could be changed. An oil filter wrench is a specialist all that allows the canister to be removed and these are cleaned, if it is a reusable filter, or replaced for disposable ones. When removing the filter be aware that up to 1 pint of oil can be held in the canister. You’ll need something to catch this.
Screw the new filter into place. It does not need to be excessively tightened, hand force is enough. By this time the oil should have drained. Give the plug a clean and replace it. Now add your new motor oil via the oil filler in the engine. Be careful not to overfill or you will have to drain the oil again. Monday engine in the workshop or driveway for a while to make sure there are no leaks before you take it out on the road.
It is also worth mentioning that all motor oil should be disposed of in the correct manner. The easiest way to do this is to take it to your local recycling depot, if they accept oil, or your local garage may take it off your hands for you.