[DIY] Easiest DIY of all - how to change engine oil

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I've been meaning to post up a DIY for the longest time. But everytime I do something it's usually car model specific and hence most of the time not really shareable. So a lady friend suggested I do a DIY engine oil change so she could do it herself in future. HERself get her pretty little fingers all oily and grimy? Why not! Anything to get women down and dirty...

In this particular case my lady friend only held the camera. I did the work.

Tools needed :

  1. New engine oil and oil filter
  2. Sturdy car jackstands
  3. Car jack (big or small will do. Big makes is easier and faster though)
  4. Funnel
  5. Clean cloth and a LOT of newspaper
  6. Oil filter removal tool, size 14/17 (depending on car) ratchet or closed end wrench. Do not use open end wrenches! They may slip and spoil the nut.
  7. Any medium sized box tub purchaseable at your friendly hypermart for RM15++


Jack the car up to a comfortable height and ensure you set the car at its designated jacking points. In this case the Myvi has two markers at the side.



Get under the car and look for the correct outlet bolt. For an automatic, there are two outlet bolts - one for engine oil and another for ATF (automatic transmission fluid). The engine oil one is the one located near the oil filter (which is the white cylindrical canister on the top left side of this picture).



This is the ATF outlet. Don't remove this nut unless you want to replace the ATF as well. But that's another DIY for another day.



Loosen the bolt with your tool, then just use your hand to remove the bolt.



Let the engine oil flow out until it completely stops dripping. Catch the oil using the box tub you bought at the hypermarket.



Using the Oil Filter removal tool, remove the oil filter. Sometimes the filter might be too tight so wrap the oil filter base with some newspaper then only fit the removal tool to get a better grip. Be prepared to catch more oil from the oil filter outlet using the tub. Make sure the tub will catch random drops of oil from the bolt outlet as well unless you want oil on your precious tiled floor (which is a real bitch to clean btw).



Once loosened, it helps to hold the oil filter with newspaper as it'll get real messy. Pour out all the oil in the filter into the tub.



Wait for all the dripping to finish then wipe the oil filter outlet and the bolt outlet clean.



Replace the oil drain bolt or just add on a new washer. As you can see from the picture, this washer is pretty much worn out.



Remove the oil cap and pull out the oil level dipstick to let even more oil flow out into the tub.



While waiting for the dripping out of the old oil, lube the new oil filter with some new engine oil. The rubber seal must be lubed otherwise it may not have a good seal and possibly cause a leak. I make it a personal habit to fill the oil filter half way too with new engine oil. It's not absolutely necessary but some say it helps to protect the engine that tiny little bit more since oil is already there when you start the car.



Fit the new oil filter in and the bolt as well and tighten then to the best of your ability. Do not use brute strength. Once it feels tight enough - it probably is, as long as it's not removable by hand. Overtighten it and you might spoil the thread and that'll be a real major pain-in-the-you-know-where to fix.



Almost all engine oils of this size is 4L. There are a few 5L in the market but the average Japanese or local car only needs 4L bottles. European cars uses 5L or more. Using the funnel, pour in half the bottle into the car. Lower your car onto the ground then check your dipstick to see how much more oil you need to add. Fill the oil to be between the "Hot" marker and the "Cold" marker on your dipstick. It should not exceed the "Hot" marker which is usually the higher end of the marker on the dipstick. Ideally it should just be slightly below "Hot".



Once done, be a environmentally responsible person and recycle the old oil at your friendly mechanics shop or recycling center. I used old 4L bottles to collect the old oil before I dropped them off at a nearby mechanics place.

Throw all your rubbish, newspaper, wipe dry your tub, keep all your tools and you're done!

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nicely written with pictures. two thumbs up for the effort sir.
 

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bro, can post on how to change gearbox oil as well....
Erm.. Can also. That will take time cuz my ATF not due for change yet. I don't have a manual at home to show how to change manual oil. That one lagi senang compared to ATF.
 

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next time use plastic bag to hold the oil filter before removing it... by using this method, the oil will flow right into the plastic bag....
 

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Hi Bro .. where did u buy yr jack and the stand ?
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i got it from MTIS. The dude's name is Eric and his shop is in Klang. Quite good pricing and friendly fella.


Hello, canu show where is the jack point under the engine/body of car and how to put the jack stand, thank
Different cars have different jacking points. Best you check your car manual. Or you could tell me what car you drive?
 
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i figured out the cover has minor leakage/oil stain. does that mean i have to open the bottom cover and change the gasket?while changing engine oil?
 

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i figured out the cover has minor leakage/oil stain. does that mean i have to open the bottom cover and change the gasket?while changing engine oil?
What cover are you talking about specifically?
 

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I didn't realize a change of new engine oil can make my gearbox shift smoother.
I don't think its just me, its really smoother, really! haha
My Bardhal FS 5W40 only did 6230km.
Brother SC, your used oil throw where? At my place the garbage guys simply throw, so if I DIY oil change, I still have to take it to my mechanic to dispose. If that is the case, I rather let him do it.....:biggrin:
 

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Brother SC, your used oil throw where? At my place the garbage guys simply throw, so if I DIY oil change, I still have to take it to my mechanic to dispose. If that is the case, I rather let him do it.....:biggrin:
Ya. only RM20 labour. :biggrin:
Or go to Izso's place. :rofl:
 

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Brother SC, your used oil throw where? At my place the garbage guys simply throw, so if I DIY oil change, I still have to take it to my mechanic to dispose. If that is the case, I rather let him do it.....:biggrin:
Ya. only RM20 labour. :biggrin:
Or go to Izso's place. :rofl:
Nothing but a good ol' getting your hands dirty day to satisfy myself.
I guess I'm like Izso gua, like to get our hands dirty, no pun intended.
Although, I still don't like to detail yet, which I think I will sooner or later, poisoned by u guys.
As EricTheCarGuy said, "Stay dirty!"

Btw my friend in Kepong labour RM10 only. :o

I put it in my rubbish tong, they took it wor bro VR.
 

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Nothing but a good ol' getting your hands dirty day to satisfy myself.
I guess I'm like Izso gua, like to get our hands dirty, no pun intended.
Although, I still don't like to detail yet, which I think I will sooner or later, poisoned by u guys.
As EricTheCarGuy said, "Stay dirty!"

Btw my friend in Kepong labour RM10 only. :o

I put it in my rubbish tong, they took it wor bro VR.
Ya, DIY detailing still won't get me feel bored haha! Longer hours than changing oil.
 

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Ya. only RM20 labour. :biggrin:
Or go to Izso's place. :rofl:
RM20? Sure not include other things done? or include oil filter.....:hmmmm:

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Nothing but a good ol' getting your hands dirty day to satisfy myself.
I guess I'm like Izso gua, like to get our hands dirty, no pun intended.
Although, I still don't like to detail yet, which I think I will sooner or later, poisoned by u guys.
As EricTheCarGuy said, "Stay dirty!"

Btw my friend in Kepong labour RM10 only. :o

I put it in my rubbish tong, they took it wor bro VR.
Not about whether getting dirty or not, but I worried they just throw in land fill.....:banghead::banghead:
 

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RM20? Sure not include other things done? or include oil filter.....:hmmmm:

Not about whether getting dirty or not, but I worried they just throw in land fill.....:banghead::banghead:
Yup, DIY is good just dun have proper place to dispose the oil.

Own EO and own OF. Bring own things but just use their services to change EO. 15 mins kao tim.
 

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RM20? Sure not include other things done? or include oil filter.....:hmmmm:

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Not about whether getting dirty or not, but I worried they just throw in land fill.....:banghead::banghead:
I shall ask alam flora then.
Or ask some mechanics nearby. Or just throw at their door step :laugh:
 

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Actually also same thing. Mine very direct one.

I feel like change atf filter next but its very hard to reach the pan.
Correcto.. same process. Difference only is the location. It's not that difficult to reach, just a nuisance. Make sure do a complete drain before remove pan, damn messy job especially since your pan is vertical, not horizontal like mine.
 

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Oh! you did oil pan change only. When flush then a lot of work....
Correcto.. same process. Difference only is the location. It's not that difficult to reach, just a nuisance. Make sure do a complete drain before remove pan, damn messy job especially since your pan is vertical, not horizontal like mine.
That's why, horizontal. Luckily my oil filter is located downwards. No messy job. :biggrin:
Kinda worried after the last ATF change. Saw so much metal shavings on the nut.
 

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That's why, horizontal. Luckily my oil filter is located downwards. No messy job. :biggrin:
Kinda worried after the last ATF change. Saw so much metal shavings on the nut.
I think I still have some SPIII leftover at home. You can have the lot if you want. I have no use for SPIII anymore
 

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That's why, horizontal. Luckily my oil filter is located downwards. No messy job. :biggrin:
Kinda worried after the last ATF change. Saw so much metal shavings on the nut.
Gear box usually have more metal shavings then in the engine.
Bro. SF change his kelisa atf & filter today. Real messy and there is a magnet stuck to the pan. If change filter take pan for cleaning....:biggrin:

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Okay nice. Then i can fill up my steering fluid to the max. haha.
B*gger, I hope you know that atf, brake and power steering fluid are all different. you confusing me now......hahahahaha:biggrin:
 

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I shall ask alam flora then.
Or ask some mechanics nearby. Or just throw at their door step :laugh:
Just keep in car, pour it all over an idiot's car if we encounter any.

Probably brake fluid.....hahahahahhaha:biggrin:....faster cabut.........:burnout:
:rofl: reminds me of YOUKNOWWHO pouring bardarl EO and mix with ATF for his gearbox.

Brake fluid mix with power steering fluid. Will be smoother :rofl: Cabut...
 

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Just keep in car, pour it all over an idiot's car if we encounter any.



:rofl: reminds me of YOUKNOWWHO pouring bardarl EO and mix with ATF for his gearbox.

Brake fluid mix with power steering fluid. Will be smoother :rofl: Cabut...
Both will kena nicely from bro. SC......:biggrin:
 

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i use SPIII leh, so far no problem.
someone mention use ATF for power steering in LYN persona.:banghead:
Can use power steering fluid for ATF then? Since is kinda vice versa for whoever said that
 

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Fark. Hahahha. I forgot is brake fluid or ATF fluid for steering. HAHAHAHAH

Izso! Last time u fill in what dy? I check back manual need ATF Dexron I/II.
I think we filled in SPIII?
I don't remember what we filled in your PS. Should be Dexron III la. I have shitloads of that at home.

i use SPIII leh, so far no problem.
someone mention use ATF for power steering in LYN persona.:banghead:
Actually, power steering uses ATF in most cases Dexron II/III. SPIII will work la. But it's not ideal la. Dexron is more viscous, or was it the other way around? I don't remember.
 

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SC, your PS might be filled with minyak kelapa sawit haha.
ah crap. Anyone want some to fry bananas?

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i use SPIII leh, so far no problem.
someone mention use ATF for power steering in LYN persona.:banghead:
I seriously forgot what I used. But then. It's been there for about 12000 km dy.
So which to use for which I really confused dy. lol
 

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last weekend changed my kancil brake shoe wit try & error method, since doing it alone for the 1st time I didn't had the chance to take pictures of process. took me 4 hours to manage to finish it when it should be faster than that if let them mechs do it. it all went smooth for the right hand side, just an hour I think but all went havoc for the left hand side, no problem opening it but to install it back caused me problem. y coz 1 of the item with the spring popped out & I manage to install it back but the wrong way. I put it back like the right hand side but actually it's like the mirror side of it. how did I know, I re opened the right side compare them parts & :banghead: 2,3 times & manage to finish it. maybe I could cut back an hour if I used my other 2T bottle jack in kelisa instead of using them bricks:banghead::banghead: & luckily no other parts r damage. it's not that hard for kancil but don't know with others cars, next my kelisa, hope it's the same method. but all in all, anything diy is truly satisfying.
 

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last weekend changed my kancil brake shoe wit try & error method, since doing it alone for the 1st time I didn't had the chance to take pictures of process. took me 4 hours to manage to finish it when it should be faster than that if let them mechs do it. it all went smooth for the right hand side, just an hour I think but all went havoc for the left hand side, no problem opening it but to install it back caused me problem. y coz 1 of the item with the spring popped out & I manage to install it back but the wrong way. I put it back like the right hand side but actually it's like the mirror side of it. how did I know, I re opened the right side compare them parts & :banghead: 2,3 times & manage to finish it. maybe I could cut back an hour if I used my other 2T bottle jack in kelisa instead of using them bricks:banghead::banghead: & luckily no other parts r damage. it's not that hard for kancil but don't know with others cars, next my kelisa, hope it's the same method. but all in all, anything diy is truly satisfying.
Wah, i changed my brake pads myself but shoes are on a whole different level.
 

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like I said for kancil its quite easy but for bigger cars maybe mechanism is on a whole different level edi
Bigger cars normally will have disc already in the rear, but then the disc also can be very different but still easier then shoes.....
 

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ATF I think more complex, can use in PS but not the other way around....

I use PS fluid or ATF for my K & N last time....
Ya as oiling like you said right? My KNN i just wash and reuse already. Didn't oil.
Might get some ATF to use it as oiling. Since I have leftovers for servicing kelisa haha!