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					In this day in age, many people are quickly adopting a do it yourself attitude. When
the economy is struggling, people often try and shave money out of their budget by
doing their own oil change in order to put less strain on their bank accounts. One way
to save money that does not require a whole lot of sacrifice is doing your own oil
change. Some people may think it is too hard or takes too much time, but that could
not be further from the truth. Learning how to change your own oil can actually save
you time and money. It is very easy to do and only takes a few minutes to learn the
simple process. If you follow these steps, you will be an oil change maniac!
  Secure the car 鈥?This step is all about safety. After all, safety first! Make sure your
car is on level, Put a brick or some heavy rocks behind the back wheels of the car so
that the car does not roll backwards. Also, after jacking up the car, make sure you put
it on jack stands. You do not want to leave the car raised on the jack alone, as this
causes a serious hazard. At this time, you will also want to make sure that you have
the parking brake securely engaged.
  Remove the old oil 鈥?Find the drain plug in the oil pan, which is located under
your engine. Use your socket wrench to loosen the bolt on the bottom of the oil
reservoir under your car. Make sure to have your drip pan or a bucket or something to
catch the old oil in after it drains. Make sure that it is completely underneath so you
are not left with a big mess! Just let the oil drain until it is empty. Once it has drained
replace the drain cap.
  Remove the old oil filter 鈥?Use an oil filter wrench to remove the old filter. These
are typically located on the top of the car under the hood.
  Put in the new filter 鈥?You need to lubricate the gasket on the filter. The new filter
needs to be inserted where you took out the old one. Fill the new oil filter about 2/3 of
the way and then screw the new filter in place.
  Add the new oil to the car 鈥?Unscrew the cap under the hood where the oil needs
to be inserted. Once this is done, put your funnel where you removed the cap. Start
pouring the oil in slowly. You will need to check your owner 鈥檚 manual to know
how much oil your car will need. Remember, follow this, you do not want to over or
under fill the car with oil. Do not add all of the oil at one time because some of the old
oil may still be left in there.
  Do a check 鈥?Check the dipstick to make sure that there is enough oil in the car. If
there is not enough, add it now. Keep checking until it is correct.
  If this seems too complicated to you or you might not have the time to do it, please
hire a professional.
  When getting an oil change Columbia has a lot to offer. There can be, however, only
one greatest service and it is this: http://www.meineke-columbia.com/.

				
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