The sad fact of life is that when you see the $20 dollar oil change specials advertised, they never tell you that you’ll almost never get out of the ship for that 20 dollars alone. These mechanics are great salesmen, and they know how to get the most out of their customers. A $20 dollar oil change can easily turn into a $100 endeavor if you opt for tire rotation, wiper blades, air filter service, fuel system cleaning or any of the other litany of services that most mechanics offer.
There is a solution however, and that solution is to get under your vehicle, roll up your sleeves and change that oil yourself. If the thought of changing your own oil scares you, fear not. The process is so simple that once you’ve actually done it yourself, you’ll wonder why you ever took your car to a mechanic in the first place.
The only things you’ll need to get the job done, are 5 quarts of oil which can be purchased from most auto parts stores for about $20. A new filter which will cost roughly $5. A pan to catch the old oil as it drains from your oil pan. A socket set. Something to help you tighten the filter down, and a container to store the oil in so that you can take it to a recycling center.
You can read the full guide by visiting Palmer Dodge and learn to change your own oil.