The Oil Change
This procedure is fairly simple. You drain the dirty oil from your engine, replace the oil filter, and then fill your engine back up with clean oil. Sounds easy enough, eh?
It can be tricky, but most people who can operate a socket and don't mind getting a little dirty will have no trouble changing their own oil. You'll also find how inexpensive it is!
The owner's manual for my 1996 Town Car says it holds 5 quarts of oil. Check your owner's manual for your car! You don't want to over or under fill your oil.
I went to my local auto parts store and found an oil filter that is supposed to fit my car. It's made by Pennzoil and is model number PZ-42, comes in a yellow box, costing less then $5. Fram, in the orange box, is also a good choice at similar prices.
I also picked up a oil filter wrench to remove and install the filteron the car. You usually can't turn them by hand because they're too tight--you need this wrench to grip the filter and then turn it with a socket. These tools look like a little bowl with a square hole in the bottom. They can be found for less then $10.
Properly dispose of your oily rangs and oil filter, and mark in your service records your work done today. You're set for another 3000-4000 miles!
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