How to Give Your Car a White Collar Oil Change

I have been on the road a lot lately. For those of you that follow this blog and my tweets, you know that I have been quite the busy man and have been doing my fair share of traveling. In the midst of all of my travels, I realized that my MKV Jetta was in desperate need of an oil change. Being that I enjoy rolling up my sleeves and diving under the hood, I decided that I would do my own oil change to make all right with "Clara" and fulfil my need to further bond with my vehicle.

As I was shopping for the proper oil and related accessories, I began to ponder about the (many) people in the city who do not have the space to perform their own oil change or those who simply aren't mechanically inclined. Thinking that there must be an easier  way for those lacking in tools, space, or inclination, to perform their own oil change, I decided to do a quick search of YouTube for ideas. Surprisingly, inspiration lent itself in the form of a manual fluid extractor. One quick call to my best friend (and amazingly talented mechanic) Tim at One Powersports, and a manually operated fluid extractor was soon in my possession.

With all of the necessary parts and accessories on hand, it was now time to open up the hood and share with my loyal followers what I like to call a "White Collar Oil Change." In case you are wondering as to why I call it this, it is because your hands and clothes hardly get dirty and the level of technical knowledge to perform this level of maintenance is on par with (or easier than) assembling a bookcase from Ikea.  To be honest, most vehicles do not have their oil filters located atop the motor, but for us lucky ones- enjoy following along as I show you just how easy and cost effective it is to change your oil anywhere.

Before you get started by following along in the galley below, you will need the following items:

  • A vehicle in need of an oil change
  • Motor oil
  • Oil filter
  • Oil filter wrench
  • A fluid extractor (big enough to hold all of your used oil)
  • Disposable, nitrile gloves
  • Disposable shop towels
  • Funnel (optional)
  • Tarp for under your vehicle (optional, but highly recommended to prevent oil from spilling)

I will also remind you that every vehicle is different and has its own unique set of specifications, so please refer to your owner's manual prior to purchasing oil and filters to ensure that you are meeting (or exceeding) engineering specifications. Also, if you have any questions or want to brag about your successful "WCOC," please feel free to contact me via the comment section below.

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