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DIY Oil Change

Don't pay someone to change your oil. Do it yourself.

  1. What Does Motor Oil Do?

    Learn what's new in motor oil (a lot!), what oil does and doesn't do, how often you need to change it and how the right type can help your engine's performance.

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  1. How to Remove a Stubborn Oil Filter


    Get a better grip on stuck oil filters by adding a strip of coarse sandpaper to your oil filter wrench...or buy a special high-grip wrench.

  2. How to Change Car Oil


    Regular oil changes prolong the life of your car. Save time and money by doing this 20-minute job yourself. And you'll know that it was done right!

  3. High-Mileage Motor Oil and Oil Filters


    High-mileage oil and oil filters, which fight corrosion and other problems caused by combustion gases, can be especially useful in older cars. Here's how (and why) they work.

  4. Car Care: How to Pour Oil


    Believe it or not, there's a right way and a wrong way to pour oil from a plastic bottle into your car's engine. By holding the container properly, you can actually eliminate those messy gurgles.

  5. Avoid Sludge in Your Engine: Racing Oil is for Racing


    Racing oil is a special blend for the rigors of high speeds. Regular motor oil is better for your engine under ordinary conditions.

  6. DIY Car Maintenance - How to Change Your Car Oil Yourself


    One of the most critical maintenance chores for cars is changing the oil regularly. Learn how to change your own oil quickly and without getting too dirty. You'll save money and extend the life of your car by thousands of miles.

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