Why I Started Changing My Own Oil

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Over the last few years I've been making a lot of changes to simplify our lives. A lot of this stems from the fact that we have a special needs child, and some things that seem like easy tasks for some people are huge burdens to us.

One of those things is getting the oil changed in my car. Most oil change places require you to get out of your car and wait in a waiting room while the oil is being changed. The transition from the car to a waiting room is a pretty hard one for Em, and it's very unpredictable if she's going to be content and happy, or have a huge meltdown while we're in there.

I found a place in town that lets you stay in your car for the oil change, but they also cost twice as much as anyone else in town, so it wasn't a very good long term option. A few months ago I remembered that one of my friends in college always changed my oil for me, and I figured if he could do it in our dorm parking lot, that I could easily do it myself at home. Even better, I realized I would never have to leave my house to get the things I needed since you can now get Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic oil on Walmart.com, and have it shipped directly to my house! You can also choose in-store pickup, or curbside pickup, which means you can pick the option that best fits your lifestyle! 

Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil with with PurePlus® Technology keeps pistons up to 30% cleaner than required by the toughest industry standard and keeps your engine cleaner than any leading synthetic oil. This means that you can drive up to 550 more miles per year since it helps clear out all the sludge that's left behind from other oils. 

If you're in the market for making your life a little easier, here are the really easy, and basic steps you need for changing the oil in your car. As a disclaimer, this is not a complete guide, but the basics of what you need. Always check with your vehicles manufacturers for complete vehicle regulations concerning oil changes. 

Step 1: Place a plastic sheet and a tray under your car to catch any oil spillage.
Step 2: Unscrew the filter from the car and allow the excess oil to pour into the tray.
Step 3: Replace the old filter with a new one, and secure it to the vehicle.

Step 4: Pour the oil into the oil spout for your car. To avoid spills, use a funnel to make this easier.

Step 5: Use your car's dipstick to check the oil level. If the oil level is full, you're oil change is complete!

What things have you done to save time and money in your home? I love how much money I save by changing my own oil, and that I can order my Pennzoil Oil and everything I need from Walmart.com!


  1. I am not that brave to change the oil. And I don't even know if it is a simple operation! But I am checking the level.

  2. I need to learn to change oil in my car... and do a whole load of other stuff on my car that I am clueless people about!! haha


  3. You go girl! I think all girls should know how to do this! Girl power :)
    Courtney || https://courtneylivin.com/

  4. Great tips! I love using Walmart.com to save time, too, but I didn't realize until recently that I could get my oil online, too. Talk about easy! Thanks so much for sharing! #client