Chaning the engine oil yourself is a great way to save money on car maintenance. We often have members ask what tools are needed to change oil and filter yourself. For this reason, we have put together this list.
Tools you need to change oil
Ramps or Jack
If you are just starting out with DIY auto repair, it is recommended to use rams as they are safer to use. You can also use a floor jack.
Jack stands are a must. Do not get under a car if it is not supported by jack stands. Always secure the car with jack stands.
Oil filter wrench
You need an oil filter wrench to remove the oil filter. If you know the size of the oil filter, the best oil filter wrench to use is a cap design that sits on the filter. If you don't, you can use a universal style oil filter wrench. There are several oil filter wrench designs such as:
- Three leg oil filter wrench
- Rubber strap oil wrench
- Oil filter pliers
Our recommendation is to use oil filter pliers as they work a lot better than the other designs. For example, these Tekton 12-inch oil filter pliers have great reviews, and that's because they work great and are cheap.
Oil drain pan
You will need an oil catch pan to collect all the old oil. Make sure the capacity of the drain pain is larger than the oil in your car. For example, don't buy a five-quart oil catch pan if you know your engine holds seven quarts.
Don't bother buying mechanic's gloves for changing the oil on your car. They will get dirty, and you will never use them more than once. Instead get a box of latex gloves that you can use over and over.
Socket tool set
You will need a socket set that comes with 10mm-19mm socket and ratchet. The engine splash shield is typically held in place with 10mm bolts.
In some cases, it is held in place by plastic retainers.
You will also need either a 13mm, 15mm or 17 mm socket to remove the oil drain pan. If you don't have a good tool set, spend a few minutes to read our article on Choosing the best toolset for DIY auto repair.
You will need new oil and oil filter. Synthetic oil strongly recommended. To find out the oil grade look on the cap of the engine filler hole. It will say 0W-20 or 5W-30.
You can also find the required oil type and capacity in your owner's manual.
Get a new replacement filter. The oil filter is different for each car. When you go to your auto parts store or your local Walmart, they have catalogs where you can look up the oil filter you need.
Use any of these online tools to find the oil filter needed: