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How hard it can be? Changing oil by yourself?

Just looking for some input. Especially after reading the thread about oil filters it made me think again...
How messy it really is to change the oil on the driveway by myself?
I've never done it before because I always considered it to be the worst part of car service and it was just easy enough to stop by at the local dealer and wait for 15 minutes while they do it. I did brakes, electric work, electronics, but nothing that involves oil
Now with the new job and not enough time during the day I am really considering doing it myself. My other option is those quick oilchange places but I never trusted them and I really don't want to go that route. so:

Is it even possible to change oil without jacks and without having oil all over the driveway?
What is the process?
What do you use and how do you dispose of the old oil except dumping it on your neighbors property or using it to start fires
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I just go to the dealer, it's 25 bucks & u don't gotta deal with it. I do recOmmend u learn how to do it tho.

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BUT, if you do it yourself, you know what went into your car.

On the V6, you do need to raise one side of the car a few inches to access the drain (or be awful skinny). The rest of the work is on top.

Tools -- you need a 17 mm wrench for the drain plug, a 10 mm nut wrench (or socket) to remove the plastic engine cover, and a cup wrench or band wrench to remove the filter cover/cap.

Not spilling any oil is an art - Walmart sells a wide covered drain pan which helps. Also, let the filter ass'y drain well before extracting from engine (and hold it over a newspaper).

I recommend factory oem filters and synthetic oil - and again, you will know what went in to your engine. For me, at least, this is vy. impt.
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Yes be sure the Hyundai Dealership u go to uses oil coz some add water LMAO


U can also take ur own oil so they can use, like I do. My car only uses Amsoil oil.

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I've always changed my own oil without any problems UNTIL I bought a Sonata and had it done once at the dealership. They put the filter on so tight it took two different filter wrenches and the total destruction of the old filter to get it off. Stupid! I've never had a problem and have always used 'hand tight' as a rule. Make sure you have the correct size filter wrench. I have found different filters are different sizes, e.g. Fram isn't the same size as Wik, neither the same size as OEM, etc. Lastly, make sure the engine is cool before you begin. Hot oil on your hand in the driveway is no different than in the kitchen!
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Well, I was going to the dealer for 5 years. And it's not 25 bucks, more like 65 for mobile1 that I use... hopefully use
My problem is not the 65 bucks obviously, but time. I used to work in the same town so it was easy. Now I have to drive 20 miles each way on Sat morning to get it done. It sucks.

kn5owa,
So you're saying that I can get by with just a little floor jack under one side? This is great. I always though I had to keep the car level when draining.. Does it matter?

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I have the same exact thoughts but it's easier said than done. How exactly you can make sure? Bringing your own oil is great but you still don't know what exactly is used in your car and what is going into your mechanic's car It's easy enough to grab the 4 bottles of your expensive synthetic oil and pour 4 bottles of the cheapest valvoline in your car.
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Well, I was going to the dealer for 5 years. And

kn5owa,
So you're saying that I can get by with just a little floor jack under one side? This is great. I always though I had to keep the car level when draining.. Does it matter?
I've been doing it that way for years - I raise the passenger side just a few inches. The plug is at the rear end of the pan at the lowest pt.
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If you plan on doing diy oil changes, buy car ramps. I can't picture myself jacking up a car to do a simple oil change. With ramps, it takes me less than 15 min to change the oil and filter. Sometimes a few drops of oil might spill while changing the filter, flattened cardboard boxes work great to catch any minor spills. Make sure you get a new crush washer for the drain plug when you buy the oil filter. I would not want to be working under a car held only by a jack, its dangerous to be under a car held by only a jack. Ramps and jack stands are safer.

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