How to Change Oil on Chevrolet Cars

by Contributing Writer

Changing the oil in a Chevrolet car is important to properly maintain the vehicle in accordance with the Chevrolet car maintenance schedule. When you perform an oil change, old engine oil is drained and refilled and a new oil filter is installed. This ensures that the oil entering the engine is clean, which is important because engine oil provides the only lubrication that keeps bare metal from touching other metal in the engine. An oil change on a Chevrolet car should be completed when the information computer on the dashboard indicates that service is necessary.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change Oil on a Jeep Patriot

Instructions

Check the temperature display in the vehicle's dashboard and wait to change the oil when the gauge reads a lukewarm temperature. Otherwise, draining the dirty oil may burn your hand.

Put on two plastic gloves to keep your hands clean and slide under the vehicle from the front. If you can't get under the vehicle, raise the Patriot using a car jack and two jack stands, for stability.

Locate the oil pan, which looks like a large metal box just underneath the engine. A drain plug sticks out from the bottom. Stick the plastic bin underneath this plug.

Use the adjustable wrench to loosen the drain plug, turning counterclockwise. When the plugs loose, use your hand for the last few turns. The dirty oil will pour quickly out of the drain and splash on your fingers. Let the oil drain until nothing comes out and then replace the oil pan plug.

Locate the oil filter, which looks like a thick, white cylinder tucked beneath the engine. Slip the oil filter tool around the girth of it. Twist the tool counterclockwise until the filter is loose and finish with your hands.

Compare the old filter to the new filter for the same girth and height. Rub some clean oil on the seal of the new oil filter with your finger. Twist the new oil filter onto the engine mount with your hand to get the clasp started, and finish with the oil filter tool, turning clockwise.

Open your hood and locate the motor oil cap. Unscrew this and fill the engine with new oil. Replace the cap and pull out the dipstick, which has a yellow handle. The motor oil marking on the dipstick should be near the full tic on the head of the dipstick.

Items you will need

  • Replacement Filter

  • Filter Changing Tool

  • Funnel

  • Plastic Gloves

  • Paper Towels

  • Replacement Motor Oil

  • Plastic Bin

  • Adjustable Wrench

 Do It Yourself Oil Change on a 2008 Silverado

Three Ways to Raise the Front of a 2008 Silverado

Set the Silverado's emergency brake. Also, block off both sides of the rear tire diagonal to the jack using rocks, chocks or bricks. Place the jack about 5 inches behind the front wheel well on either the right or left side. You may see notches or marks under the car for where to put the jack. After jacking up the side, slide an extended jack stand next to the emergency jack. Lower the emergency jack, setting the car onto the jack stand. Repeat for the car's other side.

Drive the Silverado's front wheels onto drive-on ramps, as a second alternative. Prevent ramp movement during mounting by first putting rubber mats underneath. Don't use ramps on an incline. Downhill the ramps can flip and uphill they can be too steep to mount. Set the Silverado's emergency brake after the ramp mounting.

Use jackscrews as a third alternative. They rise and fall like an emergency jack but have a jack stand's stability. Place them under where the emergency jack would go.

Replacing the Oil

Run the Silverado's engine in neutral. Turn it off when the radiator fan comes on. (Warmed oil drains more thoroughly.) Wait five minutes for the motor oil to settle in the drain pan.

Unscrew the engine oil refill cap, on the left side of the engine. Don't remove it. You're merely allowing air in to help the oil drain.

Find the oil drain bolt under the Silverado's engine. It will likely be the lowest bolt you'll see on the oil tank. Tell it apart from the transmission fluid drain plug by feeling the metal around both. Metal around the former still feels hot from idling the engine in Step 1.

Loosen the oil drain bolt counterclockwise. Use a closed-end wrench if the bolt seems stuck. Manually unscrew the bolt once you place a drain pan underneath. While the oil is draining, proceed to Step 5.

Fit the oil filter wrench over the oil filter, which is also under the engine. The filter is a baseball-sized cylinder. Turn the filter wrench counterclockwise, preferably after inserting a socket wrench into the oil filter wrench's center hole, though this isn't necessary. Once loosened, screw the filter off by hand. Keep your face out from under the filter, which is full of skin-irritating, carcinogenic oil.

Take off the rubber O-ring that seals the filter with the engine. Wipe away remaining O-ring residue with a rag. Coat both sides of the new seal with clean oil, hold it in place in the engine cavity and screw on the new oil filter. For the 4.3-liter engine, use ACDelco filter PF47 (GM p/n 25010792). For larger engines, use ACDelco filter PF48 (GM p/n 89017524). When you start feeling turning resistance, turn an extra two-thirds of a revolution using the filter wrench. Don't overtighten; that could cause an oil leak. Once the oil has been draining a full hour, proceed to Step 7.

Screw in the oil drain bolt , preferably with a new washer. In case you're using a torque wrench, tighten the bolt to 27 to 29 foot-pounds. Edmunds recommends the washer replacement because these compressible washers wear fast.

Pour in 4.5 qts. of motor oil for the 4.3-liter engine and 6 qts. larger engines. Use SAE 5W-30 viscosity and look for the API for-gas-engines starburst label. Check that the oil meets GM Standard GM6094M. Use a funnel to pour it in where you unscrewed the refill cap. Check the dipstick---which is to the rear, slightly to the left---as the oil level get close to capacity. Make sure you don't overfill, which can impair mileage. Screw on the filler cap.

Idle the Silverado's engine in neutral until the radiator fan turns on. Check the oil filter and oil drain bolt for leakage. Lower the Silverado off any supports.

Put the car in "Park." Scroll to "Oil Life Remaining" on the DIC display. Press either the reset button on DIC or the odometer stem if there are no DIC buttons. Hold the button for five seconds to reset Engine Oil Life System.

Items you will need

  • Wheel chocks, bricks or rocks

  • 2 jack stands, 2 jack screws or 2 drive-on ramps

  • Emergency jack

  • Drain pan

  • Crescent wrench

  • Oil filter wrench that fits your filter

  • New drain bolt washer

  • Socket wrench

  • Rag

  • Engine oil filter

  • 4.5 to 6 qts. of SAE 5W-30 motor oil meeting GM standard GM6094M

  • Funnel

 How to Change the Oil on a 2006 Chevy Malibu

Open the 2006 Malibu's hood and remove the cap from the oil pour valve. The cap says "OIL" on the top of the cap in yellow writing. Place the cap on the edge of the engine compartment where you will not lose it, or where it will not fall into the engine compartment.

Raise the front left side of the Malibu's frame with the floor jack and rest the front left side of the frame onto the jack stand. Slide under the engine bring the drain pan with you. Locate the drain plug on the driver side of the oil pan and position the drain pan under the drain plug.

Remove the drain plug from the bottom of the Malibu's oil pan, using the ratchet set. Let all the engine oil drain completely from the engine's oil pan for about 5 minutes. Replace the oil pan's drain plug to the oil pan once the engine oil has completely drained.

Remove the oil filter using the oil filter tool. Place the ring on the end of the oil filter tool around the oil filter, pull the handle so that the ring tightens around the oil filter and twist the oil filter off the bottom of the engine. Fill the new oil filter up with new engine oil, rub oil around the rubber seal on the top of the oil filter and screw the new oil filter into the bottom of the engine.

Remove the oil drain pan out from under the engine. Using the jack, raise the front left side of the Malibu's frame and remove the jack stand. Lower the front left side of the Malibu's frame back to the ground.

Insert the oil funnel into the oil pour valve on the engine. If you are driving in cold weather, add 4-1/2 quarts of 5w30 engine oil into the engine. If you are driving in hot weather, add 4-1/2 quarts of 10w40 engine oil. Replace the oil pour valve's cap, start the engine and let the engine run for 5 minutes.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Drain pan

  • Ratchet set

  • Oil filter tool

  • New engine oil

  • New oil filter

 How to Change Oil in a Duramax Diesel Engine

Start the engine on your truck to let it warm up a little, then shut it off. You don't want it so hot that you get burned, but you want the oil warm enough to easily flow out of the pan. Remove the keys after you shut it off so that no one accidentally starts it while you are working on it.

Raise the front of the truck with a jack and support it on a set of jack stands. These are big trucks, so be sure you use stands that are rated for the weight of the truck. Chock the rear wheels to avoid the truck rolling or moving while you are under it.

Slide the drain pan under the oil pan drain plug located on the bottom of the pan. Loosen the drain plug using a socket and ratchet then turn the plug by hand, allowing the oil to drain into the pan.

Locate the oil filter on the engine block. You will find it on the passenger's side of the block above the pan. Loosen the filter with a filter wrench by turning it counter-clockwise. It may leak a little around the gasket as it is loosened so be sure to have your drain pan under it as it is removed.

Unscrew the filter by hand until it comes off the engine. Drop it straight down, keeping the top up to avoid oil spilling all over you, the truck and the ground.

Remove the new filter from the packaging and coat the rubber gasket with fresh oil. This will help it seal against the block when installed. Fill the filter with fresh oil to avoid running the engine dry on start up after you complete the oil change.

Install the filter by lifting it up into place and screwing it in using your hands. The filter only needs to be hand tight.

Reinstall the drain plug into the oil pan and tighten it until snug. Torque the drain plug to manufacturers specifications. These vary depending on the vehicle year, so check your owners manual or service manual for the correct specs for your truck.

Fill the engine with fresh oil until the dipstick indicates that it is full. Duramax Diesel engines hold between 10 and 10.5 quarts of oil with the filter. Once the engine is full, start it and let it run for two to three minutes to let the new oil circulate through the block.

Dispose of the old oil and filter by taking them to an approved oil recycling station or your local parts store if they offer this service.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Oil drain pan or bucket

  • Socket set

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Oil filter

  • Torque wrench

  • Oil

 How to Change the Oil in a Chevy HHR

Raise the hood. Remove the oil filter housing cap located to the right of the engine block. Use a 32mm socket to loosen the cap, and then remove by hand. The filter is attached to the cap, and will drip. Remove the filter and dispose of it. Replace the gasket on the oil filter cap as necessary (included with the purchase of the filter) while wiping fresh oil on the gasket. The gaskets are little black rubber bands that pop into place. Place a new filter onto the cap, and reinstall the cap. Tighten it to 16 foot-pounds with a torque wrench.

Drive the vehicle onto a pair of car ramps, and engage the emergency brake.

Slide the tools and oil bucket under the engine. Place the bucket beneath the oil plug, located on the passenger side of the engine facing the rear of the vehicle.

Loosen and remove the oil drain plug with the 15mm socket. Set to the side. Allow all the fluid to drain until only a few drops are coming out. Replace the oil drain plug, and tighten to 18 foot pounds of torque.

Remove the oil fill cap, labelled and top center of the engine, and add five quarts of SAE 5w30. Replace the oil cap. Start the vehicle, and allow it to run for two minutes. Monitor the plug and oil filter for signs of leaks. Any leaks noticed would be a result of a loose bolt or cap or a damaged gasket. Tighten or replace as necessary and recheck. Close the hood. Back off of the ramps.

Items you will need

  • Car ramps

  • Ratchet

  • Torque wrench

  • 15mm socket

  • 32mm socket

  • Oil pan

  • WIX 57082 Oil Filter

  • 5 quarts SAE 5w30

 How to Change Oil in a 2005 Chevrolet Impala

Position the ramp lifts in front of the front tires. Drive the 2005 Chevrolet Impala onto the ramp lifts. Set the parking brake. Position the drain pan under the oil pan's drain plug. Remove the plug and allow the engine oil to completely drain. Replace the plug to the oil pan.

Unscrew the oil filter and pull it off of the engine. Fill the new oil filter with engine oil and screw it into the engine. Get out from underneath the 2005 Chevrolet Impala. Remove the drain pan from under the 2005 Chevrolet Impala and back the 2005 Chevrolet Impala off of the ramp lifts.

Open the 2005 Chevrolet Impala's hood and remove the oil pour valve cap. Insert the funnel into the pour valve. Pour 4.5 quarts of engine oil into the funnel. Remove the funnel and replace the pour valve's cap. Close the hood and start the engine to circulate the new engine oil.

Items you will need

  • 2 Ramp lifts

  • Drain pan

  • Ratchet set

  • New oil filter

  • 5 quarts 10W40 engine oil

 How To Change the Oil in a 2006 Chevy Colorado

Position a drain pan beneath the oil-pan drain plug about halfway back from the front of the engine on the driver side. Remove the oil-pan drain plug with a wrench.

Wait while the oil drains completely from the oil pan. Replace and tighten the oil-pan drain plug once the oil has stopped draining.

Locate the oil filter near the front of the engine compartment on the passenger side. Remove the old oil filter with an oil-filter wrench. Wipe the filter-mounting area with a clean, dry cloth.

Spread a thin layer of clean oil on the gasket of the new oil filter. Screw the new filter into the mounting area until it is hand-tight. Turn the filter an additional one-half turn to secure it in place.

Open the hood of your Colorado. Open the oil-fill cap and add up to six quarts of 5W-30 oil to the engine. Check the engine oil level between each quart to avoid overfilling the engine. Replace the fill cap when the oil level is full.

Items you will need

  • Oil drain pan

  • Wrench set

  • Oil-filter wrench

  • Clean, dry cloth

  • Oil filter

  • 6 quarts 5W-30 oil

 How to Change the Oil for a 2008 Impala

Lift the hood and remove the oil filler cap. Raise the front of the car and place jack stands under the sub frame. Lower the car so that it rests on the jack stands.

Place the drain pan under the oil pan. Remove the oil drain plug, using a wrench. Allow 15 minutes for it to drain. Replace the drain plug and tighten just until it is snug. Do not over-tighten it, because there are only 3 to 4 threads in the pan, and they strip easily.

Move the drain pan under the oil filter, which is close to the radiator on the passenger side. Remove the oil filter, using the filter wrench, and dispose of it properly.

Spread a little oil on the oil filter gasket. Install the new oil filter. Tighten the filter hand-tight only.

Pull the drain pan out from under the car and lower the car to the ground. Place the funnel in the oil filler tube and fill the engine with 5 quarts of oil. Install the oil filler cap.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Funnel

  • 5 quarts of 5W30 synthetic oil

  • Oil filter

  • Set of wrenches

  • Drain pan

  • Clean rag

 How to Change Oil on a 1997 S10

Drive the S10 a couple of miles to warm the engine oil, unless the engine is already warm. Avoid changing the oil if the engine is extremely hot.

Drive the S10 up onto car ramps and apply the parking brake. Release the primary hood latch before exiting the vehicle.

Open the hood. Remove the oil fill cap.

Put on the latex gloves. Crawl under the S10 with the drain pan, 15 mm wrench, screwdriver, oil filter wrench, shop rags and replacement oil filter.

Align the drain pan beneath the oil pan. It is located rear center of lower engine. Remove the oil drain plug with the wrench by turning it counterclockwise. Oil will pour out quickly once the plug is removed, so be sure to realign the drain pan if necessary. Allow the oil to drain to an infrequent drip. This will take a few minutes.

Replace the oil drain plug and tighten it with the wrench. Wipe the oil pan off with the shop rags to avoid getting spent oil dripping on the ground.

Move the drain pan slightly forward, toward the front of the vehicle. Align it under the oil filter door on the splash guard. The door is marked "Oil Filter Access."

Turn the screw on the door counterclockwise a half-turn with the screwdriver. The door will pivot down and reveal the oil filter above.

Turn the oil filter counterclockwise with the oil filter wrench to break it loose. Then use a hand to continue unscrewing it. A small amount of oil will begin to drain from the filter and the filter housing. Be careful not to let the filter slip and splash into the spent oil in the drain pan. Inspect the old oil filter and/or oil filter flange to ensure the old gasket came down with the filter. If not, reach up and remove the gasket from the flange.

Apply a light, even coat of the spent oil on the gasket of the new filter and hand-tighten it onto the oil filter flange. Do not use the wrench to tighten the filter. It should be snug, but using the wrench will over-tighten it, and it will be much harder to remove on the next oil change. Wipe any oil spills from the access door or ground with the rags before replacing the door and turning the screw clockwise a half-turn with the screwdriver.

Crawl out from under the S10 with the tools and drain pan.

Place a funnel in the oil fill spout in the engine compartment. Add 4.5 qts. of the 5W30 engine oil to the engine. Pour slowly to avoid the funnel spilling over. Remove the funnel and replace the oil fill cap.

Start the engine and allow it to run for 10 to 20 seconds. If desired, exit the vehicle while the engine is running and check underneath the engine to ensure no oil is dripping from the filter or oil pan plug.

Release the parking brake and back the S10 down off the ramps so the vehicle is level. Shut the engine off and wait a couple of minutes to allow the oil to settle. Check the dipstick (driver's side edge of the engine with a yellow plastic ring handle). Wipe the dipstick clean with a shop rag, reinsert it fully into the dipstick tube and extract it again. Look at the bottom of the dipstick to ensure the oil level is near the top ("Full") section of the crosshatches at the bottom of the dipstick. Add more oil if necessary. The 1997 4.3 L engine takes 4.5 qts. of motor oil.

Items you will need

  • Two car ramps

  • Latex gloves

  • Drain pan

  • 15 mm wrench

  • Shop rags

  • Slotted screwdriver

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Replacement oil filter

  • Funnel

  • 5 qts. 5W30 oil

 How to Change the Oil in an 07 Trailblazer SS

Open the TrailBlazer's hood and unscrew the plastic thumbscrew in the center of the plastic engine cover. Pull the driver's side of the engine cover upward to disengage it from its fastener. Pivot the front of the engine cover upward and pull it from its bracket. Place the engine cover in a secure location.

Find the oil filler cap on the passenger's side of the engine. Loosen the oil filler cap and pull it from the oil filler tube.

Raise the front of the TrailBlazer with a floor jack and set jack stands under the vehicle's frame rails. Lower the SUV onto the jack stands.

Crawl beneath the vehicle and find the oil pan -- the metal pan on the bottom of the engine. Find the oil drain plug -- on the bottom of the oil pan --using a combination wrench. Position a drain pan under the drain plug and loosen the plug with a combination wrench. Remove the drain plug by hand.

Allow the oil to drain from the pan until only slow drips of oil come from the pan. Clean the drain plug threads with a clean, lint-free cloth and hand-tighten the drain plug into the oil pan. Tighten the drain plug to 18 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and six-point socket.

Slide towards the rear of the engine, and find the oil filter on the driver's side of the engine. Position the drain pan under the oil filter and loosen it with an oil filter wrench. Allow all of the oil to drain from the filter and remove the filter by hand. Place the oil filter into the drain pan.

Apply a thin coat of new oil to the O-ring on the base of the new oil filter, using your fingers. Clean the oil filter-mounting base on the engine, using a clean, lint-free cloth. Hand-tighten the oil filter onto the oil filter-mounting base. Tighten the oil filter to 22 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and oil filter cup.

Raise the front of the TrailBlazer from the jack stands, using a floor jack, and pull the jack stands from under the vehicle. Lower the vehicle to the ground.

Insert a funnel into the oil filler tube and pour 6 qts. of 5W-30 synthetic engine oil meeting GM Standard GM4718M into the engine.

Allow the oil to settle for about a minute and pull the dipstick from the TrailBlazer's engine. Wipe the oil from the end of the dipstick, using a clean, lint-free cloth, and reinsert the dipstick. Pull the dipstick out and verify that the oil is within, or slightly above, the crosshatched area on the end of the dipstick. Add more oil as needed and reinsert the engine oil dipstick.

Remove the funnel from the oil filler tube and tighten the oil filler cap onto the oil filler tube.

Start the engine and allow it to run for about two minutes. Check for oil leaks as the engine idles. Shut the engine off and wait about one minute, as the oil settles. Remove the dipstick, and verify that the oil level reaches the crosshatched area on the dipstick. Add more oil to the engine, if needed.

Insert the tabs on the rear of the engine cover into the engine cover bracket on top of the engine. Pivot the engine cover downward, and press the driver's side of the cover down until it's in place. Tighten the thumbscrew into the hole in the center of the engine cover.

Insert a funnel into an empty oil bottle and fill the bottle with old oil in the drain pan. Once full, tighten the bottle's cap. Repeat this step until you transfer all of the old oil into the empty oil bottles.

Take the bottles of old oil and the old oil filter to a used automotive oil-recycling center for disposal. Many auto parts stores take old oil free of charge.

Reset the Oil Change Light

Insert the key in the TrailBlazer's ignition and turn it to the "Run" position.

Press and release the brake pedal three times within three seconds of turning the ignition to "Run."

Observe as the "Change Engine Oil" starts flashing. Turn the ignition to the "Lock" position once the "Change Engine Oil" light stops flashing.

Remove the key from the ignition.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Drain pan

  • Combination wrench

  • Torque wrench

  • Oil filter wrench

  • 6 qts. 5W-30 synthetic engine oil meeting GM Standard GM4718M

  • New oil filter

  • Oil filter cup

  • Funnel

  • Clean, lint-free cloth

 How to Change the Oil in a 2007 Cobalt

Drive the Chevy Cobalt onto a set of ramps and secure the parking brake.

Remove the oil filler cap on the top of the engine. The cap recesses into the engine cover. Removing the filler cap reduces the suction on the oil system and allows the oil to flow out of the oil pan faster.

Remove the oil pan drain plug on the bottom, backside of the oil pan with a 15 mm socket and ratchet. Drain the engine oil into a drain pan and then tighten the drain plug.

Pull the engine cover off the engine. The cover secures using a series of clips. When you pull up on the cover, the clips pull free of the engine. This exposes the oil filter housing.

Remove the cap from the oil filter housing using a 32 mm socket and ratchet. The cap is just in front of the yellow transmission dipstick.

Remove the wing nut that secures the oil filter onto the cap, pull the filter off the cap and then place the new filter onto the cap. Tighten it in place with the wing nut.

Remove the old filter cap o-ring and place the new o-ring onto the cap. Lubricate the cap with a little motor oil.

Place the filter into the filter housing and tighten the cap with the 32 mm socket.

Drain 4 qts. of 5W30 engine oil into the oil filler cap.

Place the engine cover back on top of the engine and snap it into place. Thread the oil filler cap back onto the top of the engine.

Items you will need

  • Ramps

  • Drain pan

  • 15 mm socket

  • 32 mm socket

  • Oil filter

  • Oil filter o-ring

  • 4 qts. 5W30 engine oil

  • Funnel

 How to Change the Oil in a 2003 Chevy Silverado

Remove the oil filler cap. The filler cap is located under the hood on the engine’s valve cover. Taking off the cap allows oil to drain from the engine more quickly.

Lift the vehicle using a jack. You should be able to complete a Silverado oil change without using a jack to raise the vehicle. However, if you cannot access the oil pan with the vehicle lowered, raise each front side of the Silverado with a jack before placing jack stands underneath both sides of the front axle.

Remove the oil pan drain plug. The plug is located on the rear of the oil pan, facing the back of the vehicle. As the plug is loosened, oil will begin to shoot out of it, so make sure that a drain pan is placed underneath the drain plug.

Remove the old oil filter. This should be done using a band-type oil filter wrench. Once you break the filter loose, you should be able to finish loosening it by hand. Make sure that the rubber gasket from the old filter is removed from the engine block.

Install the new oil filter. Lubricate the rubber seal on the new filter with clean engine oil. Thread the oil filter on until it is hand tight, and then make it snug by using the oil filter wrench. Don't turn it more than 1/4 turn past finger tight with the wrench, though--overtightening the filter can crimp the flow of oil through it.

Install the oil pan drain plug. Once the new filter is installed, most of the oil should be out of the engine. Reinstall the drain plug, tightening it by hand and making it snug using a ratchet and socket.

Add oil. Depending on whether you have a 4.3 liter, 4.8 liter or 5.3 liter engine, fill the engine oil to the level noted in the owner's manual.

Check for leaks. Briefly start the engine and check for leaks around the drain plug or oil filter. If there are leaks, make sure that the drain plug and filter are threaded properly.

Lower the Silverado. If you placed the Silverado on jack stands to complete the service, lower the truck using a hydraulic jack.

Check oil level. With the truck lowered off the jack stands and on level ground, check the oil level. It should be between the low and full marks on the dipstick. If the oil is below this range, add a little bit of oil and recheck with the dipstick each time you add more oil.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Ratchet and socket set

  • Engine oil

  • Oil filter

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Drain pan

 How to Change the Oil on a 2007 Tundra 4.7L V8

Open the Tundra's hood and unscrew the oil filler cap from the top driver's side of the engine.

Raise the front of the Tundra, using a floor jack, and set jack stands under the truck's frame rails. Lower the Toyota onto the jack stands.

Crawl beneath the Tundra and find the skid plate near the front of the truck. Remove the three screws on the front of the skid plate, using a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the five remaining bolts securing the skid plate -- two in the front and three in the rear -- using a ratchet and socket.

Push the skid plate upward to disengage its retaining hook. Push the skid plate toward the driver's side until the retaining hook lines up with the slot in the frame, and pull the skid plate down from the truck.

Find the oil pan -- the large metal pan -- on the bottom of the engine. Position a drain pan under the oil drain plug, which is on the rear of the oil pan. Loosen the drain plug, using a combination wrench, and remove the drain plug by hand. Allow all of the oil to drain from the oil pan.

Pull the old gasket off the drain plug. Wipe the old oil off the drain plug's threads, using a clean, lint-free cloth, and slide a new gasket onto the drain plug. Hand-thread it into the drain pan, then tighten it to 29 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and a six-point socket.

Slide toward the front of the engine, and find the oil filter -- a roughly 5-inch-long metal cylinder. Position the drain pan under the oil filter, and loosen the filter with a ratchet and Toyota special service tool No. 09228-07501. Allow all of the oil to drain from the oil filter, then remove it by hand. Set the oil filter in the drain pan.

Wipe the oil filter-mounting base and stud with a clean, lint-free cloth. Coat the O-ring on the new oil filter with new engine oil, using your fingers. Hand-tighten the oil filter onto the oil filter stud. Tighten the oil filter to 13 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and Toyota special service tool No. 09228-07501.

Insert the skid plate's hooks through the slots on the front, underside of the Tundra. Slide the skid plate toward the passenger's side to lock the hooks into place. Hand-tighten the five bolts and three screws to hold the skid plate in place. Tighten the five bolts to 21 foot-pounds with a torque wrench and socket, and tighten the three screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

Raise the truck off the jack stands, using a floor jack, and remove the jack stands from under the Tundra. Lower the Toyota to the ground.

Insert a funnel into the oil filler hole and pour 6 qts. of 5W-30 engine oil into the engine. Wait about two minutes to allow the oil to settle in the engine. Pull the oil dipstick from the engine, and wipe the old oil off the dipstick. Reinsert the dipstick, and remove it again. Verify that the oil level is near or slightly above the top line on the dipstick.

Start the engine, and allow it to idle for about two minutes. Check the underside of the truck for oil leaks as the engine idles. Shut the engine down and wait another two minutes for the oil to settle. Remove the oil dipstick, and wipe the oil off it with a clean, lint-free cloth, and reinsert it. Remove the dipstick and verify that the oil level is between at the upper mark on the dipstick. Add more oil as needed. Remove the funnel from the filler hole, and tighten the oil filler cap into the filter hole.

Insert a funnel into an empty 5W-30 oil bottle, and fill the bottle with old oil from the drain pan. Once full, remove the funnel and tighten the bottle's cap. Repeat this step until you transfer all of the oil from the drain pan into the empty oil bottles.

Drop the old oil and oil filter off at a used oil-recycling center. Some auto parts stores take old oil free of charge.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Ratchet

  • six-point Socket set

  • Drain pan

  • Combination wrench

  • Torque wrench

  • New drain plug gasket

  • Clean, lint-free cloths

  • Toyota special service tool No. 09228-07501

  • 6 qts. 5W-30 engine oil

  • New oil filter

  • Funnel

 How to Change the Oil in a 2005 Chevy Malibu 2.2

Apply the parking brake and run the engine for approximately five minutes if the engine is cold. Warming the engine oil will allow it to drain more quickly from the oil pan.

Shut off the engine off (if applicable) and open the hood. Remove the oil fill cap on top of the valve cover.

Lift up the front of the Malibu with the jack (one front quarter at a time) and support the car down onto jack stands placed under each front frame rail.

Put on the safety glasses and latex gloves and crawl under the front of the Malibu with the 15 mm wrench, drain pan and shop rags.

Align the drain pan below the oil pan drain plug and remove the plug with the wrench. Allow several minutes for the oil to drain thoroughly from the pan until it is sporadically dripping. Replace the drain pan plug and tighten it snugly with the wrench. Wipe off any dripping oil from the pan and under the engine frame.

Crawl out from under the Malibu with the items and then lower the Malibu back to the ground.

Locate the oil filter housing at the front lower center of the engine. It is located on the right hand side (facing the engine) of the air tube running to the throttle body. A large black cover with a 1 1/4-inch hex-head top indicates the oil filter housing cover. Remove the cover with the ratchet, extension and shallow 1 1/4-inch socket.

Pull the old oil filter out of the housing and discard it. Remove the old gasket from the oil filter housing cover and replace it with the new one supplied in the replacement oil filter cartridge. Push the replacement filter into the oil filter housing until the tab snaps into place. Replace the cover and tighten with the ratchet, extension and socket.

Add four quarts of 5W30 engine oil, using the funnel placed in the oil fill spout. Replace the oil fill cap and then start the engine for 10 to 15 seconds.

Remove the dipstick (yellow handle located on the passenger side of the front engine) and wipe the dipstick clean with a shop rag. Reinsert it fully into the dipstick tube and remove it again. Check the bottom of the dipstick. Add more oil if necessary until the oil level is in the top of the crosshatch marks indicating "FULL." Remove the funnel and shop rag, replace the oil fill cap and close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands (2)

  • Latex gloves

  • Safety glasses

  • Drain pan

  • 15 mm hand wrench

  • Shop rags

  • Ratchet, 10-inch extension, shallow 1 1/4-inch socket

  • Replacement oil filter cartridge

  • 5 quarts of 5W30 oil

  • Funnel

 How to Change the Oil on a 2008 Chevy Duramax Diesel

Park the truck on a flat and level surface. Pull the keys out of the ignition to prevent someone else from starting the truck by accident.

Slide a drain pan under the engine to catch the oil. The drain pan is located at the bottom of the engine. The Duramax diesel holds up to 10 quarts so the pan needs to be big enough to catch that much oil.

Locate the drain plug at the bottom of the engine. Unscrew the drain plug with a crescent wrench. Allow all the oil to drain out. Screw the drain plug back into the pan and tighten with a socket wrench. Do not over-tighten the plug as it may damage the threads on the pan.

Unscrew the oil filter with an oil filter wrench. Place the old filter with the waste oil.

Pour a quart of engine oil in to the new filter. Dab some oil on your finger and rub it on the black gasket. This will lubricate the gasket and make removal during the next oil change interval easier. Screw the new oil filter to the housing by hand. Do not wrench-tighten as this will strip the threads on the filter.

Open the hood for access to the engine compartment. Unscrew the oil filler cap located on the valve covers. Pour in nine quarts of oil in to the engine.

Pull the engine oil dipstick to check the oil level. Where the oil stops on the dipstick will designate the oil level. Pour in oil at half-quart intervals if the level does not read "full." Check the level each time oil is added.

Start the truck and allow it to idle for five minutes. Check the oil level after turning the truck off and allowing it to sit for five additional minutes.

Items you will need

  • Drain pan

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

  • Oil filter

  • 11 quarts of 15W40 engine oil