I admire your desire to do this yourself. BUT. Having been there and done that, here are my thoughts -- are you prepared to do all other routine maintenance chores as well? I stopped doing my own oil changes when I realized it meant I was not getting other things checked over, lubed, etc. - the things that a reliable place will do as part of the oil chanage. And things that took a little more knowledge than an oil change. Maybe cars are not "lubed" any more. They were still being "lubed" regularly when I was changing my own oil and I had no clue where I would start. Furthermore, it really was a hassle. No matter what differnt kind of oil filter wrench I bought, none ever made it easy. Then there is the hassle of making sure the filter is on tight enough to not leak but not so tight as to cause damage. Then there is the mess. You have to find somewhere to get rid of the oil. All this will take you much longer than finding a good shop that can get to know your car and do all this and more.There is the time spent, the mess, the investment in tools, the research or worrying about what else needs to be done.After a few years, I felt I was doing myself -- or certainly my pickup -- a disservice. All in all, we (my vehicle and I) are much better off having a good shop take care of all of "most" of my automotive maintenance.
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