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Frequent oil changes are the best preventative maintenance the home mechanic can give the engine, because old oil becomes contaminated and or burnt, which leads to premature engine wear. Performing simple maintenance such as changing the oil can save hundreds of dollars over time, as well as building self-confidence in one's mechanical abilities.

Changing the oil is a simple, but very important process. It involves draining then refilling the oil and changing the oil filter, but before starting one is going to need clean oil and a new oil filter as well as a few hand tools. Depending on what kind of car one has determines exactly what type of filter and oil one needs. Any auto parts store will gladly be of assistance in purchasing the right product for one's vehicle. Also necessary is a drain pan, gloves, oil filter wrench, ratchet, and several assorted size sockets.

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