How to change car oil without jack

Changing your car’s oil is one of the simplest and most important maintenance activities you can do. It will make sure that your engine lasts longer, runs cleaner, and makes less noise.

Here is how you can change car oil without jack.

Find a level surface

Place your jack on the ground as close to the car as possible

Use a piece of wood or cardboard to provide stability for the jack and prevent it from sinking into soft soil

Raise the car high enough so you can get under it with plenty of room to work

Remove oil cap and drain plug, loosen filter and remove it completely

Fill new filter with fresh motor oil (do not overfill) and replace all three parts in reverse order before lowering vehicle back down onto its wheels again

Can you change engine oil without a jack?

The simplest way is to carry the correct tools in your vehicle for this process.

It’s really just tough on your back and not worth it. Plus, you gotta take care of yourself–you’re one person that has to do all the heavy lifting around here!

Or, you can find something hefty enough to lift up your car so you don’t have to…but again you’ll need the right equipment. If this is an impossibility, then I might suggest putting off oil changes until after saving up some money for a pro technician.


When you get your oil changed, it’s important to follow the technician’s instructions and keep track of when you should change your next oil. If you were not sure about how to exactly change car oil without a jack, we have showed you in this article

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to lift a car for an oil change?

Probably not.
Most modern cars have an accessible oil filter, in which case you only need to lift the car in order to adjust it so that it’s at about a 45-degree angle in relation to the ground. If there are no handholds underneath or near your car, then you’ll want to put something under your jack before lifting your car off the ground.
Steven Hatman
Steven Hatman

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