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I will try to change the engine oil without jack by myself. Is it possible without jack and work to change engine oil ?
Last time, the guy in the repair ship pulled up my car and change it. It costs $120 and it was too expensive for my budget.

My car is toyota camry 97 and 4 cylinder.

I also don't know where is the location of my engine oil of my car. Please mention and draw the picture for me?

I am a newbie so it is really appreciated to help me to learn and work.


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changing oil is easy, yes you heve to jack up the car unless you want go get yoy hands and shirt dirty by trying to crawl down there. Doing an oil change is very easy. all you have to do if lift up the car unscrew the oil pan bolt (oil pan is on the passangers side) take the dipstick be fore you let the oil out, afetr you let the oil drain, the put the plug back (i think it's a 14mm bolt) and next take you oil filter out (should be ovios where its at) and re fill engine with about 4 quarts not exactly sure and you should be rady to go. Don't be nervous and take take you time. and after you changed the oil and you start it keep your eye on the oil light just incase you din't put enought oil in. If it comes on then turn the engine off imediatly, But it shouln't come on at all if you do it right. Good luck.
 

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You can change it without jacking, but if you have a tall oil container like me, you will need to jack it up. Stick your head under the front passenger tire and you will see the oil drain bolt. It's depressed and towards the rear.
 

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If you have an inclined driveway that flattens out, you may be able to get enough clearance to get under the car to drain the oil.

You will need a 14mm wrench or socket to remove the drain plug.
After you drain the oil, put the plug back and change the filter. The filter is near the exhaust pipes. Be sure you wet the gasket with fresh oil before you put the new filter on.

Open the oil fill and fill with 4qts of 5W-30 oil.

If you see a 10mm hex socket, do not open that. That is the transmission fluid. Move towards the other side of the car for the oil pan.
 

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Pickup a short but wide plastic or metal pan. The pan needs to short enough to allow getting a wrench and your hand to get to the oil plug. But wide enough to hold all the oil and keep it from splashing out when you move and pickup the pan. Do the job when the oil is hot, then take a break for about 20 minutes to allow it to drain out. If pulling the filter, make sure the oil pan is under the filter to catch any spillage.
 

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toyomoho said:
If pulling the filter, make sure the oil pan is under the filter to catch any spillage.
In my experience on the 5SFE, oil may leak out due to the filter mounted with the open side pointing down. When oil does leak out, it will run down the side of engine and on to the oil pan rather than spill downwards into the open area.
 
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