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There’s nothing like an attainable goal. Staying at home with my kids everyday sometimes feels like there’s this never ending “to do” list. I feed my kids and a few hours later, they need more food. I help them clean their room and a few minutes later, it needs cleaned again. I clean the bathroom and then someone has to use the restroom, AGAIN. Do you catch my drift.
Attainable goals. They’re just what mama needs sometimes.
I tried to explain this to my husband the other day when I asked him if I could mow the lawn. He looked at me funny. He mows the lawn each week and could not figure out why I would ask to do it. He thought I had a pretty good deal by staying inside with the kids. I told him that I just want a job that I can finish. He still thought I was crazy. Now, I realize the lawn will need mowed again in a week, however it’s 7 days and not 7 seconds – so work with me here. It felt good.
So instead of the lawn mowing, he suggested I change the oil. That’s when I gave him a funny look. But then I realized that changing the oil takes less time than mowing the lawn AND it would not need to be done again for months. Bingo!
So, off to Walmart I went with the kids to buy some oil. I decided on Penzoil Platinum full motor oil because it will give my much loved van engine complete protection. I found it in the very back corner of the entire store which means I found a few clearance items along the way as well. I bought the bigger bottle because it made more sense price-wise. I also knew that any left over could be used in the future. Because the oil will have to be changed again this year, unfortunately. 🙂
I want to mention here that it’s best to consult your car manual for the correct way to change the oil in your car or van. You also want to make sure to keep yourself and others safe when using a jack to make under the van more accessible. Always, always follow the standard safety procedures when changing your own oil.
Our Honda Odyssey reminds me which kind of oil to buy. I appreciate details like this. I took this picture so that the next time I need to change the oil I can look in my phone instead of calling my husband. Because if your husband is mowing the lawn he may not hear his phone and then you’re left staring at all the many options when you get to the oil aisle at the store!
I used the ramps to get the car off the ground so that I could get under it. These ramps make it really easy to change the oil.
And here’s where the oil comes out of below my car. Wasn’t it nice for them to label it for me? Please excuse the mud. We went to the local fair and I haven’t cleaned under my car since. 🙂 Drain the oil into an oil drum. It will take a few minutes. And it will also flow out really fast. Be ready! You’ll need a 17mm socket to remove the drain bolt.
After draining the oil, I put the drain bolt back on with a new crush washer. It was time to fill her up with the new oil! I put the funnel in to pour in the new oil. A funnel is a must. I can get away with not having a funnel when I can strawberry jam, but my Honda Odyssey is so awkward when it comes to pouring the oil in. It’s nearly impossible without one.
Fill er’ up! I was glad to be changing the oil since the temperatures are going to be dropping soon. The Penzoil Platinum has excellent performance in extreme temperatures. And you all know we’ve had extreme temperatures in the winter the last few years in Ohio.
That’s it! I checked the oil level and then made sure there were no leaks after running the car for a few minutes and taking it off the ramps. I find it pretty simple to change the oil. I feel like a super woman doing it And it’s an attainable goal – well at least until I have to change it again. 🙂
Do you change your own motor oil?