How Long Do Oil Changes Take On Service Station?

Changing the oil either at the dealership or at home is necessary to properly maintain a car. However, some dealerships and service stations tend to perform an oil change longer than others. In an effort to always enjoy the best and most time-efficient service, we compiled a list of considerations you ought to take before you take your car in for an oil change.

In this article we will discuss:

  • The duration of an oil change
  • Oil change schedules
  • Different types of oil
  • The importance of regular oil changes
  • Where to do an oil change
  • Changing the oil yourself

The duration of an oil change

In most cases, an oil change is performed in under an hour, or more precisely 30-60 minutes depending on the service station. Once your car gets on the racks, it should take about 15-25 minutes. However, this is only the case if there is nothing else that needs doing on your car. At often times, the service shop will also suggest other repairs, such as changing the wiper blades.

Oil change schedules

How often you need to change the oil depends on the oil your car uses and the car you drive. For example, an average vehicle should undergo an oil change every 5000-7000 miles. However, cars that use synthetic oil can last as much as 15000 miles without an oil change. Older cars and cars that experience more stress than others such as commercial vehicles should undergo an oil change every 3000 miles or so.

Different types oil

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, there are multiple different types of oil, and choosing the right one is crucial for your engine to work at its best. Most modern vehicles use Synthetic Motor Oil because it offers better heat management. Synthetic Blend Motor Oil works best for low temperatures while High-Mileage Motor Oil and Conventional Motor Oil are used for either high-mileage cars or cars with simpler engines.

The importance of regular oil changes

Clean oil is essential for an engine to work at its optimum capacity. Oil is used to lubricate the inner parts of an engine in order to keep those parts cool, prevent friction and clean out any harmful debris and dirt. If you don't change the oil as recommended by your automaker, sludge will usually form which can speed up corrosion. Besides corrosion, an engine with older oil usually has to compensate for the added friction which causes the engine to wear and to emit increased heat.

Where to do an oil change

As mentioned previously, an oil change can be performed at a dealership, a service station, at your garage, or many various independent workshops, quick lube shops, and service shops. The best course of action is to take the car to a licensed service shop which usually performs usual maintenance on similar vehicles. Whatever you do, make sure that the oil type used is precisely the one that's recommended for your vehicle.

Changing the oil yourself

Changing the oil yourself is a great way to save time and money. The benefit of this method is that you can change the oil whenever you want, and you don't need to comply with anyone's schedule. However, changing the oil yourself usually takes longer if you don't have all the proper tools and experience. The best option would be to consult yourself with someone with decent experience before you try to do it yourself.


FAQ Section

What happens if I don't change my oil regularly?

Frequent oil changes extend the lifespan of your engine. Therefore, if you fail to change your oil regularly, you are likely to going to end up with a prematurely broken engine.

What are quick lube shops and should I change my oil there?

Quick lube shops specialize in rapid fluid changes which means that the oil replacement process there should be the quickest. However, this is because most service shops tend to do other maintenance as well. So, if you don't need any further maintenance, you can change the oil there.

Why should I change oil myself?

Because it saves you both money and time. Be sure to learn the craft beforehand, and always use the right oil viscosity.

How much does an oil change cost?

An oil change and a filter change should typically run about $35 to $75 if you use conventional oil. Synthetic oil replacements cost more, and you should expect to pay $65 to $125.

Do I need to change the oil filters while I change the oil?

Most automakers recommend that you change the oil filters every second time you change your oil. 


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