How Long Does an Oil Change Take?

Service Technician changing the oil on a vehicle

If your vehicle is due for service, you may ask, “How long does an oil change take?” Luckily, not long at all! In most cases, when you visit one of our Serra Traverse City service locations for an oil change, you’ll be in and out in under an hour. That means you can schedule service during your lunch break or stop by on your way home from work. If you have an industrious spirit, you may be wondering how long should an oil change take if you take on the job in your own Lake City garage. We have those answers and more below!

How Long Should an Oil Change Take If I Do It Myself?

When you decide to take on a DIY oil change in your Kalkaska driveway, the answer of how long should an oil change take and how long does an oil change take can vary. With a bit of practice, you’ll likely be able to perform an oil change at home in about an hour, but you’ll also want to account for the shopping time needed to gather your supplies. For an oil change, you’ll need new oil, a new oil filter, a new oil filter gasket, a rubber mallet, correctly sized wrenches, a jack, and wheel blocks. 

While the answer to the question, “How long should an oil change take?” may vary only slightly between a DIY project and professional service, it often takes a good deal of practice to get the job done that quickly. In the end, it’s often quicker and easier to turn the keys over to the experts to handle your service needs!

More Oil Change Information

If you’re heading in for an oil change, keep the following in mind:

  • While you may have grown up hearing that an oil change was needed every 3,000 miles, that’s no longer the case. Generally, an oil change frequency of once every 5,000 – 7,500 miles is sufficient. What’s more, some vehicles can travel up to 10,000 miles before oil service is required. 
  • Our service coupons routinely feature oil change specials to help you save!
  • Check your owner’s manual to see if your model requires synthetic or conventional oil. Synthetic is more expensive, but lasts longer and has enhanced properties. 

Visit a Serra Location Near You For Service!

With convenient locations all throughout the Bellaire area, you’re never far from reliable Serra Traverse City car care. Contact us today or stop by your nearest service center when you need some automotive TLC. 

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