How long does an oil change take? Many wonder the answer of a question. The total process is relatively quick. How long it takes, I suppose, depends upon whether you do it yourself, or take it somewhere to be done professionally. Most “quick change” places can have it done in short order, though that may depend upon the number of vehicles in front of you.
How long does an oil change take?
It should take 20–45 minutes depending on the tools available to you. However, there are also many factors that affect the duration.
- It takes less then a minute to get the drain plug off
- 6–8 minutes of waiting for the oil to drain
- 2–3 minutes to get the oil filter off and allow that fluid to drian
- 1–2 minutes to put on new filter and drain plug back in
- 4–5 minutes to fill with new oil and check level
Factos that affect oil change duration
Besides avarege durations, there are factors and condtions that may affect the duration of oil change
How long does an oil change take depends on car models and type
How long does an oil change take depends from car to car. Mainly due to the location of the oil filter. But, an oil change should not ever be an oil change. With better oils on the market some cars do not need oil changes that frequently anymore. The average interval is around 10-12k or 12 months. Toyota for example recommends a service interval of 8k or 12 months.
How long it takes to get your car raised up (or if you have a lifted truck/suv you may not need to), get the skid plate off if you have one, move anything else out of the way.
Some cars it is very well designed. My Audi TT i had years ago required me to take a cross member off to have good access to the oil filter as well as not have oil hit that bar and splash everywhere.
I heard that the supercharged Saturn ION had no bottom access to the oil filter and you had to remove the intake manifold to get top access. Clearly this adds a good amount more time (even more so when you then have to helicoil striped threads in the aluminium head after a few years of oil changes).
How long does an oil change take also depends on service quality
Some oil change stations or shops promises unrealistic durations for oil change. Anytime I hear a lube shop brag about chainging the oil in 5 minutes means that
- A) they did not let all the old oil drain from the oil pan and
- B) they sure as hell did not do all the other checks they claim they do.
Car and Materials Condition
From the personal experience of having had to change oil on a number of different vehicles over the years, fifteen minutes for a quickie, engine warm, and filter isn’t jammed on. On the other end, it may wind up taking an hour or more, inaccessible filter that was cranked down way too tight, engine stone cold so oil takes forever to drain down. I had one car come in that the oil change wound up taking the better share of two days, as the pan was caked solid and had to be removed to get what little oil was in there out as well as cleaning out all the gunk.
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