During an oil change, used oil is drained, the oil filter is replaced and fresh oil is added to the engine, according to Car Talk. The oil is removed by unscrewing the plug from the oil pan using a box-end wrench, states The Family Handyman, and drained into a pan.
An oil change can take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the location and the services performed in addition to the oil change. An individual who chooses to change his own oil can expect it to take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Oil should be changed in the interval specified in the vehicle's owners manual. Among 2013 model vehicles, the oil change intervals can vary from every 7,500 miles in some cars to as high as 15,000 miles in others. These are high intervals are because of advancements in oil and vehicle technology.
As of January 2015, Goodyear offers oil changes starting at $19.99, according to their official website. National Tire and Battery also offers an oil change deal for $19.99 plus a $3 disposal fee if you make your appointment online, as listed on their website.
You can get a free oil change by using coupons. Many auto repair shops and motor oil companies offer free oil change coupons when you use their services.
Change the oil of a car by first jacking up the car, setting the jack stands in place and lowering the car. Then, remove the drain plug, get the old oil flowing, remove the oil filter, and install a new filter before finally adding new oil via the fill hole.
Most oil changes require 4 quarts of oil, but the exact amount depends on the specifications of the vehicle. It is best to consult the owner's manual in order to determine the size of a vehicle's oil reservoir.
Most auto manufacturers recommended changing the oil in a vehicle every 5,000, 7,500 or 10,000 miles. Oil changes have been done traditionally every 3,000 miles, but is no longer recommended due to technological advances in engine oil.
The standard recommendation calls for an oil change at approximately 5,000 miles or every six months. However, the recommended frequency that one should change the oil in one's car varies with factors such as the age of the car, driving conditions and climate.
There are many different factors that determine when a vehicle needs to have its oil changed, including the age, make and model of the vehicle and the type of oil it uses. Although many people change their oil every 3,000 miles, most experts believe this isn't necessary.