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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since World War II, the price of oil has suffered spikes generally correlating with instability in the Middle East. Prices have fluctuated between a $20 to $30 per barrel average during times of relative peace to spikes above $75 during the 1970s and the post-9/11 War on Terror.
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.
The recommend motor oil weight for a particular car is listed in the owner manual that came with the car when it was new, according to Cars.com. The oil cap under the hood may also have a sticker printed with the recommended oil weight.
To change an oil filter, drain the old oil, and remove the filter with a specialized wrench. Apply fresh oil to the rubber seal on the new filter, and install it by hand. You need a large bucket, a socket wrench set and an oil filter wrench.
As of 2015, consumers reported paying between $25 and $50 for oil changes using conventional oil and $45 to $70 for oil changes using synthetic oil, according to Angie's List. Pricing varies depending on the car's model, the oil filter used and any additional services the customer requests.