To get an oil change at a Valvoline Instant Oil Change center, locate the closest location, drive up, and wait for the first available mechanic. No appointment is necessary. Find the closest Valvoline location by entering a ZIP code into the company website.
The cost of a Valvoline oil change varies based on a customer's oil choice, the number of quarts a vehicle needs, and available specials or coupons. For example, at Express Cares Oil Change in Missouri, a Valvoline oil change starts at about $40, as of 2015.
During the drive-thru oil change service at Valvoline, five quarts of oil and a new oil filter are put in and chassis components are lubricated. The technicians also check fluid levels, tire pressure, the air filter, serpentine belt, windshield wipers and lights, as of February 2015.
Some of the benefits of using Valvoline SynPower Full Synthetic Motor Oil include protection of a car's engine from wear, heat and deposits. The motor oil also helps maintain fuel efficiency, provides cold temperature protection through quick oil flow, and improves viscosity stability in engines.
As of 2015, Valvoline offers the Team Valvoline rewards program to loyal customers. Membership is free, and customers can sign up for the program at Pro.Valvoline.com/Rewards.
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.
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.