How Long Does an Oil Change Take?
Having an oil change done is a can’t-miss maintenance item. Thankfully, it’s a relatively low-frills, easy service to complete. Fresh oil properly lubricates the engine, so your car runs smoothly on the streets of Amherst, Manchester and Derry.
Oil change service at Ira Toyota of Manchester is designed to be efficient, so you can get back on the road quickly. We’ll answer the question, “How long does an oil change take?” and discuss the process on this page, as well as the signs that let you know you might need the oil changed.
Oil Change Process
When changing the oil, expect to be here for about 30 to 45 minutes. That’s all it takes to perform this basic maintenance. If an air filter needs to be changed or your tires need to be balanced, it can take a bit longer.
When it comes to changing the oil, the process involves draining out the existing oil and changing the oil filter, then putting new oil into the engine. We’ll inspect the engine in an efficient manner to ensure everything looks normal. Fluid levels, including brake fluid, coolant and transmission fluid, will be monitored and topped off if needed.
We’ll also visually inspect the tires while the car’s oil is being changed to ensure they’re properly inflated and ready to get you back on the road.
When Should You Change Your Oil
Every make and model is a little bit different when it comes to changing the oil, so the best thing to do is consult your owner’s manual. Of course, feel free to ask one of our service technicians for help, too. Keep an eye on the odometer or the sticker the previous technician placed inside your windshield, which tells you when to come back to our service center.
If your car uses conventional oil, it typically needs to be changed every 5,000 miles or so. If your car uses synthetic oil, that number increases to about 10,000 miles.
Here are a few symptoms to look for if you’re not sure when the last oil change was done:
- Loud sounds coming from the engine, like a clanging noise.
- Oil smell inside the cabin.
- Decreased fuel efficiency.
With dirty oil, the engine may overheat due to excess friction. This can cause the clanging sound, which requires some attention and clean, fresh oil.
Toyota Service Center
Our skilled service technicians will take care of changing the oil on your vehicle. While an oil change is typically called for every six months or 5,000 miles, that number may be different for your car, and we’ll be sure to let you know if that’s the case.
Visit our service specials page to see how you can save on your next visit, whether you’re having an oil change, brake repair or other service. Our specials change frequently, so check in for our latest offers.
Stop in to Our State-of-the-Art Service Center
Now that you no longer need to wonder, “How long does an oil change take?” you’ll be ready when you see the signs. When your car thirsts for fresh oil, Ira Toyota of Manchester can assist you! We’ll change the oil and oil filter (if needed) and return your car to the roads of Amherst, Manchester and Derry as soon as possible. Schedule our service today with our online scheduler.