How Long Does an Oil Change Take?

oil change on a car

How long should an oil change take? It should take less than an hour when done by qualified experts. It’s an easy maintenance task to fit into your schedule — and it’s definitely something that you don’t want to prolong or skip. After all, oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle! Learn more about getting an oil change in Long Beach below and feel free to contact us for more information.



How Long Does an Oil Change Take at Home?

How long does an oil change take? We mentioned it should take less than an hour when done by the certified technicians at our Long Beach service center. However, if you’re thinking about taking on DIY maintenance in your Cerritos garage, oil change times may vary. Here is what you’ll need to get to do an oil change at home:

  • Oil (consult your owner’s manual for recommended oil type for your make and model)
  • Oil filter
  • Oil filter gasket
  • Rubber mallet
  • Correctly-sized wrenches
  • A jack
  • Wheel blocks

For more information on DIY maintenance and repairs, be sure to check out our service and parts tips. However, we recommend visiting a Long Beach dealership like Harbor Chevrolet to get an oil change, as it will be cheaper and less time-consuming. We’ll have you back on Lakewood roads in no time!

Other Oil Change FAQs

How often should I get an oil change? – While the general rule of thumb used to be that you should get an oil change every 3,000 miles, new vehicles can go between 5,000 to 7,500 miles (sometimes more) before needing one. Consult your owner’s manual to determine the suggested oil change interval for your make and model. 

Should I use synthetic oil or conventional oil? – While conventional oil used to be the standard, synthetic oil has become the standard for newer vehicles, as it provides more protection to the engine and lasts longer. However, we do not recommend using synthetic oil in an older vehicle designed to take conventional oil. Again, check your owner’s manual to determine the recommended oil type for your make and model. 

Get a Quick Oil Change at Harbor Chevrolet!

When it’s time for an oil change, don’t hesitate to turn to the experts at Harbor Chevrolet. Whether you need help choosing the right oil for your vehicle or have any other service-related questions, we’re here to help. Schedule your appointment online or contact us today. While you’ere here, don’t forget to check out our service specials to see how much you can save on an oil change near Bellflower!


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