'How much time do you need for a Change Oil?' [Newbie Guide]

Updated Mar 22, 2021 | Same topic: Beginner's Guide

Do you need the whole night for this?

No matter how highly you might regard your chosen ride, there’s no such thing as a perfect car. As a machine with moving parts and consumable materials, it still needs looking after, and one of the essential parts of its maintenance regimen is the oil change.

Oil poured into engine

As the lifeblood of your car'e engine, oil needs to replaced at periodic intervals

Why is this important? Your car’s engine will probably have the highest concentration of components that are pushing and pulling against each other every time you drive. The constant and repetitive action that these surfaces go through generates friction, resulting in heat that reduces efficiency and degrades the material over time.

Not only that, but small bits from these metal surfaces can also come off and become contaminants that affect the engine’s operation. Motor oil keeps these negative effects at bay, which is why it needs to be as fresh as possible through periodic changing so that the engine can reap its maximum benefits.   

Oil bubbleOil works hard to protect the metal components, which leads it to degrade over time 

Many new drivers can be intimidated at the prospect of their first oil change, viewing the act as being epic in scope as well as cost. The reality is that it shouldn’t take long to have the car’s engine oil replaced. Around 30 minutes to an hour should be enough to replenish the lubricant as necessary.

For brand-new cars under warranty, the usual method is to get the oil changed at the dealership as part of the vehicle’s periodic maintenance servicing. Of course, draining and refilling the engine with oil are not the only things being done inside the service bay. Consider too that there will be other customers having their cars serviced, so the process can take just a bit longer, around two hours.

Mechanic fixing car

Oil changes done by a professional usually take an hour or two at most

Car owners who want a more affordable alternative often have their rides serviced at a third-party auto shop or even gasoline stations. As with most dealerships, these are equipped with hydraulic lifts that allow mechanics easier access to the oil pan underneath. Some facilities even use compressed air to force more of the used oil down the drain, speeding up the process.    

You can have oil changes in the comfort of your own homes, whether doing it by yourself or through professionals. This gives you all the freedom to observe the process especially when done by a trained technician, although some improvisation could be in order, such as placing jacks around the car in lieu of a lift. Also, disposing of the old oil and filter falls squarely on the owner.  

Mechanic working

An oil change sounds like a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it

With all these options at your disposal, changing your car’s oil shouldn’t be the devastating, heartbreaking affair that other people make it out to be. Whether you’re discreet about it or not, having a regular oil change shows that you’re a car owner who’s always ready to take responsibility.        

We’ve got more tips for newbie drivers at Philkotse.com.

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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