How Long Should an Oil Change Take?

Service Technician changing the oil on a vehicle

Do you need to schedule an oil change in San Diego? You may be asking, “How long should an oil change take?” Fortunately, this is a relatively simple service for the automotive experts at Kearny Mesa Kia, and it can often be completed in under an hour. We recommend contacting our service department to get a better estimate of wait times. 

How long should an oil change take if you plan on performing this task yourself? Kearny Mesa Kia has the details below. 

How Long Should an Oil Change Take If I Do It Myself?

Many El Cajon drivers like performing their own vehicle maintenance. If you are also the DIY type, you may be wondering how much time to set aside to do an oil change at home. The amount of time it takes can vary based on your familiarity with this service. It’s best to budget at least an hour.

Keep in mind that if you are going to perform an oil change in your La Mesa garage, you need to have the right supplies on hand. You will need the following: 

  • New oil
  • New oil filter
  • New oil filter gasket
  • Rubber mallet
  • Correctly sized wrenches 
  • A jack
  • Wheel blocks

If you do not have the items listed above, you can always schedule an oil change with Kearny Mesa Kia. It is often quicker and more affordable to do so. 

Additional Oil Change Tips for Chula Vista Drivers

Before you schedule an oil change with us, keep these tips in mind: 

  • Most newer vehicles will need an oil change every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. It is best to check your owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends. 
  • We offer a rotating selection of service specials, so you can often save even more when you schedule an oil change with us. 
  • Does your vehicle need synthetic oil or conventional oil? While synthetic oil is a bit more pricey, it lasts longer, which helps to offset the cost. 

Schedule an Oil Change with Kearny Mesa Kia Today

Is your vehicle in need of an oil change? Don’t delay! Keeping up with routine vehicle maintenance is the best way to ensure your vehicle is safe for the roads of San Diego and performing at its best. Contact Kearny Mesa Kia for more information, and check out additional service tips and tricks in the meantime. 


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