How Long Should an Oil Change Take?

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How long does it take to get an oil change? When you bring your vehicle to the Toyota service department at Santa Cruz Toyota for an oil change, it’s likely that your oil change will be completed in an hour or less, helping you get back on Capitola roads faster. If you’re wondering, “How long does an oil change take?”, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment so your oil change best fits your schedule. Whether you’re completing an oil change yourself or you’re letting the professionals handle it, read on to learn – exactly how long does an oil change take?


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

So, how long does an oil change take if you opt to do it yourself? This process is a bit lengthier than the alternative, so plan for at least an hour. Note, that hour time frame is reflective of how long should an oil change take if you have the right tools and expertise. It may take you less time or more time depending on your particular situation. Before you can change your oil, you will need the following important items:

  • New oil
  • New oil filter
  • New oil filter gasket
  • Rubber mallet
  • Correctly sized wrenches
  • Jack and wheel blocks

Bear in mind that it may be quicker and more affordable to leave your next oil change to the professionals at Santa Cruz Toyota and avoid having to stock up on and store all the necessary supplies.

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How Long Does an Oil Change Take at Santa Cruz Toyota?

There are many benefits of getting a professional oil change at the Toyota service department at Santa Cruz Toyota. So, how long does an oil change take here? The time savings are worth your drive in from Monterey. Check out the details below:

  • Our trained service team and top-notch equipment allow us to work on more cars than a regular auto shop.
  • Previously, it was recommended that you bring your vehicle in for an oil change every 3,000 miles. This recommendation has changed due to advancements in automotive and engine oil technology. Currently, it is a good idea to get an oil change every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. It is important to consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual. There may be different specifications from the manufacturer for your particular model that you’ll have to pay attention to. 
  • See if we are running any service specials to help you save on your next oil change – oil and filter specials can be instrumental in saving money. 
  • Finally, take a look at your owner’s manual to see if conventional or synthetic motor oil is required for your particular make and model. Synthetic oil is typically more expensive, but it won’t affect the time required for an oil change.

Santa Cruz Toyota: Your Solution for Car Maintenance Near Aptos 

So, how long does it take to get an oil change at Santa Cruz Toyota? Not much time at all! Avoid the hassle of changing your car’s oil on your own time and receive great service from the team at Santa Cruz Toyota. As one of the top Capitola car dealerships, we want to help you get back on the road as soon as possible, with safety being our top priority. Check out more service tips and be sure to contact us for any maintenance we can assist with.


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