Top Mechanics For Engine Oil Change & Replacements
Garage in Guildford, 13 years of experience
I am a qualified mechanic and have 12 years experience working on various makes and models in the uk. I have worked for a range of garages from main dealers to small independent firms. I am also an Mot teste...
PETER • 3rd April 2018
Smart fortwo • Engine oil replacement
Garage in Nottingham, 23 years of experience
I have 23 years of experience in the mechanics industry. After leaving the Royal Engineers I started my mobile mechanic business, originally in Derby. After 7 years, I decided to move to Australia. While t...
BILLHAR • 25th October 2016
Audi A5 Coupe/Cabriolet • Engine oil replacement
Garage in Pontypool , 22 years of experience
N V Q 1,2,3 22 years professional experience Hgv fitter NVQ 1,2,3 Been fitting 22 years Got 3 recovery truck and a full kitted service van
JONATHAN • 7th June 2023
Garage in Norwich , 22 years of experience
I have been involved in cars as a designer, engineer and technician for over 22years. I have designed, developed and built bespoke sports cars, motorbikes, Ambulances and race car trailers over these year...
Garage in London, 11 years of experience
Here at Hayes Garage, we pride ourselves on three things: experience, dedication, and customer satisfaction. We have built a loyal local clientele base and are happy to help with any of the questions you may...
ROCHELLE • 7th June 2023
Audi A3 • MOT with collection & delivery
Garage in Newport Gwent, 20 years of experience
We have an extensive work history from main dealerships upto where we are and we are also trained on hgv vehicles with very good references
DANIEL • 7th June 2023
BMW X6 • Standard Pre-purchase Inspection
Mobile mechanic in Cullingworth, 40 years of experience
I am an “old school” fully apprentice-trained mechanic/technician, and a former fleet maintenance manager and warranty claims consultant. I am now warranty claims assessor, and vehicle examinations engi...
SUZANNE • 7th June 2023
Volkswagen Golf • Standard Pre-purchase Inspection
Mobile mechanic in Tunbridge Wells, 15 years of experience
I'm a mobile mechanic with wide range of experience with diagnostic , repair , electrical and electronics in automotive industry with 15 years of experience.
Mobile mechanic in Linlithgow, 10 years of experience
Mobile Jaguar Land Rover specialist.
Callum was extremely thorough and diagnosed the problem and had the car started in about an hour. Turns out it was one of the silly little things that needed a lot of knowledge to find.
Callum gets 5 out of 5 and I would definitely use this service again.”
KEITH • 7th June 2023
Mobile mechanic in Leeds, 14 years of experience
Welcome to CB Autos! CB Autos provides mobile mechanic services throughout Leeds & West Yorkshire. We provide complete car diagnostics, M.O.Ts, full or interim car servicing, car suspension services and main...
SAM • 7th June 2023
Vauxhall Astra • MOT with collection & delivery
Garage in London, 30 years of experience
We are a group of skill full and highly qualified technicians based in West London and we have been running a successful mechanic & mobile repair business. Have a good client base and we specialise in comi...
SARAH • 7th June 2023
Volkswagen Scirocco • Standard Pre-purchase Inspection
Mobile mechanic in Lowestoft , 30 years of experience
I began my career in Chadwell Heath at a garage called High road Station which is where I completed my apprenticeship. I was with the business for around 6 years, I moved to Wallinghurst Garage in Billericay...
ANDY • 7th June 2023
Suzuki Jimny • Clutch replacement
Garage in Dagenham, 30 years of experience
Hi, I’ve been a mechanic since leaving school and have owned and operated my own garage since I was 25 , were you could that I’ve done most jobs on a wide range of vehicles. I’d like to say that my workmans...
GIULIO • 7th June 2023
Ford Mondeo • Additional work following previous booking
Mobile mechanic in Chelmsford, 25 years of experience
I have worked in the mechanics field for 25 years and still working in this field. I have experience on various makes and models of cars trucks heavy plant equipment. I always enjoyed working as a mobil...
MARK • 7th June 2023
Ford Fiesta • EGR valve replacement
Garage in London, 8 years of experience
Vauxhall dealer 3 independent garages vw dealership
Iook forward to anything further from you.”
T • 7th June 2023
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso • Gear Selector And Transmission Inspection
Frequently asked questions about engine oil change & replacements
Read our answers to questions about engine oil change costs, symptoms and more.
What does engine oil do?
Engine oil is a lubricant used to reduce the friction between the moving parts of the engine as well as an aid to cooling by dissipating the heat generated.
What does an engine oil change involve?
- The mechanic will raise the vehicle and ensure that the surrounding area is protected against any spillage
- The mechanic will drain the oil and change the oil filter
- Mechanic will then refill the engine with the correct grade and quantity of quality oil
- Mechanic will run the engine and once cool, will re check the level
- Any dashboard based oil service and quality warnings will be reset to indicate the oil service has been performed
Is it worth doing your own oil change?
Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend an engine oil change is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.
What are the symptoms of bad engine oil?
Fundamentally, unless it has gone too far, the average motorist is unlikely to know there is something wrong physically with it.
There may be an oil pressure warning on the dashboard that could indicate the oil isn’t circulating as well as it should due to a blocking filter or even a failing oil pump or there may be an oil level warning, which would indicate there isn’t enough oil in the engine. However both of these warnings are not really an indicator of the actual oil quality but can alert you to potential issues.
Therefore typical symptoms are;
- Engine oil level warning
- Engine oil pressure warning
- Service indicator lights
- Oil quality warning light
How long will an engine oil change take?
An engine oil change usually takes around 1 hour, but can take less or more time. Ultimately, the time that the job will take will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.
How often should I replace the engine oil?
As oil heats up and cools down, carbonisation occurs, which is why oil turns a dark black colour. The more this occurs and the more its chemical structure is mashed during the friction process, the oil quality will fall away until it not longer provides the purpose it is used for,
This is why the manufacturers have recommended oil change frequencies, however, it is not the full story. There is also the time recommendation as well, but this is to try and ensure that regular changes are made. An engine that is used in a vehicle that sits in stationary traffic the majority of its time, but doesn’t accumulate high mileages, is still going to be running and that is of course what reduces the properties.
How much do oil changes typically cost?
On average an engine oil change costs around £90. Typical prices can range anywhere from £60 to £150. Ultimately, the cost of an engine oil change depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having the engine oil changed by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!
Can I still drive with bad engine oil?
Having the correct level and grade of engine oil is of paramount importance both for maintaining engine efficiency and performance. Driving with a bad engine oil could cause damage to the engine. If you suspect there is any issue with your engine oil or there are concerns about its age or condition, book with a professional mechanic with immediate effect to check the engine oil and replace it if necessary.
Should I change engine oil every 10,000 miles?
Most auto manufacturers recommend changing engine oil every 5000-7000 miles. However, keep in mind that older cars may need its engine oil changed more frequently. The best thing to do is check the owner's manual for manufacturer recommended oil change frequency.
What does the 15% next to oil light mean?
The oil life indicator on the dashboard is a maintenance reminder that lets the driver know when it is time to change the engine oil and filter. The indicator is usually a percentage that counts down as the oil is used. When the indicator reaches 15%, it usually indicates you have a few hundred miles to go before it's time to change the engine oil.
How long will 15% Oil Life last?
If the manufacturer recommended oil change is recommended every 10,000 miles for example, then 15% would mean you have about 1500 miles to go before you need to change the oil. If it's 5000 miles, then 15% oil life indicator would mean 750 miles left. Remember this is a rough approximation so it's always good to check the engine oil regularly with the dipstick method and not let it do below the "low" mark.
What will happen when Oil Life hits 0?
When the oil life hits 0%, you can technically still continue to drive the car. But since the quality of oil has degraded, it is important to change the oil as soon as possible as it can cause harm to the engine.
What engine oil is better, synthetic or conventional?
Synthetic oil is generally considered to be more durable. high-performing and efficient than conventional oil, and it is often the recommended choice for newer vehicles.
Unlike conventional oil, fully synthentic oils are also designed to flow quickly in winter conditions and resist extreme heat, which allows the car engine to operate smoothly year-round.
Can I switch from using conventional oil to synthetic oil?
Yes, it is generally safe to switch back and forth from conventional to synthentic oil. However, it is important to remember that synthetic oil is far more superior then conventional oil so once you switch back to conventional oil it will not offer the efficiency the synthetic oil did for your engine.
If you're not sure about switching, you can always consult a mechanic to advise what's best for your vehicle.
Which engine oil is the best for my car?
The best oil recommended for your car will be listed in the owner's manual.
Engine oil comes in different viscosities, and is generally signified by a grade number, such as 5w40. It is important to consult the owner's manual as using the wrong type of oil can cause stress to the mechanical components of the engine that need optimum lubrication.
What happens if I do not top up engine oil?
If you don't get your engine oil topped up, it will eventually lead to engine failure.
Engine oil lubricates the moving parts in your engine, and without it, these parts will start to grind against each other and cause serious and expensive damage to the engine.
Is a bad engine oil an MOT failure?
No, bad engine oil does not lead to an MOT failure as it is not a checkpoint. However, an MOT tester may suggest that if the engine oil is bad or low that it is not advisable to test the vehicle as it could damage the vehicle. They may then refuse to test the vehicle.
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Mechanics that undertake engine oil work
- Maxamy Mobile Autocare, Maidenhead
- Mechanicgogu, London
- Monkton Motors Ltd, York
- P M Mobile Auto Services, Durham
- Prestige Tyre & Auto Solutions, St.Neots
- Pt Tyres, Scunthorpe
- Repair My Car Ltd, Nottingham
- Thomas Sproston T/A Commercial Vehicle Care, Brighouse
- V And H Services, Dagenham
- Wisdom Mechanics, Gravesend