Get Oil and Filter Change Quotes
If you need your engine oil and oil filter changing, Auto Hero can help!
Here, you can look for service centres that offer an oil change and a new oil filter.
Don't worry if you're not sure if it's time for an oil and filter change. When you talk to one of Auto Hero's partners, you'll be speaking to a trustworthy expert mechanic near you who'll be happy to offer some advice and let you know what's required.
How can you tell if you need an oil and filter change?
Although performing an oil change is something that most people prefer a mechanic to do, you don't need to be an engine oil expert to decide if now's the right time to change your oil.
If you think you might need a new filter and oil, these are some signs to look out for:
Oil warning light showing
If your oil level gets too low or the pressure drops significantly, the sensors in your car's engine will likely warn you by showing a dashboard light. The warning light usually looks like a small oil can - but if you're not sure, check your owner's manual.
An overheating engine
Over time, your oil filter may collect debris that stops oil passing through it as it should. If the filter becomes so clogged that no oil can pass, you will get friction between the moving parts - which will result in a build-up of heat.
Motor oil helps to keep the engine's moving parts operating with no resistance. If the quality of the oil in your engine has deteriorated, the parts will not move as smoothly as they should - reducing power output.
Dirty exhaust fumes
It's normal for exhaust fumes to come out of your exhaust - but if it turns to smoke, it's important to get it checked. Smoke could indicate that oil is being burned - an indication that oil is leaking.
Although people tend to think of oil as black, it's actually usually a light amber colour when it's new. As it ages, it becomes contaminated and turns darker. If you use your dipstick to check your level of oil and it looks very dark, it's time to get it checked.
What does an oil change involve?
So, what happens when a service centre performs an oil and filter change?
- Step 1. The car is lifted to give access to the oil drain plug underneath the vehicle
- Step 2. The drain plug is removed and the old oil is caught in oil pan underneath the engine - it's essentially that this is done carefully as hot oil can be dangerous
- Step 3. The mechanic will use an oil filter wrench to remove the old oil filter, again catching all the old oil in the oil drain pan
- Step 4. The drain plug is replaced (and a new drain plug gasket installed if required) and a new oil filter is installed
- Step 5. The technician will then remove the oil filler cap and add new clean oil to your vehicle's engine
Your old filter and old engine oil will be disposed off in a safe way that is not harmful to the environment.
Some workshops may suggest using an engine oil flush additive during the process too - helping to get rid of any carbon build-up that's occurred in the engine.
The best prices for oil changes on all vehicles Local to you.
Our of Auto Hero's car oil change partners can work with virtually any vehicle - including:
- Passenger car
- Van and commercial vehicle
Oil and filters for all makes and models
It's important to make sure you get the right oil for your vehicle's engine. Don't worry though, we'll direct you to a service partner familiar with what your specific vehicle needs.
We can connect you with a huge range of service centres - from Toyota, Ford and Holden, through to European specialists who work with vehicles from VW, Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, and more.
What's more, since every Auto Hero service partner works with approved tools, parts, and diagnostic equipment, you can be confident you'll get the same standard of service you would at a main dealer - but without the price tag.
How much does fresh oil and an oil filter change cost?
There's no set price for an oil and filter swap across all makes and models - many vehicles require different types and amounts of oil, along with a dedicated filter.
We appreciate that this could make you wonder if you're being charged a fair price - but at Auto Hero, our way of working offers total peace of mind.
We believe fairness and transparency should be priorities when you're having your car repaired. Therefore, the price you've given when you get a quote for an oil and filter change is the price you'll pay. We do not work with service centres that haggle, inflate their prices or insist on additional work.
What's more, we don't charge any commission when you book your car maintenance using our website. We are Australia's highest reviewed auto repair comparison website - and we insist that the car servicing partners we work with share our great service and high standards.
Let us know Let us know what you need, and we'll find the best price for your filter and oil change local to you.