There are four different types of Oil Change Services at Walmart namely:
- Pit Crew Oil Change: Walmart’s Pit Crew Oil Change service includes using up to 5 quarts of Quaker State Advanced Durability conventional motor oil (5W-20, 5W-30 or 10W-30) and a new oil filter. In addition, the chassis of your vehicle is lubricated where necessary, your Battery performance is checked and your tire pressure is checked and adjusted accordingly.
The price is $19.88
- Standard Oil Change: Walmart’s Standard Oil Change service includes using up to 5 quarts of featured conventional oil and a new oil filter. In addition, chassis lubrication is done where applicable, together with all the services listed under Lube Services. Additional charge may apply for non-featured oils.
The price is $29.88
- High Mileage Oil Change: Walmart’s High Mileage Oil Change service includes using up to 5 quarts of featured High Mileage or Semi-Synthetic oil, and a new oil filter. Chassis lubrication is also done where applicable, together with all the services listed under Lube Services. High Mileage oils are recommended for vehicles with more than 75,000 miles. Semi-Synthetic oils that are GM Dexos compliant are also included in this package. (See your owner’s manual for requirements.)
The price is $39.88
- Power & Performance: Walmart’s Power & Performance service includes using up to 5 quarts of featured Synthetic motor oil and a new oil filter. Chassis lubrication is done where applicable together with all of the services listed under Lube Services. The Power & Performance Package includes Full-Synthetic oils that are required for many newer vehicles. (See your owner’s manual for requirements.)
The price is $49.88
Oil change prices constantly fluctuate because of increasing cost of overhead, location, and inflation.
According to Walmart’s Tire and Lube auto service center the latest prices are:
|Pit Crew oil change||$19.88|
|Standard oil change||$29.88|
|High Mileage oil change||$39.88|
|Power & Performance oil change||$49.88|
The choice of which Walmart Oil Change service is right or best for you depends mainly on the age or mileage of your vehicle. Internal seals and gaskets of your vehicle normally become brittle and shrink as they age, making oil to seep out. This seeping out of oil can sometimes become visible as oil stains on a garage floor or becomes visible on lower engine parts. When the valve-guide seals wear out, the oil can leak into the combustion chambers making the engine to start burning oil. If the leak is small, the blue smoke generated by the burning oil may not be visible from the exhaust, but your oil level will probably drop constantly below the full mark.
There are seal conditioners in high-mileage oils which are capable of reducing or eliminating small leaks and seepage by reactivating seals to their original shape and size. It may not be worth the extra cost going for high mileage oil change if your engine is not leaking or burning oil, and it is using like less than a quart of oil over 6,000 miles or so. However, it may be advisable no matter what, if your car mileage has attained like 100,000 miles.
In addition to having seal conditioners, high-mileage oils usually make claim to containing more detergents that clean out sludge inside the engine, in addition to other additives meant to reduce wear on moving parts.
Although some mechanics recommend switching to thicker (higher viscosity) oil like 10W30 instead of 5W20, or using oil additives to stop oil leaks, it is not desirable. This is because thicker oil can make an engine harder to start in cold weather, reduces oil circulation around the engine and increases oil pressure. Consequently, there will be more pressure in trying to push the oil past the seals and the gaskets.