One of the best maintenance tasks you can do is to stay up-to-date on oil changes. It is an easy way to lengthen the lifespan of your vehicle. It is not always obvious when an oil change is necessary and many drivers procrastinate when it is time. While your vehicle’s manufacturer will spell out specific guidelines for oil changes in the owner’s manual, the need for an oil change will vary with vehicle use. Traveling on dirt or gravel roads can lead to more dust getting in the oil. If you ever notice anything out of the norm, it is recommended you contact us and bring the vehicle in as soon as possible.
If your vehicle does not have an oil check light, you have to determine your oil life the old fashioned way. It is simple to look at your dipstick for a few indications that may tell you if your car needs an oil change. Oil is a light, clear amber color when it is fresh and becomes a black or dark brown color when it has reached the end of its life. If the oil has a burnt odor to it, it is time for an oil change. Small pieces of metal or other debris may also be found in the oil if it is no longer properly doing its job. Be aware of these indications that your vehicle needs an oil change to keep your engine running efficiently.
If you are like most people, you have one of those oil change reminder labels that shows when to expect the next oil change. Typically it should be changed every 3,000 miles. Sometimes this time frame can go by very fast and as a result it could be four to 5,000 miles before the oil is changed. If you are not sure how often to have the oil changed, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct schedule.
When you get the oil changed for your vehicle, it can add extra benefits when you drive. The first is that it will keep the engine and moving parts properly lubricated. Without oil in the vehicle, the metal parts will start to wear against one another when you drive. This can cause extra strain and stress on the engine. If there is not any oil in your vehicle, then the engine can stop working all together. This can result in a costly repair bill when it would have to be fixed. Having the oil changed when recommended can also help keep they parts working efficiently with one another. If you are not sure when the oil should be changed on your vehicle, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on a schedule that would be beneficial for you and your vehicle.