Everyone knows they need to have their oil changed, but many people forget to do this important maintenance task. You may even wonder if it’s truly necessary, or if you can get by with postponing it a bit past the recommended date. The answer to this is a resounding no. Changing your vehicle’s oil on the right schedule is one of the most important things you can do to protect your engine. We make it easy to tackle this important task.
Why Oil Changes Are Critical to Your Engine’s Life
Your engine’s oil is an important lubricant. The oil lubricates many moving parts in your engine to prevent friction and the damage that it can cause. As it ages, it breaks down and loses some of its lubricating properties. This can cause serious damage to your engine when the moving parts start to rub together and increase the wear and tear on critical components. In addition, your oil filter can get clogged with grime that makes it harder to circulate the oil effectively.
By having your oil changed as needed, you can ensure that it can do its job well. If you’re overdue for an oil change, stop in and let us tackle the job.
When to Have Your Oil Changed
When should you invest in an oil change? Every vehicle has different recommendations. However, a common rule of thumb is to change the oil every 3,000 to 7,000 miles or every three months, whichever comes first. Factors that can impact the frequency of your oil change include:
- The climate you drive in
- Whether or not you are towing a trailer
- How aggressively you drive
- The type of oil your vehicle uses
Between oil changes, make a habit of checking your oil level. If you notice that your dipstick is registering below the safe level, visit the mechanic immediately. A leak can lead to serious issues. Similarly, if the oil light comes on, you need to add oil and make a trip to our shop for service.
To make sure you’re using the right oil change schedule, talk to one of our expert mechanics, or consult your owner’s manual.