Oil Changes are Important!

Changing your oil regularly is one of the most important routine vehicle maintenance tasks that you can perform! The oil is the lifeblood of your engine and keeps it running properly, lubricating all the moving parts from pistons to valves and everything in between. If your engine's moving parts are not properly lubricated, your engine can overheat.  When your engine is properly lubricated it can improve your vehicle's fuel economy and keep your engine in tip-top shape longer, saving you money! We have compiled a list of tips and things you must know about oil changes below, so keep reading to learn more. 

Changing the Oil
When to change your oil heavily depends on the type of vehicle you drive so you should always consult your owner's manual! Most modern vehicles are equipped with service reminders that monitor the health of your oil, the number of miles you're driving, and how hard you are driving the vehicle and can adjust when the oil should be changed accordingly. You should schedule an oil change as soon as you receive an alert! Some people live by the "every 3 months or every 3,000 miles" rule but some vehicles and types of oil don't require changes that often. In fact, some automakers suggest oil change intervals be at 7,500 or even 10,000 miles and 6 or 12 months. Again, consult your owner's manual! 

Checking the Oil Levels Between Changes
You should always keep an eye on your oil level because even some of the newest cars needed to be topped off between oil changes. We recommend that you should be checking your oil levels at least once a month. Some vehicles offer electronic oil monitors so you don't have to manually check but if not and you do have dipstick there are a few things you need to make sure of before you check! They include making sure you are parked on level ground and that the engine is off. Pull out the dipstick and wipe it off and fully insert it back into the tube and pull it back out again to see where the oil is. There should be two marks on the stick, L for low and H for high or lines, and the oil level should fall between the two markings. 

Using the Right Oil
Most newer vehicles stamp the weight of your vehicle's motor oil right on the cap where you top off the oil. Again, you can check your owner's manual information for this information. There are three types of motor oil: conventional (75% to 80% of refined crude oil), Full Synthetic (standard base plus additive), and Synthetic Blend (a mix of conventional and synthetic). Using the correct oil is crucial to make sure your engine is working correctly. If you are not sure, give our service department a call and one of our advisors can help you out. 

If your vehicle is ready for an oil change, our service department is the best place to go! We make it incredibly easy to book your next oil change with our online scheduling form that you can fill out here. If you like to change your own oil but have any questions about your vehicle and the oil that it requires give our service department a call today!

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