Oil Changes: Why They’re Important and How Often You Should Get Them

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Oil Changes: Why They’re Important and How Often You Should Get Them

It’s no secret that oil is an essential component of your car. Motor oil helps to keep the engine lubricated, and in turn, allows the engine to run efficiently. 

Depending on your vehicle, you will have different oil change needs. The type of oil, as well as the frequency of oil changes, will vary. A general rule of thumb, however, is to check your oil often and consider an oil change every 3,000 miles or so. Failure to keep up with oil changes can lead to costly repairs, and in extreme cases, engine damage or failure.

When to change the oil?

Without oil to provide lubrication, the engine will suffer from overheating. Several warning signs should be taken as a cue that you need new motor oil right away; these include:

  • Check Oil Change Light: When the oil levels within your vehicle are insufficient, you will be alerted by a warning light that it is time for an oil change. Warning! Your car is alerting you that the engine may be in danger due to faulty components or lack of oil. Act quickly before lasting damage occurs.
  • Engine Noises and Clunking Sounds: Oil lubricates the engine parts and prevents them from contacting each other directly, allowing your vehicle to remain quiet. Without proper oil maintenance, however, this noise will begin to increase – in extreme cases, you may even hear knocking or rumbling noises indicating that a lack of lubrication is causing destruction within your engine components.
  • Dark & Dirty Oil: Clean oil is typically golden in hue and slightly see-through, yet as it accumulates engine particles, its color gradually darkens. As such, you must inspect your motor oil every month to detect any changes – remove the dipstick and wipe it off before placing it back into the tank; then reinsert it after a moment to observe if you can still recognize through the liquid – if not, an oil change is necessary!
  • Oil Leak: If you smell oil inside the car, it can often signify an oil leak. If you also smell gas or exhaust fumes, the vehicle may be overheating. Either way, you will want to schedule maintenance immediately.
  • Frequency vs Miles: Have you been driving a lot recently? If so, it may be time to consider an oil change before your normal schedule. Though the number of miles more than likely varies from car to car, most should have their oil changed every 3,000 miles or three months. On the other hand, newer vehicles usually require changes around 6,000 miles or six months. Have you heard about Long Life Oils? They feature premium extended life and expensive synthetics, enabling oil changes every 10,000 miles or even 12,000 miles!

Replace the oil regularly

Regular oil changes are a simple and affordable way to prevent your car from succumbing to the effects of aging. Maintaining sufficient amounts and quality of lubricant will reduce strain on key components, eventually leading to fewer repairs in the future. Investing time now into proper maintenance can save you money in the long run!

Schedule your oil change today

If you’re from Medford or one of the nearby areas, don’t wait any longer to schedule an oil change at Schulz Garage! Our auto repair chain is one of Oregon’s best and most reliable. Every mechanic on our team brings years upon years of experience, as well as genuine friendliness and devotion to transportation freedom. So come visit us today for a top-notch service that will leave your vehicle running in excellent condition!

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