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Oil Change Service & Maintenance – How can we help you?
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An oil and filter change involves draining out the old motor oil and replacing it with fresh, new motor oil. The oil filter also gets replaced at the same time.
In general, yes. Changing your vehicle’s oil is one of the most important things you can do to avoid bringing large bags of money to your mechanic later.
However, there is a lot of controversy about exactly when engine oil gets old and how often it should be replaced with new oil. Because there are many factors at work — how you drive, the condition and age of the engine, the external environment you drive in, and stop-and-go versus highway driving — it is an inexact science. Owner’s manual recommendations for oil and filter changes vary from 3,000 to 10,000 miles.
We recommend that you change your oil and filter every 5,000 miles. That is our best estimate. It may be too soon for many people and too late for a few, but for the vast majority, 5,000-mile oil changes will help your engine last to a ripe, old age.
You may want to consider changing your oil more frequently if:
Oil undergoes thermal breakdown due to high operating temperature. When this occurs, the oil becomes less effective as a lubricant. And without a good lubricant (read: expensive), parts of the engine rub together and wear each other out. Oil also contains additives that can neutralize acids. Over time, these additives get used up and stop being effective. Finally, oil can absorb water, dust and combustion byproducts and hold them in suspension. Eventually, the oil gets saturated with this stuff and cannot absorb any more. Then that stuff remains in the engine and can cause corrosion.
Your engine will not last as long as it should. Oil serves many crucial functions, and clean oil performs those functions better than dirty oil. Oil is cheap and changing your oil every 5,000 miles (about twice the width of the United States) is a ridiculously cheap insurance policy against major repairs down the road.
Yes, you need to check the oil level every few hundred miles. With your car parked on a level surface, remove the oil dipstick, clean it on your brother’s best shirt and then reinsert it. Remove it again and check the oil level. Ideally, it should be right at the full mark. If it is at or below the add mark, that means you are a quart low and should add a quart of oil to the crankcase. If it is in between the two marks, you can add part of a quart to bring it up to the full mark (the distance between add and full represents a quart, so use that to estimate how much of a quart you need). Be aware, however, that since oil flows slowly when it is cool, the dipstick may not immediately reflect any oil you just added. So, estimate the amount of oil you need based on your first dipstick reading, and then check it again later that day or the next day to be sure you are near the full mark.