Oil Change Service
Check the owner's manual to see if your
driving habits are considered to be
"severe service." This type of driving
requires more frequent oil changes, warns
the Car Care Council. Have the oil changed
accordingly, usually every 3-5,000 miles.
For less wear and tear on the engine,
drivers in cold climates (sub-zero driving
temperatures) should drop their oil weight
from 10-W30 to 5-W30.
Description: The typical
oil filter consists of a high-strength
steel housing containing various types of
filtering media. An anti-drainback valve
prevents oil from running out of the
filter when the engine is off. Today's oil
filters have a convenient spin-on design
that makes removal and installation easy.
Purpose: The oil filter sifts
out contaminants, allowing the oil to flow
through the engine unrestricted. Should
the oil filter become restricted or
clogged with contaminants, they will flow
around the filter. This bypassing is a
safety mechanism, but you never want to
let oil and filter changes go so long that
bypassing takes place.
For best results, consult your owner's
manual, but consider that your driving
probably constitutes a severe maintenance
schedule. Usually, this means oil and
filter changes every 3,500 miles or 3
months. An oil
change at your local shop: Sounds
simple, but there’s some pretty
important things to know about preventing
Oil eventually starts to
turn into jelly. Literally – petroleum
jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and
keeps oil from getting to some areas of
causing parts to wear out prematurely.
And that means expensive
That’s why you need to change the
oil and oil filter on schedule
– to get the old oil out before it turns
to sludge. Your manufacturer will have a
recommendation for how many miles you
can go between oil changes. They also
usually have a number of months between
recommended oil changes. That’s because
the detergents and other additives in
the oil break down over time.
Your owner’s manual will
have a recommendation for time and
mileage, but you need to remember that
it’s based on using the recommended
weight of oil. And if your vehicle came
from the factory with synthetic oil, the
recommended intervals assume you
continue to use synthetic.
Also how you drive around
in our suburban street can have a big
effect. Most owner’s manuals will have a
list of driving
conditions that are harder on your
vehicle. Things like stop and
go driving, short trips or driving in
very hot or very cold weather, heavy
loads and towing. If some of your
driving fits this, you may need to
change your oil and do other maintenance
on a shorter schedule.
This may sound
complicated. Some vehicles have an oil life
calculator that takes all of
these factors into account and tells you
when you should change your oil.
Otherwise, talk with our Service Advisor
about how you drive and get their
recommendation for when
to take care of your service.
Finally, if any of the
steering or suspension parts can be
lubed, our technicians will take care of
that with a lube, oil and filter
Cheaper to Change Your Oil than to
Change Your Engine!