As engine oil ages, it gets contaminated and becomes significantly less effective at cooling and lubricating the engine. To ensure the reliability and quality of your car’s engine, make sure you change the oil as recommended by the manufacturer. Keep reading to learn about the signs that it’s time to go to a car repair shop, like Greulich’s Auto Repair, for an oil change:
It’s Been More Than 3,000 Miles Since Your Last Oil Change
The best source for advice on the proper oil change intervals will be in your car’s owner’s manual. To keep your car in top-notch condition, be sure to change the oil roughly every 3,000 miles if you’re using conventional oil, or 7,500 miles if it’s synthetic.
Your Car Is Driven Under “Severe” Conditions
Car experts recommend changing your engine oil more frequently if your driving conditions are considered severe. You are driving your car under severe conditions if the majority of your trips are less than ten miles, your trips involve lots of engine idling, your car is driven in dusty areas, or if you do a lot of towing. The Valley’s triple-digit heat waves are also considered severe driving conditions.
An Engine Oil Inspection Reveals Dirty Oil or a Low Oil Level
It’s a good idea to pop open the hood and check the engine oil dipstick once or twice a month. If the engine oil is dark and murky, or if the dipstick reveals that the engine oil level is below the recommended level, visit your local car repair shop for an oil change.
The Check Engine or Oil Light Is On
Any time a car’s on-board computer has detected low engine oil levels or dirty engine oil, either the check engine or check oil light will turn on. It’s important to visit a car repair shop if the check engine oil light comes on, as this light illuminates only when an urgent problem is detected.
If your vehicle needs an oil change, take it to Greulich’s Automotive Service & Collision right away. Waiting too long in between oil changes can cause permanent engine damage or even immediate engine failure. For more information about our auto repair services, visit our website or call (480) 389-2358.