Safety – Experience –Trust
Preventive care ensures the safe, and reliable performance of your car. Regular service and maintenance are crucial to make sure your car always runs at its optimum level.
I know, you are thinking quick and fast when it comes to oil changes. That’s fine, but things have evolved over the years. Now, more than ever, complete vehicle inspections are an integral part of the oil change. Our shop will look at your tires, look under the body of the vehicle, peek through your wheels to look at the brakes, check your wipers, and top off your fluids on each oil change service.
We want to keep you and your family safe! This will be done by an experienced technician, not a trainee. This tech works at a guaranteed pay, not on a commission so there is no incentive to upsell services or recommend a service that’s not necessary. Trust the service.
Depending on the age of your vehicle, the type of oil you use, and your past driving conditions, oil change intervals vary. It used to be normal to change the oil every 3,000 miles, but with modern lubricants, most engines today have recommended oil change intervals of every 5,000 miles. Some manufacturers have specific requirements to maintain your vehicle’s warranty coverage. You might want to check your owner’s manual for specific requirements. We can offer you our professional advice.
It’s best to keep track of the miles you drive between oil changes, though newer model cars make this easier with a dash indicator that tells you it’s time to head to the shop, as part of what is called an oil life monitoring system. These systems track your mileage and also use data from your driving that’s analyzed by your car’s computer to determine when your car needs an oil change. When the light illuminates, it’s best to get the oil changed as soon as possible, but it’s not necessarily urgent.
If your car has an oil life monitoring system, note that this light is different than your oil pressure light, which illuminates on your dash if your car’s oil isn’t flowing properly due to low level, a failing oil pump, a leak in the system or some other issue. Learn the difference between the two dash lights, because if the oil pressure light comes on, you need to stop driving as soon as possible to avoid engine damage.
Get in the habit of checking your oil at least once a month to ensure your car’s not leaking or burning oil. If the level is low, add oil. Good oil should be a clear brown-black color, though the Automobile Association of America (AAA) cautions that color is not the only indicator of oil life. If the oil is murky or opaque, it might be time for a change, and if it’s milky, your engine may be leaking coolant. If your car has one of the aforementioned oil monitoring systems, though, you might not have a dipstick to check the oil.