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Why Changing the Oil Is Important

When you follow the recommended maintenance schedules, also remember to change the oil when needed. The oil is important for vehicles because it lubricates the engine’s components.  This allows the components to pass through each other with a less friction. This allows the engine to operate at the correct speed and eliminates major wear and tear to other engine parts. Essentially, motor oil helps create a barrier between the parts that allows them to slide past one another more easily. This allows the vehicles efficiency, power, and performance to increase improving the vehicles longevity. Motor oil also helps by cooling the engine. While the oil circulates it is diffusing the heat throughout the process. Lastly, motor oil cleans debris between parts. In order for an engine to work properly it must stay clean. Oil filters are the key aspect in keeping harmful particles out of your engine.

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Knowing Where the Oil Filter Is

Oil filters are located in different areas under the hood, depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in. We can check the oil for the condition it is in, as well as any damage that might be done to the reservoir. For the most protection, your vehicle’s oil filter should be changed every other time the oil is changed. The owner’s manual can also be referenced for the correct filter and type of oil to use. If the owner’s manual is not available, a copy of it can found free of cost on the manufactures website. Not utilizing the correct oil can damage the vehicle. The same can be said with putting in too much oil, which can put too much pressure on the parts causing them not to work properly.

Changing the Oil on the Recommended Schedule

It is recommended that you change your vehicle’s oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. Pay attention because the amount of time recommended between oil changes can also vary on larger vehicles versus smaller ones. While newer vehicles typically have a setting on the dashboard that will indicate the oil life, it is still important to have a routine checkup of the oil level in the engine on a regular basis. Motor oil can become dirty quickly depending on the driving time of the vehicle and even leak, which will cause major problems under the hood and possibly be a costly repair bill.

Checking the Oil Levels in Your Vehicle

In between your vehicles regular routine oil change, it is important that you check your oil approximately once every two weeks.  This is especially important if you will be traveling a long distance. Before checking the oil level, make sure the engine is cool. If you notice that the color of the oil is dark brown or black this indicates that the motor oil is dirty and should be replaced. To prevent premature damage to your engine, check your engine’s oil level consistently.  This will help ensure the effectiveness of your vehicle when you drive.

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