Oil & Oil Filter Change

Engine Oil

Engine oil is what lubricates a car’s engine, allowing it to run smoothly and last longer. Car owners must maintain a car’s engine by changing the oil and using the oil appropriate for their cars make and model. Every car comes with a “check oil” light and an oil filter under the hood. These components allow car owners to monitor their oil levels and add oil as needed without having to hire a mechanic.

Changing the Oil

An important part of routine car maintenance is changing the oil regularly. The necessary frequency of oil changes has become a point of contention among experts. The Engine Oil Bible maintains that engine oil can’t be changed often enough, but Nordic Group insists that, with the advent of detergent oils and multi-weight oils, some vehicles can go as far as 6,000 miles before needing an oil change. The best course of action is to check the owner’s manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

An obvious benefit of changing one’s own oil is saving money, but oil change services frequently advertise bargains. If the “check engine oil” light comes on while driving, this is a strong indication that the car is running low on oil.  A driver does not need a mechanic to add oil. However, if the oil light stays on or lights up shortly after adding oil, there may be a leak, and a mechanic should look at the car.

Oil Change Services
Experts recommend changing the oil and oil filter in your vehicle every 3 months or 3,000 miles, which ever is first. It's an essential way to maximize engine protection. Oil changes at 7,500 miles are usually too long an interval for most common driving conditions. Refer to your car manual.

Oil Filter
Oil filters play a key role in providing that protection by helping to keep dirt, metal filings and sludge out of your oil, and out of your expensive engine. That's why experts recommend changing your oil and oil filter in your vehicle every 3 months or 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers), whichever comes first, to maximize engine protection. (Always refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for recommended procedures and maintenance schedules.)

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