Has it been a couple thousand miles or more than three months since my last oil change? Be sure to check your owner’s manual because you may have more time than you think. Most modern vehicles can no go longer between regular service intervals such as oil changes. This has to do with a far more efficient use of your engine oil.
That doesn’t mean you should ignore your oil for all that time either. It is important to check the health of your oil from time to time. A good rule of thumb is to inspect your oil for tell-tale signs that something else maybe wrong with your engine.
Your engine oil serves a very specific purpose, it cleans and lubricates the moving components in your engine. Unwanted debris is cycled through and eventually deposited in your oil filter. Over time your oil lines can become contaminated with dirt and other harmful particulates. You should inspect your oils with gloves on. First wipe off the dipstick and put it back into your engine, the second time you take out the dipstick will tell you your oil levels. By now you will most likely be able to tell if your engine oil smells “burnt.” This smell or a gritty feel to your oil can be cause for concern and should be diagnosed sooner rather than later.
Another factor in the life of your oil is regular towing or prolonged trips. Time spent driving is hard on your car but the sooner issues are addressed the more reliable your vehicle will be. We understand how much you depend on your car, truck or SUV and that’s why we will be happy to check your oil any time you think it may need to be changed. Every time you bring your vehicle into one of our shops is an opportunity for us to provide you with the best service possible.
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