California drivers are familiar with the old adage to get your oil changed every 3 Months or 3,000 Miles. While this may have been true in the past, most modern vehicles are now able to go longer between regularly scheduled maintenance intervals. This is because they make more efficient use of your engine oil. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for your factory recommended maintenance schedule.
Your engine oil serves to lubricate and protect the moving components of your engine. This helps cut down on friction and prevent metal to metal contact. Friction and heat can be your engine’s worst nightmare. Letting your oil burn up or leak out can cause some serious damage to your vehicle.
That is why having your vehicles oil changed in a timely fashion is important. Your engine not only protects your engine it also cleans your engine. Your engine circulates through your engine picking up harmful contaminants and debris before depositing them in your oil filter. When your oil filter becomes saturated and can no longer filter out damaging particulates, they will continue to circulate and cause damage to your engine.
When Do I Need to Change My Oil?
A good practice to start is to check your oil every other time you have to fill up your tank. Pull out your dipstick (using gloves) to see if your oil has a burnt smell, a gritty texture, or discoloration. These are are symptoms that indicate you should have your vehicle inspected by a professional mechanic sooner rather than later.
Here at Carbex One Stop Auto Shop, we can perform quick oil changes because we know that your time is valuable. So if you have questions about your oil or want to make an appointment for an oil change, give us a call, drive on into our shop or schedule a time online for a day that’s convenient for you.
Once we get to know you and your vehicle, we can then suggest a maintenance schedule that is convenient for you and your wallet. Regularly schedule maintenance such as oil changes and other services that your manufacturer may suggest at various mileage markers is one of the most cost effective and efficient ways to maintain your vehicle, helping you avoid unnecessary roadside breakdowns or being stranded in a parking lot when your car won’t start.