Here at Yates Express Lube, we obviously complete a lot of oil changes. With that, we also field a lot of great questions about oil changes from our customers. Here are the most common questions – and their answers – that we get on a regular basis.
Why should I get an oil change?
The answer to this question may seem obvious, but oil lubricates the moving parts of the engine enabling it to work properly and avoid damage. However, over time, that oil becomes dirty and breaks down becoming less effective. Regularly oil changes can ensure your car is working as efficiently as possible and helps prevent costly repairs.
When should I change my oil?
Although opinions on this vary, the best answer is to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual. It will tell you how often you should change your oil for your car’s specific make and model. Additionally, some vehicles have sensor that illuminates on the dashboard that indicate when service is needed. These sensors monitor the number of miles you have driven and the conditions you have been driving in and adjust accordingly. Once these indicators are illuminated, it’s time to come in for an oil change at your earliest convenience.
Additionally, if you are already a Yates Express Lube customer, you can refer to the sticker in the top right corner of your windshield and you should receive an automated email from us reminding you of when it’s time to have your oil changed.
Should I check my oil level and if so, how often?
You should check your car’s oil level about once a month. However, keep in mind that some newer vehicles now have electronic oil level monitors and not the traditional manual dipstick. If your vehicle has a dipstick, be sure your car is on level ground and has cooled sufficiently if you have been driving it. If the oil level is below the minimum mark and your vehicle is not due for an oil change, simply add more oil and continue to monitor the level to ensure you don’t have a leak. Additionally, keep an eye on the color of the oil – it should be brown or black. If the oil is milky or cloudy or if there are any metal particles in the oil, you may have a coolant leak or internal engine damage. Stop by or give us a call to make an appointment and we’ll be happy to take a look.
Do I need to get a synthetic oil change?
The answer to this of course is… it depends. Synthetic oil is designed to be more effective at resisting breakdown (and because of that, it lasts longer) and withstanding high temperatures. If your vehicle’s owner’s manual says to use synthetic oil, then do. However, even if it does not, there may be other reasons to get a synthetic oil change over a conventional oil change:
- If you make short trips. Conventional oil takes longer to warm up and do its job of protecting your engine’s parts. If you mostly make short trips, you may want to consider using synthetic oil.
- If you live in a region with very cold winters or very hot summers.
- If you use your vehicle for towing or hauling heavy material.
If your vehicle is in need of an oil change, stop by, give us a call or make an appointment online today!