Oil Changes

Oil ChangesStaying on top of your vehicle service and maintenance schedule is vital to extending the life of your vehicle and to keep it performing at its peak level. When it comes to vehicle maintenance there is nothing that is easier or more important than having your oil changed on time.

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Clean oil is essential to a properly performing engine. When your engine oil is clean and fresh it lubricates the components of your engine reducing friction and heat. When your oil ages it also breaks down. When this happens instead of reducing friction by lubricating and cleaning your engine’s components it can actually increase the friction by leaving build-up on those components.

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There is more to an oil change or oil service than just replacing the oil. When you bring your vehicle to a top-level mechanic like Route 11 Automotive Repair there are multiple tasks that should be performed including:

  • Oil Level & Quality Check – Your mechanic will check the level and quality of your oil before replacing it. If the vehicle has been well-cared for but the oil is low or dirty it could mean that you have a leak or other engine issue.
  • Oil Drain – Your current oil will be drained and discarded to get your engine ready for the new oil.
  • Oil Filter Check – Your oil filter doesn’t always need to be changed when you change your oil, but it should always be inspected for excess buildup.
  • Oil Replacement – After the inspection and drain, your mechanic will determine which type of oil is best for your engine and replace the oil that was drained.

How Often Should I Change the Oil?

The most common recommendation for oil change frequency is every 3,000 miles or every three months. While that is an adequate guideline, the team at Route 11 Automotive Repair wants you to know that the frequency of your oil changes actually varies. After all, no two vehicles or drivers are exactly the same. From the make, model, and age of your car to your driving habits to the local environment, there are several factors that could result in needing more frequent oil changes.

The best way to determine how often your oil needs to be changed is by coming into Route 11 Automotive Repair to consult with one of our experts and get an inspection. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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