One of the simplest, most effective and inexpensive ways to help protect the life of your car is to change the oil and oil filter regularly. We recommend having an oil change service every 5,000 miles. This is a beneficial service that can head off a potential breakdown because a skilled technician is checking your vehicle three times a year if you drive the average 15,000 miles per year. Our full service oil change includes:
- High quality 5w20 or 5w30 synthetic blend oil
- High quality Napa oil filter
- Lubrication and inspection of chassis components
And while we’re changing your oil, we’ll check the following:
- Brake fluid level
- Serpentine belts
- Wiper blades
- Anti-freeze/coolant levels
- Air filter
- Tire pressure and tread life
- Differential fluid
- Transfer case fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Windshield washer fluid
- Battery water
- Exterior lights
OIL CHANGE WARNING SIGNS
Keeping an eye on oil level and other measures of your engine’s oil is critical. Lack of proper engine oil maintenance can damage the engine. Below, you will find a number of indicators that will help you prevent damage to your engine.
Change Engine Oil Soon
This message will display on your dash when your engine needs an oil change. This message may be displayed if the Oil Life System in your vehicle was not reset during your last oil change.
Heavy smoke from your tailpipe is a strong indicator that oil is being burned within your engine. This can be caused by a number of factors, including bad seals, worn piston rings and more.
One of the most immediate signs of an issue with your oil is leaks that are noticeable. If you detect a leak, address it with your repair shop as soon as possible. Catching a problem before it is truly a problem can save you time and money.
Under Hood Smoke
One of the most recognizable and dangerous oil warning signs is smoke coming from your engine. Oil leaking within the engine compartment burns when it drips onto hot engine parts. Leaks of this type should be addressed immediately.
Oil Pressure Low/Stop Engine
Low engine oil pressure can cause extreme and costly damage to your engine. If this message displays, safely bring your vehicle to a stop and do not restart your engine until the proper engine oil pressure is restored and the cause of the drop is corrected. You should check the oil level immediately. DO NOT operate the engine with the oil pressure warning light on or an ENGINE OIL LOW ADD OIL message displayed.