Oil Changes Are the Most Important Service for Your Car

June 10th, 2011 by

How Often to Change Oil  – We Answer This Common Car Question

When it comes to auto maintenance and repair, oil changes are the most important part of the regular maintenance you will need to perform in order to keep your engine healthy. When the oil isn’t changed, engine debris will begin to mix with the oil, and over time the oil in the car will start to break down. The more you drive your car and the harsher the driving conditions are, your oil will wear down more quickly and thus, needs to be changed more often. An oil change is simply replacing dirty oil with clean oil in order to keep your vehicle in top working order.
All vehicles will need to have their oil changed regularly. What does regularly mean?  Most of the oil companies are recommending vehicle owners have their oil changed every 3,000 miles or every three to six months regardless of what kind of driving conditions.  A vehicle with a new engine that has little or no wear can most likely get by on the oil changed every 7,500 miles. However, as time goes by and the engine miles increase, the oil will need to be changed more often.

Here is how to tell if your vehicle is in need of an oil change:

  • If the oil is black or brown in color, it is likely time to have it changed.
  • If it is more of a light yellow or amber color, most likely you will be good for another few thousand miles.

Checking the color of the oil will be your best indicator of when is in need of an oil change rather than going by a certain number of miles.
It’s also important to routinely check your oil level, as running an engine that’s low on oil can cause some pretty serious damage to your car.  To learn how to check your oil level, watch the video below.

Another way for you to increase your oil change intervals is by using a synthetic oil that have more friction reducing properties and detergents to keep the oil cleaner. These synthetic oils can increase fuel efficiency, horsepower, and will extend the life of engine greatly.

It is recommended that you check with your manufacturer to ensure you are using the proper oil and service schedule to protect your factory warranty.

Here at Fisher Auto we do oil changes all day long and are responsibly recycling the used oil! Why do it yourself? Come in to Fisher Auto today and a qualified service member will have you in and out in no time. Call to make an appointment, or simply stop by our Express Service building where you don’t need an appointment for an oil change.