One of the best things you can do to ensure the longevity of your vehicle is to change the oil and filter at the recommended maintenance interval. This differs from one car to the next, so make sure you check the owner’s manual to ensure that you are on the right track.
If you are unsure of whether your car needs an oil change, the best thing you can do is visit FAR. We can change your oil, let you know if you should have done so sooner, and help you get on a better schedule.
Here are three signs your car may need an oil change in the near future:
1. There are particles mixed in with the oil. This may not be something you can see, but when your mechanic changes your oil it will be obvious if you waited too long. If your filter let’s contaminants through, it could have a negative impact on the engine.
2. Your engine is louder than usual. If you know your car you will know if it is louder than usual, signifying an issue. Oil lubricates your engine, and without this it will begin to grind and rub, leading to noises that you may not be familiar with.
3. Your check engine light has come on. If this appears on your dash, it is a must to visit a mechanic in the near future. This could mean something is wrong with your engine, which could be related to old oil that is no longer doing its job.
Along with the above, if you cannot remember the last time your car’s oil was changed it is better to be safe than sorry.
Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. If you follow the recommended maintenance and service schedule, you don’t have anything to worry about.