Oil Changes

April 21, 2017

The Benefits of An Oil Change

  Oil changes are an important part of your vehicle and deserve your attention. Engine oil is responsible for carrying out a number of important engine related duties. Oil helps to reduce friction against the engine. The older the oil gets, the dirtier it becomes. Oil is equally important in that is reduces the engine’s operating temperatures. Frequent oil changes ensure that your vehicle’s engine has a steady supply of clean engine oil. Clean engine oil that flows better and absorbs engine related heat. Oil also helps to increase engine lubrication, which in turn prolongs the longevity of your engine and its internal parts. It also helps to prevent engine sludge. Small pieces of metal flake off from the engine parts and get picked up by circulating engine oil. Old oil can get loaded with particles and can cause build up within the engine and major damage.   Synthetic oil is similar to traditional petroleum-based motor oils and the two can be used interchangeably. There are some advantages to using synthetic oil though. Synthetic oil has a greater lifespan. This means it does not need to be changed as often as traditional motor oil. This is because synthetic motor oil is both slower to decompose chemically and less susceptible to evaporation over time. Synthetic oil is highly recommended in warmer temperatures because it flows more easily and performs better with higher temperatures.   If you are using traditional petroleum motor oil, it is recommended that you get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. If you are using synthetic oil, it breaks down much slower than normal oil. It is generally considered safe to extent the intervals between oil changes when using synthetic oil by up to fifty percent. Synthetic oils are engineered not to build up on engine components and some are designed to clean engines as they lubricate. It does not matter what type of oil you use in your vehicle as long as you are cautious and make regular oil changes.   You can tell if the vehicle needs an oil change by looking for the oil dipstick that is labeled for oil under the hood. Pull the dipstick out and check for the oil level. If the oil level is below the marked spot on the dipstick, make sure to replace the oil as soon as possible. You may also notice a light on your dashboard that will resemble an oilcan. If you notice this light, you should have your oil level looked at immediately. Oil is an important liquid for your vehicle. Regularly check your oil level in the vehicle to help improve the reliability. If you are unsure if the oil should be changed, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the vehicle and oil for you.
October 24, 2016

Why Oil is Needed for Your Vehicle

The oil is needed for your vehicle because it lubricates the engines and moving parts of it. Over time the oil will get old and need to be changed. It is important to contact us and we can recommend an oil change schedule for your vehicle based on your vehicle and where you drive. Without oil, your vehicle will not operate properly, and the engine will eventually seize up. If you notice any signs of a leak, make sure to bring the vehicle in. If the oil is leaking it can cost more than normal because you will have to refill it often. It can also cause the parts to wear against one another and need to be replaced sooner than they typically should. Make sure to check the oil in your vehicle regularly and before any long trip you might go on. This can help keep the vehicle at top performance levels. It is also recommended to have an extra quart or two of oil in the back seat of your car. This way if the oil light comes on, you are able to top it off without the worry of trying to find a place to purchase the oil.   When the oil is changed, the oil filter should also be inspected. If it is clogged, it should be replaced to help ensure the efficiency of your vehicle. An oil filter will typically be replaced on every other oil change. The filter will help collect the pollutants and dirt as the oil passes through the filter. This prevents these particles from damaging the parts of the engine. No matter if you need an oil change, or want the vehicle to be inspected for general safety, bring it in so we can help provide you with a safe and reliable driving experience. This can also help keep your vehicle lasting as long as possible.
June 20, 2016

Before your Vacation, make sure to follow these Tips

  You might be excited for your summer vacation, but remember to take some time to have your vehicle inspected. The vehicle should be inspected so you can prevent any chance of an unexpected breakdown. Make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it. We can look at the parts and components of the vehicle to ensure they are working properly. If you ever notice anything that is out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can find the source of the issue for you.   To get ready for summer, here are some tips to follow:   1) The brake system should be inspected. Any odd noises or how the brake pedal reacts should be inspected. 2) Check the tires. Under inflated and worn tires will need immediate attention, as have a greater chance to blow out. 3) Check all the fluid levels and condition they are in. 4) The oil should be changed according to the recommended schedule. 5) Inspect belts and hoses for any cracks, wear, or lose connections. 6) Change the engine’s air filter. Over time it will plug up with dirt and grime that impacts mileage. 7) Inspect the windshield wipers and washer fluid. This will help you see better on the road. 8) We can test the radiator, coolant, and thermostat. Doing so will help prevent the vehicle from overheating. 9) More batteries fail from the heat of summer than the cold of winter, so bring the vehicle in and we can check the battery cable connections and test the battery. 10) Don’t forget to check the air conditioner belts, hoses, and temperature output, so you can stay cool all summer long.    
May 27, 2016

Oil Changes are Recommended

  Part of helping keep the vehicle in the best condition possible is to make sure the oil is changed when scheduled. The oil is an essential lubricant that is needed for the engine of your vehicle. The oil helps to allow metal to press against metal without any damage to parts or the vehicle. Also, the oil lubricates the pistons as they move up and down in the cylinders of the vehicle. Without the oil, the metal against metal friction will create an excessive amount of heat. This could then cause the surfaces to end up welding themselves together and the engine would seize up.   The motor oil lubricates and cools the moving parts for the engine of the vehicle. Without new clean oil, the engine will begin to wear down. This is because the metal on metal components can grind against one another. This will lead to extensive wear and tear to these parts. Not having clean oil, or having a level that is too low, can cause serious issues for your vehicle. By going to oil changes, you can help to alleviate the build up of sludge or varnish.   Motor oil will degrade over time because of temperatures, pressure, and contamination it will have. With time, dirt will start to accumulate in the oil. This can lead to the oil filter becoming clogged. The filter is designed to remove dirt from the oil. When we change the oil, we can also check the oil filter. If you are not sure how often to have the oil changed, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct schedule.  
March 25, 2016

Tips to Improve the Fuel Mileage of your Vehicle

    It is important to go to regularly scheduled maintenances for your vehicle. This can help to determine if parts or components of the vehicle need to be repaired or replaced. If there is an issue with the vehicle between visits, it is recommended you bring it in as soon as possible. This way the issue can be resolved before further damage is done to the part of the vehicle. This can reduce the chance of an unexpected breakdown as well. By having the vehicle maintained, it can decrease the possibility of a costly repair bill in the future. Regular maintenances can also help to improve the fuel mileage for your vehicle.   To help improve the mileage, there are some steps you can do to help increase the fuel efficiency when you drive. Having added weight in your vehicle significantly decreases the fuel mileage. Always check your tire pressure and for proper tire inflation. Having an underinflated tire will result in poor fuel mileage because your vehicle has to work harder. Also make sure to watch the speed when you drive. All vehicles have an optimum fuel consumption speed, which is where the car can travel the farthest and use the least amount of fuel. Going too fast and changing your speed a lot can hinder your fuel mileage, it is best to set your cruise control. The cruise control helps to ensure that you are always going at a constant speed and are not risking going too fast. Keeping your speed steady will save you gallons of fuel and also make for a smoother more comfortable ride.   Hybrid cars use an electric motor which stores energy that would otherwise be wasted during braking or when driving downhill. Depending on the type of hybrid system used, hybrid cars can achieve as much as 200 miles per gallon or more. If you ever notice poor fuel mileage, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle for you. This can help you to have an enjoyable drive.