Life has been pretty chaotic, so it's easy to forget to change your oil. Motor oil lubricates your engine's hot moving parts, and it also helps keep it from overheating. An oil change is one of the simplest maintenance tasks that work to prolong your vehicle's lifespan. If you don't remember the last time you got your oil changed, you may be overdue. Below are three major signs that indicate your vehicle needs an oil change.
The engine oil looks dirty and dark.
Healthy motor oil is honey brown and free of debris. Over a few thousand miles, the oil will get darker and collect pollutants. Old oil can become thick and chunky, losing its beneficial properties. Old oil can leave the engine starved, causing major friction between the hot metal parts. While the vehicle is cold, pop the hood and pull the oil dipstick to check its quality. Wipe the dipstick and reinsert it. If the oil is dark and murky, set some extra time aside to get your oil changed.
There's a noticeable burning oil smell inside the cabin.
A pungent burning oil smell that's noticeable within the cabin can indicate a problem. Check to ensure the motor oil isn't too low; it may need to be topped off. Inspect underneath your vehicle for any oil leaks. A mechanic should inspect oil leaks because it can lead to your engine overheating if neglected.
An unusual sound is coming from the engine.
Turn the music down, is your engine making any unusual sounds? There may be engine parts knocking together if there's a knocking, clapping, or clicking sound. Without the lubricating elements of healthy engine oil, the rods can become damaged and cause serious malfunctions.
Oil change in Sacramento, CA, with TOS Auto Repair.
How often you change your oil depends on several factors. Check your vehicle's owner's manual for recommendations from the manufacturers on a changing schedule for your specific vehicle. Don't always rely on your mileage sticker to determine when it's time for an oil change. Depending on your driving habits, you may need to change your oil sooner than expected. If you notice any of the above signs, bring your vehicle in for an inspection. Our automotive experts would be happy to explain what's going on.
If it's time for an oil change, we are currently offering a special $15 off synthetic oil change and $10 off conventional oil.
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We offer a complimentary white-glove pick-up and delivery service. The inside of your vehicle will be thoroughly sanitized before and after your oil change.
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