Oil changes are seen by many people as the single most basic aspect of routine preventative auto maintenance. While putting off an oil change won’t have an immediately noticeable impact on your vehicle, those who put off an oil change once are likely to be repeat offenders.
So how can you know it’s time for an oil change? For starters, if you can’t remember the last time you had your oil changed… it’s probably past time. But there are also some other clues you can look for, such as a louder engine or a “check engine” light that’s always illuminated. If you feel like getting more hands-on with your investigation, you can actually check the oil yourself. It should be a light brown color, and if it’s black, or if it’s full of particles, it’s time for an oil change. Finally, if your oil level is just very low, it probably means it’s been a while since it’s been changed.
The easiest approach to determining whether you need an oil change is to stick to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. This can be found in the owner’s manual. Then, once you’ve had the oil changed and the mechanic puts that little sticker on the inside corner of your windshield, pay attention to it! Keep tabs on your mileage, or put a reminder on your calendar to ensure you stick to the schedule.
For fast and affordable oil changes, visit the team at Bowman’s Auto Repair today!