Most drivers know that one of the most frequent kinds of service their vehicle needs is an oil change. If you are confused about what kind of oil your car needs, when or how often, read on for helpful tips on oil changes for your car.
Oil changes are generally fast and simple, but crucial to maintaining the health and performance of your vehicle. Oil is like the lifeblood of your car, constantly flowing through your engine, lubricating and regulating the temperature of moving parts along the way. Over time, dirt, debris and grime can contaminate oil and harm important components under the hood. Oil changes using the best oil for your specific vehicle ensure the heart of your car continues to run cleanly, efficiently and powerfully. New oil is like preventative medicine to extend the life of your car’s engine.
There is a simple answer to the question of when your car needs any kind of service: check your owner’s manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations for oil changes. Suggestions can vary greatly for different makes and models, but most follow time and mileage intervals. Individual driving habits, conditions, vehicle age and maintenance history also influence the health of the vehicle and when it’s next oil change is due. No two vehicles are really alike! Your team of technicians at SAF-T Auto Centers can create a schedule based on your driving habits and mileage to ensure your specific vehicle receives the care it needs.
Drivers can also monitor oil themselves to determine when it is time for a change. As always, unusual sounds or activity from your vehicle can be an alert that it’s time for service. Using the right tools, you can also get under the hood to check oil levels, color and consistency, but we warn you, it can be a dirty job! That’s why some newer vehicles monitor themselves to provide service reminders based on their driver’s specific habits. The dashboard light will illuminate when it is time for your next oil change appointment at SAF-T Auto Centers in Wallingford and Waterbury, CT.