Oil changes are the most important maintenance you can get for your vehicle. While you’ve probably gotten them here and there over time, you should always follow a regular oil change schedule. Often, we notice motorists put off or skip their oil changes altogether. Doing so can wreak havoc on your engine, so make sure you’re always on the lookout for the signs of bad or ineffective oil.
Signs That Indicate It Is Time for an Oil Change
Dark and Gritty Oil
Not only should you be changing your oil on time, but you have the ultimate responsibility to check your oil often. All you have to do is pop open the trunk and use the dipstick. Pull out the stick, wipe it off, reinsert the dipstick, and remove it once more to get an accurate reading. If the oil levels are correct and the oil isn’t dark or has an odd texture, you should be good. If oil levels are low and the oil has turned a different color, be sure to bring your vehicle in for an oil change ASAP.
When your engine is properly lubricated, it should run fairly quiet. If you catch your motor making strange noises, it may mean that your engine lacks lubrication. You should check your oil levels to make sure there isn’t a leak. You can take it a step further by bringing your vehicle to our shop for an inspection and oil service.
Oil Pressure Light or Oil Service Message Comes On
If you get a message on your dash indicating that your oil pressure is low or an oil change is due soon, you should definitely not take it lightly. Specifically, with the oil pressure warning light, damage may already be done with your oil pressure being too low. You’re going to need to bring your vehicle in for an oil change service immediately.
The team at Gil’s Garage Inc of Half Moon is committed to getting your engine the proper lubrication it needs. Please never skip or overlook your oil changes. You can find the recommended oil change intervals set by your automaker in the owner’s handbook. If you have any questions regarding oil changes or would like to make an appointment, please call or visit our shop today.