Oil changes are one of the most common services that a car owner has to keep an eye on. Healthy motor oil is essential to the overall performance of your vehicle, ensuring that it is running smoothly and efficiently.
There’s a lot to know about oil changes, including when to get one, what the signs are that your car needs one, and how or where to get one done. From our team at Findlay Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to drivers in Findlay, Fostoria, and Toledo, OH, here’s everything you need to know about oil changes near me.
The frequency at which your car should have an oil change will vary. You can almost always follow your vehicle’s owner’s manual, but there also plenty of other signs that you need to get your car’s oil changed.
Most newer vehicles will provide a pretty obvious indicator that tells you that the oil level is low and it needs to be changed. Typically, they’ll alert you to the low oil level before it becomes a problem, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your vehicle into the shop.
The systems that create these alerts usually track a few things. They monitor how many miles your vehicle has traveled as well as additional details, like how hard the car is being driven or how often it starts and stops.
While these alerts are an effective method of keeping an eye on oil levels, there’s also plenty of ways you can do that yourself.
So, what exactly can you do to keep an eye on the health of your vehicle’s oil? The easiest way is to watch the mileage over time. Again, the longevity of oil after it’s changed varies based on what type of vehicle you drive as well as how you drive it.
You’ll find split opinions on the ideal interval between oil changes. Some still say that every 3,000 miles or every three months is best. However, you’ll find others that say that due to advances in engines and motor oil, you can make it 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil changes. Depending on how you drive—and more specifically how often you drive—you could be looking at an oil change every 6 to 12 months.
Keeping such a close eye on how many miles you’ve driven over a specific amount of time can be a pretty daunting task. Luckily, there are much easier ways to monitor your vehicle’s oil levels.
The simplest way is by using a tool called a dipstick. It’s found under the hood and extends into where the oil is kept, otherwise known as the oil pan. All you have to do is pull the dipstick out, wipe any existing oil off of it, place it back in, and pull it out once more to determine the current oil level.
Each dipstick will have a different indicator for low vs. high oil, depending on what kind of vehicle you drive or what kind of dipstick you’re using.
Now that you know how to keep an eye on your car’s oil level, what do you do when it’s time to get it changed? Well, that’s actually the easiest part.
When the time comes to get your ride’s oil changed, head down to our service center. Our goal is to get your vehicle back in tip-top shape and provide quick and easy oil changes near you.
While our team of certified technicians changes your oil, you can take advantage of these benefits from our service center:
At our service center, you can expect a quick oil change that’ll get you back on the road in no time. Scheduling your next oil change is just a few clicks or one phone call away!