Oil Change

Oil Change

Your vehicle’s engine is made up of complex parts that must be adequately lubricated to work correctly and avoid damage. An oil change is a vital service because, over time, your engine’s oil breaks down and becomes contaminated with dirt and debris. When this happens, your engine can’t do its job. That’s why it’s essential to have your oil changed regularly to ensure your vehicle continues working at its best.

How Often Should You Get Your Oil Changed

For newer vehicles, it’s recommended to change the oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. For older vehicles, changing your oil every 3,000 miles is recommended, especially if you choose conventional oil. Depending on your vehicle, you may need a specific synthetic blend or a full synthetic oil to maintain these oil change intervals. For some vehicles, it all depends on your actual driving patterns. That’s why it’s essential to speak with the specialists at Dowdy’s Automotive to find out how often your oil needs to be changed to ensure your vehicle functions at peak performance. 

mechanic performing oil change

Signs It’s Time For An Oil Change

While it’s best to follow the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle, there are some signs it may be time for an oil change. These include:

  • In newer vehicles, your dashboard oil reminder will take into account your personal driving conditions and let you know when it’s time for an oil change.
  • If there’s dark oil on your dipstick. Fresh oil is transparent, light brown, or amber. Old, dirty oil is dark brown or black; you can’t see through it.
  • Your engine keeps overheating. Poor lubrication can cause your vehicle’s engine to work harder, generating excess heat.
  • Tapping or grinding noises that sound like metal on metal. These noises are a result of your old level being too low to protect your engine.

Keep in mind it’s essential not to ignore any oil leaks. Oil leaks can lead to engine failure and unwanted fire hazards. Signs of an oil leak include:

  • Fluid on engine parts or under your vehicle.
  • A burning odor or blue smoke from your exhaust.

If you spot any of these signs, it’s essential to get an oil change and fluid diagnosis as soon as possible.

Vehicle Tune-Ups

An engine tune-up can help any vehicle run “like new” for longer. If it’s time for a new filter or belt or you have another issue cropping up, our technicians will help you understand your repair and maintenance options. We include full vehicle inspections with every oil change. We’re also happy to give our customers a head’s up about any 30K, 60K, or 90K service that might be coming up for your car. Routine maintenance makes all the difference in the life of your vehicle. Knowing what will be due—and when—can help you budget accordingly.

Oil Change & Tune-Up Specialists

As the lifeblood of your engine, oil reduces friction, lubricates mental parts, lessens wear, and forms a protective seal between pistons, rings, and cylinder walls while helping to cool your engine. Without regular oil changes and tune-ups, carbon and varnish buildup become toxic to your engine. If you want your engine to run more efficiently while maximizing fuel, minimizing emissions, and prolonging the life of your vehicle, trust Dowdy’s Automotive for all your oil change and tune-up needs. 

Either give us a call to schedule an appointment or just stop by whichever one of our shops is closest to you.

We’d be happy to help care for your old change and tune-up needs. We’ll also be sure to keep you informed of all the options you have available. Finding the most cost-effective solution is always our go-to. That’s part of the reason why we’ve been able to build such a loyal customer base over the years. If you haven’t worked with us yet, please don’t hesitate to reach out!