The job of engine oil is to keep all of the moving parts in the engine operating smoothly and also to clean the engine. To do this, the oil continuously circulates through the oil filter keeping the oil clean of debris that could harm the engine.
An oil filter is a filter designed to remove contaminants from engine oil, transmission oil, lubricating oil or hydraulic oil. When, over time, the oil filter starts to lose its ability to clean, the oil becomes dirty and the lubricating qualities lessen. This prevents the oil from properly doing its job of cleaning and lubricating.
Skipping oil changes leads to clogged oil filters and sludge that can damage your engine.
A good recommendation is to change the oil and oil filter every 3,000 – 5,000 miles.
Synthetic blend motor oil.
A premium blend of synthetic and conventional oils, plus advanced additive technology provides added protection against severe driving. Synthetic blen motor oils work harder and longer than conventional oils to provide enhanced engine protection. And, in cooler temperatures, synthetic blend oils hold their viscosity, which gives your engine protection even at start up. Conventional oils and synthetic blends are fully compatible.
Synthetic oil is recommeded for some vehicles.
A substitute for petroleum-based oil, synthetic oil has a longer lifespan. It doesn’t gel or gum-up like petroleum-based oil and it doesn’t’ vaporize as easily. It protects better in severe driving conditions, like stop and go driving or in very hot or very cold conditions. Synthetic motor oil also maximizes engine power and fuel economy.
More and more new vehicles delivered are with full synthetic motor oil and with the recommendation to use synthetic for the life of the vehicle.
Something to keep in mind is that a synthetic oil change is significantly more expensive than a conventional one. However, it may be better for your vehicle in the long term.
Oil Change includes
- Oil Change, New Oil Filter
(as recommended by manufacturer)
- Check and adjust tire air pressures
- Lubricate any front end parts where applicable
- Check and top off all vehicle fluids including:
- Brake fluid
- Power Steering fluid
- Radiator antifreeze
- Transmission fluid
- Windshield washer fluid
- Visual inspection of:
- Air filter
- Drive Belts (excluding any covered belts such as the timing belt)
- Exterior lights
- External fluid leaks
- Radiator hoses
- Suspension and wheel bearings for horizontal or vertical play