Many motorists are told when they purchase a vehicle that in order for them to maintain their vehicle’s level of performance, they need to follow a routine oil change schedule. At London’s Automotive, we condone this advice, as it ensures your vehicle is always filled with fresh, clean motor oil. Unsure if your vehicle needs an oil change? Here are three signs that it’s time to schedule an appointment.
When you look at clean motor oil, it will have a clear, amber appearance to it. As the oil continues to cycle through the engine, it begins to darken and get dirty, as it’s picking up particles from within the engine. Eventually, the oil will look dark and dirty and take on a gritty texture. While this is normal and simply means the oil is doing its job, it also means that your vehicle will need an oil change. Driving with poor oil for long periods of time can really hurt the engine, so we recommend you schedule an oil change the moment you notice deteriorating oil.
Motor oil is responsible for not just keeping the engine clean, but also lubricating the numerous parts found within it. If you go a long period of time without an oil change, you may hear some loud knocking coming from your engine. This sound is metal-on-metal contact between the parts in the engine and it’s caused when there isn’t enough motor oil or the oil has broken down and the parts aren’t properly lubricated. Don’t ignore this sound and schedule an oil change immediately, as it can cause major damage to the engine.
If you have had your vehicle brought in for an oil change in the past, you may notice a mileage sticker on the top left corner of your windshield. On that sticker, you’ll see a recommended mileage for when you need to return for your next oil change. If you notice that your vehicle’s odometer is well over this recommended mileage interval, then your vehicle probably needs an oil change. For reference, most vehicles require an oil change every 3,000 miles, while newer vehicles can last up until 6,000 miles. For accurate information in regards to when you need an oil change, reference the owner’s manual found in your vehicle!