Abbott Luxury Automotive Repair in Tulsa cannot stress enough how important it is to stay on top of your oil changes for your vehicle.
Oil changes are a way of creating mileage milestones for maintenance. Many “tune-ups” and maintenance items can be kept up to date by considering the time between oil changes as a unit of measurement. It is much like counting the rings of a tree. It gives you a general idea of mileage and time between oil changes, though it is not perfect.
Some people look at that little sticker on their windshield and think it is just a suggestion, especially cars who have hit the expiration date, but not the mileage. Many of the latter think that mileage is a more important number then the number of days between changes.
It is more important with your vehicle then those cars that are driven more often. For example, during short trips the engine heats up and cools down for longer periods of time, that can in time cause a large amount of condensation. This moisture can easily accumulate on the oil’s fill cap with a mass of a gray oily “globular mess”.
Sometimes this is misdiagnosed as an internal engine problem, which brings up another great point. It is recommended you have a trained individual perform the change. Yes, it is not too hard to do a simple oil change, but the benefit of using a properly trained mechanic is so they can see under the hood, while they are completing the oil change. Many times they can spot things that will need to be fixed before too long, as well as hidden problems that could be disastrous later in the vehicles life. Issues such as fluid leakage, cracked or frayed belts, bulging hoses and safety items including torn wiper blades, burned out lights, and unsafe tires should be examined.
It is also a good time to get a look under the car. While changing the oil they can look for issues including, torn CV boots, broken exhaust parts, or problems with the transmission. Anything that’s broken, loose or excessively worn is in clear sight.
Back to those oil change benchmarks, if set up can be a great way to stay ahead of maintenance. For example, every third oil change can be tire rotation time. Also if your vehicle needs a certain fluid refilled after four oil changes and later on it took only one oil change to need a refill, could be an indication of a leak.
It may not seem like it, but the oil change is probably the most important procedure you can get done on your vehicle. Do not procrastinate and gamble with your vehicles well-being visit with us at Abbot Luxury Automotive Repair for your automotive vehicle needs.