The coronavirus pandemic sometimes makes it seem like time is standing still. But don’t let that fool you! Time hasn’t stopped and neither should your care and maintenance for important things, including your means of transportation.
The pandemic is NOT the time to get neglectful and cause damage to your vehicle. One of the best ways to maintain your vehicle is to keep up with your oil changes.
Benefits of changing your oil on time
One benefit of properly changing your oil is keeping your engine running smoothly. A running engine has many fast-moving parts. The constant metal-on-metal friction can build up a lot of heat and damage over time unless well-lubricated.
That’s where the oil comes in.
In addition to lubricating, oil cools and cleans the engine’s parts by collecting debris and dust that gets in. As time goes on, the oil gets dirtier and gunkier, and is unable to keep the engine healthy.
Another benefit of keeping up with oil changes is your engine lasting longer. Car owners should realize that the damage done just from an engine not having enough oil is irreversible. So if you’ve been keeping up with your oil changes up to this point, your engine is probably in tip-top shape. Why mess that up and cause damage to your engine parts? This will cut down the life of that engine.
Who doesn’t want better gas mileage? According to Top Driver, that’s exactly what you’ll get if you continue with your regular oil changes. This makes your engine work more efficiently.
Signs you need your oil changed
One of the first signs you may notice is the oil light on your dashboard. When this is illuminated, that means your oil is low. What should you do next? Verify it by checking the oil level yourself or looking at the dipstick. In addition to the oil level, check the appearance and texture of the oil. If it feels a bit gunky and smudges easily, it’s probably time to change it.
Another place to look on your dashboard for signs that it’s time for an oil change is your mileage. Depending on who changed your oil last, you may have a sticker in one of the top corners of your windshield letting you know at what mileage you’ll need to get your next oil change.
The suggested guidelines for how often you should change your oil depend on the age of your vehicle. Older cars should get oil changes every 3,000 miles or every 3 months, whichever comes first. Newer cars can wait and get oil changes every 6,000 miles or every 6 months.
When the need for oil is getting worse, your vehicle will let you know in other ways.
Ummm…that’s your engine.
One of the telltale signs of an engine needing immediate attention is a knocking noise. Any other types of strange noises that come from your engine that don’t sound like the regular roar should definitely be investigated. When you can hear the metal-on-metal action and friction going on inside your engine, the need for oil is dire.
Options for getting your oil changed
It may sound daunting, but the task of changing your own oil is just a matter of having the right tools and following a few fairly easy steps — and being okay with getting a little dirty.
There are instructions all over the internet to help you through the process. You definitely shouldn’t just walk out to your car and say, “Okay, where do I begin?”. Make sure you’re prepared by reading a list of tools and materials needed before diving into the task.
Of course, not everyone has the time, or interest, to change their own oil. In that case, bring your vehicle to a professional in the Bryant Motors Service Department! We definitely have the time and interest to give your vehicle the full attention that it needs to continue running smoothly. Contact us today to schedule your oil change and to discuss our social-distancing procedures.
Pandemic or not, don’t neglect your car. The pandemic may end soon, but that doesn’t need to be the case for your vehicle’s engine.