5 Signs Your Car’s Oil Needs Changing
Oil is the lifeblood of your car, but many drivers are finding themselves depriving their car of the good stuff. Changing your oil regularly can save you money in the long-run and protect your engine. It can even extend the life of your vehicle! Sophisticated sensors in your vehicle tell you when your oil needs to be changed. However, this can be difficult if the car is new or you don’t drive it very often. If you’re unsure when the last time you changed your oil was, here are 5 signs your car’s oil needs changing.
1. Oil Change Light
This is the most obvious warning you can receive that your oil needs to be changed, and it’s usually what most people wait for. This light will appear when there is not enough oil in the car’s system. Because of this, it is important to check the dipstick to see what’s going on. Worst case scenario, your check engine light can appear on your dashboard with the oil light. This is your car telling you that things have gotten worse and your engine may be a risk of further damage.
2. Engine Noise and Knocking
Slick oil allows your car to run smoothy in your engine. It helps avoid any metal-on-metal rubbing that create the knocking noise you may hear. If there is not enough oil, or it is not doing its job, you may hear an increasing noise in your engine. This is due to lack of lubrication and is a scary but very telltale sign that your oil needs to be looked at.
3. Dark, Dirty Oil
You want your oil to appear light amber and almost see-through. As it is used, it collects dirt and grime from your engine and turns a darker brown. It may not be obvious unless you’re constantly checking your oil, so it is important to check at least once a month to ensure your oil is still clean enough that it will do it’s job efficiently. Check by removing the dipstick and clean it off before dipping it in again. Once you pull it back our, if you cannot see the dipstick through the oil, it’s time to get that changed!
4. Oil Smell Inside the Car
The smell of oil is something no car driver wants to experience. However, sometimes it is something as simple as needing your oil changed. If you smell oil inside your car, it may be an oil leak. If the smell is more gas and fire, your car may be overheating. Regardless, it is always important to have your car maintenance immediately if you smell something out of place in your car.
5. Excessive Mileage
If you’ve logged a lot of miles in the last month, consider whether you need an oil change sooner than your normal schedule. Most cars should get their oil changed every 3,000 miles or three months, but check the owner’s handbook for specific guidelines. Newer vehicles may require an oil change every 6,000 miles. If you drive more than average, try a high-mileage oil for older vehicles.
Change Oil Promptly
Regular oil changes help extend the life of your car by keeping it running at peak performance. Oil changes are simple and inexpensive, and one of the most important things you can do to keep your car from aging prematurely. Having the right level and quality of oil will prevent excessive wear and tear on your engine, ultimately resulting in fewer repairs down the road – saving you time, money and frustration down the road.
Here at C&G Atuo, we care about your car’s health. We know that even with these 5 signs that your car’s oil needs changing, you may be unsure. Contact us and/or check out more about how we can help you at C&G Auto and Truck.