There are many aspects of your vehicle that require routine maintenance, but perhaps none are as important as the engine oil. But if you are new to cars or simply not well-versed in the lingo, oil changes can be a bit confusing.
Here are some FAQs about engine oil and oil changes to help you out:
The oil in your vehicle lubricates its many working parts so that the different pieces do not scrape against each other. It also absorbs some of the heat that is caused by the inevitable friction, keeping your engine cool and functional.
With time, the oil becomes dirty, fills with various types of debris, and it depletes. You need a fresh, copious store at all times to ensure that your engine is working properly.
Frequently, after you get your oil changed, a mechanic will place a sticker on your windshield indicating that you should get the oil changed again in about 3,000 miles. Following this rule will certainly keep your oil clean and well-changed, though most modern vehicles can go closer to 7,500 miles between changes. Either way, there should be a more specific number listed in your owner’s manual.
Yes, if you are worried about the amount or condition of your oil, you can check on it at home. Simply locate and remove the dipstick, wipe it off on a clean rag, and then re-insert it. Once you take it out again, there should be an indicator on the dipstick of how much oil you have, and you will be able to see if it is dirty.
If you still have questions about engine oil, oil changes, or anything else – or if you would like to schedule an oil change right here at our service department, feel free to contact us or simply visit anytime, here at Wantagh Mazda!