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Proper oil maintenance will help extend the life of your vehicle. Generally it is recommended to change your oil every 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first (Follow your owner's manual recommendations). Even if you do not drive often, the engine oil could get contaminated as a result of accumulated moisture. Contaminants are whipped into the oil as it runs through your engine. Neglected oil will eventually turn these contaminants into sludge. Sludge could eventually cause engine failure.
Motor oil plays a vital part of the engine. You can consider it the blood of the engine. But unlike the blood in your body, it needs to be replaced. Not only does the oil become dirty, but the additives in oil (which play such a vital part of its performance) begin to break down and can no longer perform. During our multipart service, all of the engine's oil is replaced along with the oil filter. Vital under hood fluids are checked and replenished to the recommended level (excluding brake fluid). This, along with checking your engine's air filter, inspecting your wiper blades, adjusting the tires to the recommended pressure, and cleaning your windshield is done in just a few short minutes. Our certified, friendly technicians will provide you with a "next service due" sticker, reset your maintenance indicator light (where applicable) and offer you a complimentary beverage while you wait comfortably in your own vehicle.
Your engine oil has many different important functions such as lubricating moving parts, transferring heat away from the engine, pulling dirt and deposits away from the engine and to the filter and sealing and coating engine and combustion parts. There are lots of additives in your oil that help keep your engine operating efficiently. These additives will break down over time due to heat and wear. When this happens your oil cannot do its job protecting the engine as it was intended to. Also your engines oil filter will become clogged overtime as it does its job trapping contaminates. When this happens dirty oil will travel through the engine unfiltered. Deposits can build quickly and damages can occur to internal parts. The only way to prevent these things from happening is having your engine oil and filter changed on a regular basis.
Not at all. Hot oil becomes thinner and drains much quicker when it is hot versus cold. Think of it like your breakfast syrup, the hotter the syrup the quicker it drains from the engine. A hot engine will get all the oil out quicker and get you on your way.
There are many great options for oils available in the market. Synthetic and Synthetic Blends are a great choice. There are also oils designed for vehicles over 75,000 miles that help prevent oil leaks and oil burn off. Your vehicle manufacture will specify the type of oil you should use for your vehicle. This oil generally meets an industry standard. Some vehicles may require a fully synthetic or synthetic blend, while others may require the use of special engine oils. Our technicians will show you the options your vehicle requires.
There are typically two lights that are associated with your oil. The most common light would remind you to change you oil. Most of these lights are set up on a timer or evaluate driving conditions for the vehicle. This does not indicate the actual quality of the oil in the vehicle and only serves as a reminder to change the oil. These reminders will be reset during the oil change process by a Take 5 technician. The second light would come on (service engine soon or check engine) could be related to a lack of oil pressure of abundance of pressure. This is generally a mechanical failure. You should stop driving the vehicle and have it inspected as soon as possible to avoid major damages.
Viscosity is the oils resistance to flow at a given temperature. This tells you how well the oil will flow through the engine at different parts of operation to increase protection and fuel economy. The first number is the cold rating. It’s paired with a “W” which stands for winter. This number will dictate how well the oil will start in cold temperatures. Generally a 0w or 5w. The lower the number the easier the flow. The second number will dictate how well the oil flows at normal operating temperatures. This number is generally a 20 or 30 number. Your vehicles manufacture will tell you what viscosity is best used for your vehicle. A Take 5 technician will be able to identify the viscosity right for your vehicle and show you what are the best options to go with.
This number varies greatly on many different situations. Your vehicles manufacture will list out mileage intervals based on your driving conditions. Typically this is listed as severe versus normal. While most would consider themselves a normal driver, severe driving includes; stop and go driving, driving over 55mph, driving in dusty, hot, cold or rainy conditions, excessive idling and driving for periods of 10 minutes or less. The quality of the oil, oil filter, and maintenance habits will also dictate how long you can go. As a best practice, Take 5 will suggest 3 months or 3,000 miles. However, it is suggested to look at your manufactures specifications and determine what interval is right for you.
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