How To know It's Time For An Oil Change?

Oil Change Service

Every 10,000 miles, you should schedule an appointment with service professional for an oil change because this helps boost engine longevity. For older vehicles, changing the oil is usually recommended at around every 6,000 miles. Some cars, particularly trucks and SUVs, use special synthetic oils because it better protects the engine and oil change frequency is reduced. Here are some signs that it might be time to get your oil changed.

Sign #1: Dark and Dirty Oil

The biggest red flag of needing an oil change comes down to the color of the oil. As oil lubricates the engine, it begins to collect debris, dirt and other things. Because of this, you will notice the oil taking a dark and dirty tone. This shows you it's time to replace the motor oil because oil will typically be an amber color when clean. This also ensures that the engine stays lubricated and prevents the parts from grinding against each other. Along with using the dipstick to look at the oil level, you can also use it to check the color of the oil.

Sign #2: The Engine Makes a Louder Noise

Another danger sign is when the engine makes a louder noise. This means that you don't have enough oil in the engine to keep it lubricated. As a result, the parts have begun to grind against each other and thus making a louder engine noise. You might also hear the engine making a knocking sound.

Sign #3: Do You Smell Oil Inside the Cabin

Changing the Engine Oil

One of the signs that you should never ignore, if you start to smell oil inside the cabin, you could have a huge problem. Many times, the smell will come mixed with gas, and this indicates a big problem because the engine is most likely overheating. This can lead to an engine fire.

Sign #4: Is There Smoke Coming from the Tailpipes?

While vapor will always come out of the tailpipes, when you start to see smoke, this isn't a good sign. The vapor should almost always be translucent unless it's very cold outside. Whenever the fumes coming out of the tailpipe change to smoke, this indicates that you could have a serious problem on your hands. The problem could come from two different sources: A need for oil or it could come from faulty engine parts that need changing.

Sign #5: Going over on Mileage

You have two main signs that you can go from when it comes to changing the oil. You can either change the oil every 6,000 to 10,000 miles, or you can change it every three months, whichever one comes first.

Looking at the owner's manual of your particular make and model can also give you a better idea on how frequently you should change the oil. These are general rules, rather than the specifics. If you notice any of these signs, it might be better to change it sooner than later.

You can contact us at Superstition Springs Lexus or come into our dealership in Mesa and we’ll be happy to assist you, from answering any questions to changing your oil.

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