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Need an Oil Change?

An oil change is one of the most common car maintenance to-dos. The cost can vary slightly depending on year, make, and model of your car and the type of oil used.

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$50 $125

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What is an Oil Change?

Engine oil is vital. It lubricates your engine, which keeps the metal components from grinding against each other. This, in turn, keeps both excess wear and overheating from occurring. The oil also picks up debris along the way, keeping your engine clean, playing the role of neighborhood trash collector.

But all good things come to an end. Over time, the oil gets dirty from the debris it has picked up along the way, and stops doing its job. And then it’s time for an oil change.

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When is it time for an Oil Change?

Scheduled maintenance

Let’s put the facts on the table. You completely ignore scheduled maintenance. No, it doesn’t make you a rebel. No, it doesn’t make the issue go away. It just gets you in a world of trouble. Your car comes with manufacturer’s recommended intervals for oil changes. Pay attention to them.

Replace oil warning light

Ahh, we're not the only ones who know you ignore your scheduled maintenance. Your car knows it, too, and will pester you with a reminder.

Low oil level

Over time, you’ll lose some of your oil. Some will disappear, some will likely leak out, even if you don’t notice any big leaks. Get in the habit of checking your dipstick before long drives, and if the oil level is low..well, you know what to do.

Dark, gritty oil

Hopefully, you don’t need to be told that "gritty" shouldn't be used to describe oil. If the oil is dark and gritty, and doesn't feel smooth to the touch, it's time for an oil change.

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How urgent is an Oil Change?

Hmm, what’s the word we’re looking for…very. Yeah, that’s it.

Oil keeps your engine from degrading and overheating. If your oil is low or dirty, it won’t do those things, and suddenly you’ll have a whole engine to rebuild instead of a simple 20-minute oil change. This is pretty simple, pal.

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