Changing the Oil
Engine oil is what lubricates a car’s engine, allowing it to run smoothly and last longer. Car owners must maintain a car’s engine by changing the oil and using the oil appropriate for their cars make and model. Every car comes with a “check oil” light and an oil filter under the hood. These components allow car owners to monitor their oil levels and add oil as needed without having to hire a mechanic.
Changing the Oil
An important part of routine car maintenance is changing the oil regularly. The necessary frequency of oil changes has become a point of contention among experts. The Engine Oil Bible maintains that engine oil can’t be changed often enough, but Nordic Group insists that, with the advent of detergent oils and multi-weight oils, some vehicles can go as far as 6,000 miles before needing an oil change. The best course of action is to check the owner’s manual and follow manufacturer’s recommendations.
An obvious benefit of changing one’s own oil is saving money, but oil change services frequently advertise bargains. If the “check engine oil” light comes on while driving, this is a strong indication that the car is running low on oil. A driver does not need a mechanic to add oil. However, if the oil light stays on or lights up shortly after adding oil, there may be a leak, and a mechanic should look at the car.
Each car, SUV, truck or van manufacturer lists time and mileage intervals for routine maintenance, inspections and part replacement. Some service intervals are shorter, requiring more frequent maintenance, while other maintenance intervals are longer, occurring once or twice over the life of your vehicle.
Some vehicles have internal clocks that alert you to when you need maintenance as well. Heed those indicator lights.
Of course, if you need work sooner, we’re here to help between recommended intervals. Find your vehicle’s recommended maintenance intervals. Need maintenance? Schedule an appointment.
Buy gasoline at busy stations to ensure you don't get a "bad load" that has been sitting too long in a tank. Also, don't buy gas at a station at the Same time you see a delivery truck filling an underground tank--and stirring up impurities in the fuel in that tank.
First, identify the exact bulb. Today’s vehicles have more bulbs than just the headlights and taillights. Even vehicles with long-lasting LED bulbs need to be replaced at some point. Newer vehicles have sensors to alert you of a bulb outage, but with some cars boasting over a 100 different bulbs, having an alert for each one isn’t possible. Before you drive off, check the exterior and interior of your vehicle for any lights that could be out. Most lights can be changed at your convenience, but critical exterior lights need to be changed immediately for the safety of yourself and others.