It’s safe to say that all of us want our cars to last as long as possible, they certainly aren’t inexpensive enough to constantly buy a new one. When thinking about how to extend the lifespan of your car you probably jump to thinking about car accidents and having to avoid getting into those. While yes, avoiding car accidents is not only great for your insurance and your car’s longevity, making sure you regularly service your car is right up there with it, if anything it is even more important. Here’s why, the average person can drive to and from work and easily avoid an accident, but the average person will also procrastinate getting their car serviced. We all either do it or know someone else who does it. You see that little light pop up on the dashboard and know that one of these days it is time to see your local mechanic. Many people groan and see it as an inconvenience. However, it is one of those inconveniences that can quite literally add years to your car’s life. A car that is not regularly serviced will only lead to other internal problems, eventually making the car run poorly. At AutoWorks Delray we understand that sometimes it’s easy to pass an oil change off as a minor and unnecessary service, which is why we are going to lay out all the facts.
What You Need to Know About Oil Changes
- How Often Should You Get Your Oil Changed
A common misconception is that every 3,000 miles you should get your car serviced, this is entirely false in many cases. Modern-day cars are more and more being seen to go as long as 7,000 miles to sometimes-even 10,000 miles. Unless you have an older car, we would recommend not overdoing it on the oil changes. Going too often when your car is not ready is an easy way to spend way more than you need to. It’s also important to keep in mind that even if you aren’t driving say 7,000 miles a year, you still need to get the oil changed as if you did drive that much. Oil gets less effective over time and will not benefit your car when it gets too old. This can lead to a shorter engine lifespan. For those who do not drive often, we recommend going twice a year anyways.
- How to Choose the Right Oil for Your Car
There are so many different oil types making it confusing to know which one is the best fit for your car. This question can sometimes be answered by taking a look at the owner’s manual; however, if you no longer have the manual or if it doesn’t specify, asking an expert at AutoWorks Delray is never a bad idea. Something many people do not realize is that in newer cars you can find the weight of the car’s motor oil on the cap to the hole where the oil is added. This is great information to know so your mechanic can quickly locate the cap and give your car exactly what it needs.
- How Often Should You Check the Oil Level
Keeping an eye on the car’s oil level is equally as important as getting it changed promptly. We’re all guilty of not checking the oil and just taking the car in when the light comes on or the mileage has been reached, but a lot of problems could arise if you aren’t keeping an eye on the oil level. It’s critical to check the levels frequently to make sure there is not an oil leak. Oil leaks can cause numerous problems to the car and could sometimes get to the point where it may not even function properly anymore. If you check the oil levels and notice its lower than it should be, add some oil in and keep a close eye on it until you can get it into the shop. It’s also important to note that the oil should be black or brown, any other colors could mean there is other damage in the car that needs to be checked out.
At AutoWorks we make sure that you are in trusted hands when bringing in your car. We will walk you through the process from start to finish, making sure you know exactly what kind of service is being done to your car. One of the values we pride ourselves on is having integrity while providing great customer service. For all your oil change needs in Delray Beach give us a call at (561) 272-7451.