With the abundance of other tasks on your to-do list, no one can blame you for forgetting to change your oil—except, perhaps, your mechanic and the person who’s unlucky enough to be driving your car when it breaks down. If you’ve lost track of when you last changed your oil, it’s important to watch for the signs of trouble. Getting an oil and filter change could be the best thing you’ve do ne for your car lately.
Here are the signs your car needs an oil change sooner, rather than later:
- Your oil level is falling fast: Maybe you top off your oil regularly to ensure your engine operates smoothly. Usually, that’s a good thing—but if you find yourself replacing the oil more often than normal, that’s a strong sign that you need a mechanic to check things out for you.
- The oil texture seems irregular: When you check your oil level, you should also be checking its texture. A dark color might mean your oil is picking up dirt and grime from the engine, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. However, when the texture seems too thick and gritty, it’s time to get an oil change (and maybe a checkup).
- You hear more engine noise: When your engine starts making a bunch of knocking or ticking noises, it’s time to change your oil. It’s the fastest, easiest way to troubleshoot—and if it doesn’t work, it won’t put you out too much money.
- Your check engine light keeps coming on: Your check engine light can come on for a number of different reasons. If you haven’t changed your oil in a long time, it could be an emergency situation—which means you’re going to need to change that oil ASAP.
- Your car shakes while idling: Sometimes, when there isn’t enough oil—or the oil quality is really bad—your car will start shaking while idling. That’s due to the excess friction in your engine. If you notice this shaking sensation, it’s time to change your oil.
- You’ve put more mileage on your car than usual: Just come back from a long road trip? If you’ve recently put more miles on your vehicle than usual, it’s smart to change the oil. Your vehicle has probably worked overtime lately—unless you just changed the oil before you left, go ahead and give it a refresh.
- Your vehicle is giving off more exhaust than normal: Finally, when your car starts to give off more exhaust than usual, that can mean it’s undergoing a serious issue. This could have to deal with the oil or something more serious. Start with changing the oil and see how it operates—then bring your vehicle to one of the repair techs at Gene’s 112 Auto Service Center for a checkup.
Your car is a complex machine, and the team at Gene’s 112 Auto Service Center is here to help you maintain it. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your next oil and filter change service.
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