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What Do you Need to Know about Oil and Your Car?

Oil is a vital fluid for your car’s engine. Auto Repair Technology has some information that can help you to make the most of your oil changes and might make it easier to understand why oil changes are so important.

How to Check the Oil Yourself

As a car owner, you really do need to know how to check your car’s oil yourself. You don’t necessarily have to change it yourself, but it helps if you know where the dipstick is and how to make sure you’ve got plenty of oil and that it still looks fairly clean. Park your car on level ground and remove the dipstick. Wipe the dipstick clean and reinsert it into the tube. Pull it back out and carefully check where the oil level hits on the dipstick. There are labels to help you see how much oil is there. You should do this about once a month.

When to Change Your Car’s Oil

Your car’s owner’s manual gives you detailed information about when you should get your oil changed. The general rule of thumb is every three months or 3,000 miles. But that’s not necessarily a hard and fast rule and it might not be what your car’s manufacturer recommends. So it always pays to refer back to your manual.

What Oil Your Car Needs

Again, your car’s owner’s manual is the best source of information for the type of oil your car needs. It’s possible that you can use anything from conventional to synthetic or even a blend. But it helps to know for sure what the manufacturer suggests. The right oil will help to protect your car’s engine much more efficiently.

What Can Happen if You Skip Oil Changes

It’s easy to forget oil changes. Life gets busy and you’re always on the go. But if you skip oil changes, that takes a toll on your car’s engine. Engine oil is there to lubricate the engine, but it does more than that. It also helps your engine to stay cooler and the oil collects debris and dirt, keeping it out of the engine. Old, broken-down engine oil can’t do that, and then you risk costly engine repairs.

Need an oil change? Auto Repair Technology in Brook Park, OH has the experience and knowledge to help you keep your car in perfect running order. Give us a call and we can schedule an appointment for your next oil change and help you to get on a regular oil change schedule.

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