4 Signs You Might Need an Oil Change
by Rob J. Quality Links
drive a car, you know there are certain things you need to do to keep out
running. One of these things is changing your oil. You’ve probably gotten so
used to getting your oil changed, you’ve forgotten why you’re getting it done
in the first place. The fact is if you neglect to change your oil, your car’s
engine will suffer as a result, so here are some important signs its time to
take your car into a 24-hour oil
1. Dirty Oil
seen what oil looks like out of the can. When brand new, oil is a translucent
amber color. The longer the oil lasts in the engine, the darker and dirtier it
gets. Too much dirt, and it won’t be able to perform its primary function of
reducing stress and friction in the engine. To see if your oil is too dark, once
a month remove your dipstick and wipe it clean. Dip it back in and remove
it again. If you’re still able to see the stick through the oil, then the oil is
still good. If not, you should take your car in for an oil change.
2. Engine Noise
should be pretty used to what your car’s engine is supposed to sound like. When
the oil starts to break down, the metal-on-metal contact that’s taking place in
your engine will become rougher, resulting in louder engine noise. The noise
will only increase the longer you go without an oil change, so you should get
one sooner rather than later.
3. Check Engine Light or Oil Change Light
engine light — while not necessarily an emergency — should always get checked
out by a mechanic. If your oil change light comes on, check the oil with your
dipstick. If you’re short on oil, take your car in for an oil change and tire
rotation while you’re at it.
4. Dirty Exhaust Smoke
it’s okay to see vapor coming out of your tailpipe or even a little smoke on
cold days, you don’t ever want to see smoke trailing after your car as you
drive down the road. Smoke can be an indication that parts in your engine are
breaking down, or that there’s an oil leak. Either way, you’ll want to get it
looked at by a professional.
If your oil needs to be changed — and you think it might be an emergency
— don’t hesitate to seek the services of a garage that specializes in a 24
hour oil change.
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