Oil Change FAQ’s
Regular oil changes are a key part of keeping your car in top operating conditions. When it is time for your next oil change come to Firkins CDJR in Bradenton. FL. Here is some information on oil changes and how we determine what is best for your car.
Conventional oil versus synthetics
Conventional oils are based on crude oil-based oils with additives for wear protection and engine cleaning. Synthetic oils can have crude oil as their base but can also be created from other compounds. They have been chemically altered to provide exceptional stability and lubricating properties. Firkins CDJR’s technicians will know which type of oil best suits your car or truck.
In most newer engines synthetic oils are preferred since they can be changed less often while retaining their excellent lubrication properties, They are also more resistant to thermal breakdown and oxidation. In colder climates, they provide good lubrication when the engine is cold and more wear can occur.
Oil Life System Indicator
Many new vehicles are equipped with an Oil Life System Indicator that shows when an oil change is needed based on driving habits, engine temperatures, mileage since the last change, and other factors. When the oil change light comes on you should bring your car to Firkins CDJR for an oil change.
** If you don’t have an oil life indicator on your vehicle refer to your owner’s manual for recommended oil change intervals or ask us for assistance.
Checking your oil between changes
It is recommended you check your oil between oil changes to ensure you are not losing oil for any reason. As cars age, engine clearances become less tight and some oil can be used between changes. Consult your owner’s manual for the correct method for checking your oil in your vehicle. All you need is a couple of minutes and a clean rag or paper towel.
There is no need to add oil unless the oil dipstick indicator shows you have used a full quart of oil. If you have questions ask us for assistance at Firkins CDJR. Of course, any time your oil light comes on in your vehicle you should bring it to us immediately for an inspection since there can be different reasons for the oil light to appear. Don’t ignore it and continue to drive your car since engine damage could result.
Can I Look At My Oil to See If It’s Bad?
The short answer to this question is yes. You can measure the level of the oil in your car, and also check the consistency of the oil. If your oil is not black–which means it’s doing its job–it feels gritty to the touch, or you notice there are clumps on the dipstick (how you take a look at your oil–you need to get it changed. Of course, if you are writing down when you need to get your oil changed, this isn’t a problem for you.
How Often Do I Need to Change My Oil?
In the past, people had to change their oil between every 3000 and 5000 miles. However, you’ll need to check with your service center. Today, cars may be able to go as long as 15,000 miles without needing an oil change, depending on the type of car, and the type of oil used in that car. If you’re not sure how often you need to change yours, we’ll be glad to give you a specific mileage number to focus on.
We offer regular service specials including special pricing on oil changes and oil change coupons. So if you are looking for a cheap oil change near you, we’ve got you covered. Except there is nothing cheap about the service we provide you with. You can check for current specials on our website at firkinscj.com/service-specials. We’d also be happy to help you learn how to check your car oil at home and why you should regularly change your oil!