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When to Change Your Oil

When to Change Your Oil

Oil changes are a vital part of maintaining the overall life span of your vehicle. If your vehicle does not warn the driver when it needs an oil change, then it is important to get to know the signs. At Larson Ram we care about your vehicle, so here are a few tips to get to know your oil.

More often than not, the oil in your engine should be changed roughly every six months. This is just a common idea of when to expect to change oil. However, not all oil is the same so there may be cases where the vehicle will need an oil change more or less than six months. Here are a few signs to watch for:

  • Vehicle Warning Light – Some cars diagnose themselves! If there is an oil can light on the dashboard, then your car is telling you what it needs.
  • Noises? – Engine oil is used as a lubrication to allow other parts of the vehicle to function. Without the oil, you may hear loud sounds coming from underneath the hood. 
  • Color – Engine oil is responsible for so many parts of a vehicle, including keeping the engine clean. If the engine is not getting cleaned properly, it may result in a dark colored film or odd texture.
  • Low Oil (you’d be surprised) – When checking oil using the dipstick, the oil should be no less than the minimum line indicated. If oil is low, check to make sure there are no leaks.
  • Smell of Burning Oil Coming Inside the Cabin – Burning engine oil has quite the smell, you cannot miss it. This may be an indicator that your engine is overheating.
  • Exhaust Smoke – When operating properly, the exhaust pipe will spit out a clear fog. In the case of an oil change in need, that fog may be a dark gray color.

Although I have listed the most common signs to look for when it’s time for an oil change, you should check your vehicles owner manual for precise engine oil requests.

Schedule your oil change today at Larson Ram in Puyallup, Washington at https://www.larsonram.com/service-appointment/

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