Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly. Literally – petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine. This causes parts to wear out prematurely. And that means expensive engine repairs. That’s why you need to change the oil and oil filter on schedule – to get the old oil out before it turns to sludge. Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how many miles you can go between oil changes. They also usually have several months between recommended oil changes. That’s because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down over time. Your owner’s manual will have a recommendation for time and mileage, but you need to remember that it’s based on using the recommended weight of oil. And if your vehicle came from the factory with synthetic oil, the recommended intervals assume you continue to use synthetic. Also, how you drive can have a big effect. Most owner’s manuals will have a list of driving conditions that are harder on your vehicle. Things like stop and go driving, short trips, driving in very hot or very cold weather, heavy loads and towing. If some of your driving fits this, you may need to change your oil and do other maintenance on a shorter schedule. This may sound complicated. Some vehicles have an oil life calculator that takes all these factors into account and tells you when you should change your oil. Otherwise, talk with your service advisor about how you drive and get her recommendation for when to take care of your service. Finally, if any of the steering or suspension parts can be lubed, your technician will take care of that with a lube, oil and filter service. Give us a call or book an appointment today by clicking the link below: Pete Kelley’s Auto Service 9328 N CENTRAL AVE PHOENIX, AZ 85020 602.997.5889
When it comes to vehicle service, a lot of people are not sure what they can hold off on. The reasons? Don’t want to spend the money, don’t have time to get it done, it’s not urgent. Sound familiar? Here are the three service items you shouldn’t put off, no matter what.
- Oil Change. Oil is one of those things that just quietly does its job. You don’t see it working; you don’t hear it working. Heck, you don’t even know it’s there. Oil is the substance that keeps the metal parts in your vehicle working together and not fighting each other. It keeps things gliding smoothly and prevents wear and tear every second your engine is turned on. Don’t put off changing it! Check with your NAPA AutoCare Service Advisor and your owner’s manual to know how often to have it changed, either by distance, you travel or time that goes by – and they’ll know the correct oil for your vehicle.
- Tire Pressure. It’s so easy to neglect your tires. They “look” like they have enough air. Well, the proper amount of air in your tires is vital to your safety, every second your vehicle is moving. Have your inflation pressure checked and the tread inspected regularly. And if you own a newer vehicle, pay attention to that electronic tire pressure monitor. If it lights up, take it in right away.
- Fluids Check. Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle. The big three are brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant. If any of these are low, it could be a sign that there’s a big problem. Running with low brake fluid could make your vehicle difficult to stop. Running with low transmission fluid could mean your gears could seize up. And running with low coolant could damage your engine from excessive heat.