Friday, December 5, 2014

How to Know When You’re Due for an Oil Change

In the past, the golden rule when it came to changing car oil was “every 5,000 kilometers”. However, newer synthetic oils are so efficient that the golden rule no longer applies for the average car owner.

Of course, this is not to say that you never have to go for an oil change if you’re using synthetic oil. If you notice the following signs, it may be time to replace your car oil:

“Check Engine” Light is On

In newer vehicles, there is a specific “change oil” light, but older vehicles still rely on the “check engine” light to indicate a problem with the oil. If your “check engine” light starts flashing, take a quick peek at your oil first to see if that isn’t the source of the problem.

Putrid Looking Oil

In case you aren’t familiar with how motor oil is supposed to look like, it has a honey-brown color when brand new. As it goes through your engine, it will start to turn black. If your oil is pitch black with floating particles, replace your oil ASAP. Oil that foul can easily leave mineral and rust deposits in your engine.

Noisy Engine

 If your engine is noisier than usual, you may not have enough oil circulating. Don’t forget that oil serves as a lubricant, and that a lack of it will cause metal-on-metal grinding. Check your oil levels and top up as necessary.


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