Your vehicle's major components will eventually wear, making consistent care and maintenance essential to optimal performance. Engine oil keeps your vehicle functioning efficiently. Replacing the oil at regular intervals prevents damaging mechanical issues in the long run. Most vehicle manufacturers suggest changing the motor oil every 3,000 to 6,500 miles depending on the type of engine oil used. Engine oil keeps the engine lubricated and prevents its hot parts from creating too much friction. If you don't remember the last time your vehicle had an oil change, below are three signs that can help indicate whether your car is overdue.
Check the quality and color of the engine oil.
Engine oil is typically a liquid that's amber and translucent. As you tack on miles, the oil will become darker and gritty. Most drivers wait until their vehicle hits mileage intervals before getting an oil change. However, your oil can deteriorate several thousand miles before you expect it to. Pop the hood and inspect your oil; if it looks incredibly dark and polluted, it's time to schedule an oil change.
The engine is making a knocking sound.
Old oil that has deteriorated will become clumpy and sludge-like. Dirty oil will become ineffective at lubricating the engine, causing it to work twice as hard to power your vehicle. If an oil change is neglected, the engine will start to knock, indicating friction among essential parts and potentially costly damage.
There's an oil smell inside the car cabin.
After a gas station trip, the smell of fuel may linger in the car for a bit. If you notice an oil smell that doesn't go away on its own, there may be a leak. If your vehicle doesn't have enough clean oil, the engine will overheat and release a pungent smell of fumes.
For quick and efficient oil changes in the Los Angeles and Santa Monica area, choose 26th Street Auto Center. Our family-owned and operated repair shop has been servicing the community for over ten years. If you notice any of the above signs, reach out to us; we'd be happy to help.
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