Vehicles desperately need clean oil to function properly. Extending the recommended length of time between oil changes can be detrimental to the health of your car’s engine. Regular oil changes prolong the life of the engine and keep your vehicle functioning properly. Oil protects the engine by preventing engine parts from rubbing against one another. If you notice any of the following signs, please contact Catlett’s Service Center & Towing for an immediate oil change. We are a full-service automotive shop in Davidsonville, Maryland.
Signs Your Vehicle Needs an Oil Change
Nobody knows your vehicle better than you do. If your vehicle begins to show any of the following signs and it has been over 3000 miles since your last oil change, please contact Catlett’s Service Center & Towing:
- Dark Oil on the Dipstick
You can check the life of the oil by physically viewing it on the car’s dipstick. Follow these steps to check the oil in your vehicle:
You will need a clean rag to get started. Open the hood of your car, then locate and remove the dipstick from the oil tube and wipe it clean. Return the dipstick into the tube then remove it once again. This time you should check the oil level on the dipstick. The dipstick will be marked to show the lowest recommended oil levels. Oil levels at or below the minimum should immediately be brought into Catlett’s Service Center & Towing for an oil change.
You should also take note of the color of the oil on the dipstick. Clean oil is amber colored while dirty oil is dark and full of particulates. Dark, dirty oil will cause damage to your car’s engine over time and should be replaced as soon as possible.
- Car Vibrates when Idling
When a car is low on oil, it will begin to vibrate abnormally. Abnormal vibrations when your car is idling means your vehicle needs an immediate oil change.
- High Mileage Driven
Summertime means road trips and cross-country vacations. Driving excess mileage in a single month may mean that you need to replace your oil sooner than later. The frequency of an oil change is determined by the mileage driven or the number of months since your last oil change. However, if you drive an above average number of miles, it is likely time to get an oil change.