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Oil Changes: How to Tell When It’s Time

Oil is the unsung hero that keeps your engine running smooth. So, when do you need to change it?
Posted On June 4, 2023
By Signature Tire

Engine oil plays a crucial role in maintaining harmony within your car’s engine. It’s the ultimate multitasker, keeping things moving smoothly and ensuring your car performs at its best. But what exactly is engine oil?

Whether you call it engine oil, engine lubricant, or motor oil, it goes by many names, but it serves one mighty purpose – to keep your engine running like a well-oiled machine. Traditionally, it’s a magical blend of base oil and special additives that work their magic in numerous ways. They lubricate engine parts, cool down the motor, cleanse and contain dust contaminants, reduce friction, and shield against excessive wear and tear.

Why Engine Oil Needs To Be Replaced?

Motor oil works tirelessly to keep your engine running smoothly, but it can only handle so much heat and pressure before it starts to wear out. As it tackles the daily challenges under the hood, it can also accumulate harmful particles that need to be shown the exit door.

And here’s the kicker: even when your car is taking a break in the parking lot, the oil is still breaking down over time. So, when should you give your oil the well-deserved change it needs? Well, it’s recommended to change your oil at regular intervals to ensure peak performance and protect your engine’s longevity. Depending on your vehicle and driving habits, this could be anywhere from every 5,000 to 10,000 KMs or as recommended by your car’s manufacturer.

Dirty Oil

When checking your oil, texture matters. It should be translucent or yellowish, but watch out for dirty or grimy oil. Darker oil is okay, but if it’s gritty or grainy like breakfast yogurt, it’s time to change it up!

Low Oil

Low oil levels can spell trouble for your engine. Keep an eye on the dipstick and ensure the oil is between the minimum and maximum lines. Detect leaks early by regularly checking the oil level. Don’t risk engine damage – bring it your local Signature Tire.

Dashboard Lights

Your car’s dashboard has its ways of speaking up. Watch out for warning lights, like the check engine light, which may indicate an overdue oil change. Don’t ignore the signals!

Exhaust Smoke

Smoke from your exhaust pipe? When oil is too thin or dirty, it can create more than a dust cloud. If you spot smoke, it’s a cue for an oil change. Keep those emissions in check!

A Burning Smell

A whiff of trouble arises when you catch a burning smell inside your car, signaling potential engine overheating due to insufficient or dirty oil, or even an oil leak, prompting the need for a prompt service appointment to safeguard your engine from any harm.

Remember, staying on top of oil changes keeps your engine purring and your car ready for any adventure that comes its way!

Questions? Our Advisors are Happy to Help!

If you have questions about anything you've read in this resource page, contact your nearest Signature Tire dealer for more information. We are passionate in assisting our customers make the best choices to keep their vehicles in tip-top shape and keep their families safe.
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