Routine Maintenance: The Importance of Getting the Oil Changed
What is an oil change?
When you hear the word “oil,” we’re talking about motor oil. Just like you have to fill your car up with gasoline to keep it running, the motor oil is something you need to maintain to keep your vehicle running properly. Unlike gasoline, however, the motor oil doesn’t get completely used up. Some can burn up, and result in the oil getting low, but mainly the oil gets old and needs to be replaced routinely. When you get your vehicle’s oil changed, the technician removes what is left of the old oil, refills it with clean, new oil that best fits your vehicle’s needs, and removes and replaces the oil filter. The entire process can take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes once your vehicle is being serviced, but it is subject to wait time, and if other inspections or services are also being done on your vehicle.
Why do you do it?
Oil lubricates all the running parts in your engine, helping things to run smoothly, and your vehicle from overheating. This is due to the oil cutting down the amount of friction, transferring the heat, and absorbing the by-products of combustion. Over time, however, the oil gets old, or runs low, and isn’t able to help your vehicle run as well as it did before. If you go too long without changing the oil, you run the risk of overheating or damaging your motor and decreasing your engine’s life.
What is Synthetic Oil?
Often you will hear the term synthetic or synthetic blend when getting an oil change. Synthetic oil is engineered to keep your engine running smoother, longer. This can make oil changes less frequent. Not all vehicles benefit equally from synthetic or synthetic blends, so the technician at the dealership can help you determine what type of oil is best for your vehicle.
How often should I change the oil?
Many vehicles have a notification that appears as a reminder to take your vehicle in and have the oil changed. Some say you should have it changed every 3,000 miles, while some makes and modes need to be changed as infrequently as 7,500 – 10, 000, or every 6 months to 1 year. (Whichever mark you hit first.) It is best, however, to consult your owner’s manual for your specific vehicle, and take into account the sensor that lets you know when it’s time to take it in. When you have your vehicle serviced at the dealership, the technician will also let you know about when you would want to plan on bringing your vehicle back in. When you do, it will be determined by how many miles you have put on the car, and how much time has passed.
Often you may be due for an oil change when you come in for other services, and it’s convenient to have it done while the other work is being done. You can also check out the recommended maintenance schedule for your Toyota, here. Simply put in your model and year to get a feel for what is best for your vehicle.
Pick up and delivery options:
Did you know that your vehicle can be picked up, serviced, and returned to your home at no cost? Any type of maintenance or service applies. A team member can pick up your vehicle and return your vehicle, sanitized, to your home, once the service is completed. You can schedule an appointment and free pick up and delivery for your vehicle, online, here.
Our team at Berge’s Riverview Toyota is also here to help with any of your other service and purchasing needs! Schedule a service appointment online, or explore our online inventory here, and have your new vehicle delivered straight to your door!