Why Fresh Oil Is Important
Often referred to as the “lifeblood” of an engine, oil is essentially the most important component to an engine’s performance and efficiency. Fresh, clean oil is multifaceted. It lubricates the various engine components for seamless operation, maintains temperature by absorbing excess heat, and cleans the engine by carrying harmful particles (dirt, debris) to the oil filter where they get trapped can no longer circulate the unit. As oil ages, it depletes, and its viscous consistency slowly morphs into a sludge. This sludge not only inhibits proper lubrication, but it also stores heat, causing the radiator and cooling system to work harder. Similarly, if the oil filter is not changed regularly, it can become clogged. In turn, the amount of oil that passes through the filter is severely reduced, creating the potential for damage to occur. This is why oil changes are part of routine vehicle maintenance and tune-up services. If you’re due for your next oil change, contact us at AutoStream Car Care Center in Owings Mills, Maryland, today.
How Often Do You Need Your Oil Changed?
When it comes to oil change intervals, multiple factors need to be considered: the car's age, its condition, its mileage, and the type of oil used. With newer vehicles, the general guideline is to get an oil change every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, or roughly every six months. The vehicle's owner's manual is the best place to check the timeframe for your vehicle. If your vehicle is older, it’s advised to get an oil change more frequently (every 3,000 miles or so). We can put you on a custom maintenance schedule that ensures your car gets the service it needs when it needs it. However, it’s important to heed to any abnormal engine performance. If you notice a ticking sound when the engine is running or increased noise from the engine, your oil may be compromised. Your oil warning light or check engine light can also appear. Keeping an eye on the oil itself is also helpful. If it appears low after checking the dip stick, or if it’s darker or dirtier upon visual inspection, find the time to come see us. We’ll take a look and see what’s going on.
Schedule Your Next Oil Change Soon
Here at AutoStream Car Care Center, we perform oil changes on a daily basis because they are needed so frequently. Since it’s such an easy task for us, we can also get you in and out in no time at all! Our ASE-Certified technicians are skilled at conducting oil and oil filter change service for all makes and models. While here, we can also run a digital inspection that checks out the rest of your vehicle; we will then send the results right to you. Additional perks for choosing us include free shuttle service, roadside assistance, regular service specials, and much more. Keep your engine running strong with a routine oil change! You can schedule an appointment online or by phone at 410-902-9629. Our auto repair shop is conveniently located at 9629 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117. We can’t wait to work with you and your vehicle soon.