How to Know When It’s Time for an Engine Oil Change

Car Engine Oil Change

Ongoing vehicle care is the best way to prevent issues from occurring in your car over time. Whether you want to keep your car’s performance level where it should be, you’d like to extend the life of your vehicle, or you want to ensure that your car retains its value, ongoing maintenance is your best shot at achieving those goals. That being said, most drivers don’t adhere to their routine maintenance schedule set forth by the manufacturer. Why? Well, the answer is simple—it costs money and it takes time, two things most people are short on these days.

While it’s understandable that ongoing vehicle care is tough to keep up on, if you do nothing else for your vehicle, then just change the oil regularly. Your engine requires engine oil to run optimally and to avoid considerable internal damage over time. The quality and clarity of the oil you use in your car makes a huge difference in the three goals mentioned above. Oil changes are relatively affordable, they take a short amount of time to complete, and they’re simple enough that many people can even perform them on their own if they don’t mind getting their hands dirty. However, if you don’t have any automotive background, you might want to leave it to the pros. Since it’s such an important aspect of vehicle care, here’s a little more information on how to know when to change your engine oil.

Why is changing your oil regularly so important for your car?

Engine oil is the fluid that your car requires in order to run smoothly. Among the other fluids your car requires, such as coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power-steering fluid, your engine oil is perhaps the most critical fluid to maintain on a regular basis. Your engine is comprised of many different pieces, parts, and components that when properly lubricated by oil function well in connection with one another. However, when engine oil becomes dirty or compromised somehow, it’s critical to address with immediacy—otherwise, contaminated oil is flowing through your engine, causing it to break down slowly and the various parts to malfunction over time.

Symptoms of bad engine oil

It’s important to keep in mind that if you notice any of the following signs or symptoms your engine could have already experienced damage due to contaminated oil. Preventing these symptoms from occurring is in your engine’s best interest. If your engine oil has gone bad, you might notice that your engine sounds louder than normal, simply because it’s becoming strained. Checking your engine oil is an important ongoing task to ensure that the quality and clarity. If your oil looks dark, cloudy, or debris-filled (in the worst case scenario), your engine oil needs to be changed right away. Furthermore, the oil change light might illuminate in your dash, or the check-engine light might also come on to alert you to have the engine and oil inspected.

How often should you change the oil in your car?

Oil changes are important to keep your car running optimally, so the consistency of which you do so can greatly impact how your car functions on a day-to-day basis. Depending on the type of car you drive and your driving habits, it’s generally recommended that you change your oil once every 3 months. However, if you drive more often, you might need to change it sooner than that. You’ll also need to know what specific type of oil your car requires. Both of these factors can be found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

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How BMS Inc. can help you

Here at BMW Mercedes Service, we provide automotive care for German-engineered vehicles such as BMW, Mercedes, and MINI in the areas of: Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Encino, Studio City, Van Nuys, and Valley Village, CA. We have an extensive background in these exceptional vehicles, and it’s our mission to keep our clients enjoying them by keeping them well maintained. Engine oil changes are a critical part of ongoing vehicle care, so we make sure to perform all oil changes accurately, thoroughly, and affordably. We are known for our quality automotive care, even in the simple tasks like oil changes. If you need help adhering to your car’s maintenance schedule, please call us to schedule an appointment—we’ll gladly help you get back on track with your next oil change.