When to Change Oil Irvine CA

oil changeWhether or not you know it, the oil in your engine plays a vital role in your vehicle’s performance. Not only does it lubricate the moving metal parts to keep them from rubbing against each other, but it also helps to disperse heat and prevent debris buildup. Knowing when you need an oil change is an important part of being a responsible driver.

In this article, our team at the Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine teaches you and other Orange County, CA, drivers about when you should get your oil changed in addition to some warning signs that could indicate it’s time to schedule a service appointment.

Oil Changes as Part of Routine Maintenance

For years, most drivers have lived by the old adage every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. While this is probably the most precautionary interval, your car might not need an oil change quite that often, especially if you drive a Volkswagen.

Under normal driving conditions, drivers who average 1,000 miles a month could get away with changing the oil every 10,000 miles or roughly every six months. However, driving in harsh conditions such as in high heat (that’s us, Southern California) or mountainous areas or routinely trailing heavy loads requires more frequent oil changes.

If you can’t remember when you got your last oil change, you can contact the service center or expert who performed it and they should be able to pull up a record of your last visit. Use that date to set a reoccurring reminder in your phone or calendar and you’ll never miss another oil change.

Warning Signs That You Need an Oil Change

If you can’t find out when your car’s last oil change was, we recommend erring on the side of caution and getting it changed soon. However, there are a few warning signs that could indicate you need an oil change immediately. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s best not to put off service any longer as it could result in serious damage to the engine.

  • The oil is black or gritty. New, clean engine oil is relatively clear with a slight amber tint. You can use the oil dipstick located near the engine to inspect the oil. If the oil in your engine seems black, thick, or gritty, then it’s definitely time to schedule an oil change. Old oil isn’t as effective at lubricating the engine and is full of debris and soot that could cause serious problems if left untreated.

  • The oil level is low. While you’re using the oil dipstick to check the condition of the engine oil, it’s a good idea to check the oil level. Use a paper towel to wipe the dipstick clean and carefully guide it all the way into the reservoir and carefully pull it back out. Markings on the bottom of the dipstick will help you determine if the oil level is too low.
  • Dashboard warning light comes on. Most modern vehicles are equipped with warning lights on the dashboard that let you know when an oil change is needed. In some models, the check engine light may come on. In Volkswagen vehicles, the oil level low indicator light will turn on.

If you ever see a warning light on the dashboard that you’re not sure what it means, it’s best to pull over safely and contact your local authorized service center. Volkswagen drivers, for instance, can call our service department at the Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine to speak with a Volkswagen service representative.

Always Choose a Professional Service Center for Your Oil Change

oil changeAlthough regular oil changes are a standard part of vehicle maintenance, it’s important to have your vehicle serviced by a professional automotive technician. Trained technicians, such as the ones at our certified Volkswagen service department, know exactly what type of oil your specific engine requires and always use quality parts when replacing the oil filter.

Using the wrong blend of engine oil or an incompatible oil filter could result in decreased performance, shortened oil life, or damage to the engine. Plus, by choosing a professional service center for your oil change, you can be sure that the old engine oil will be completely drained from the engine and disposed of properly according to environmental protection guidelines.

Is It Time to Schedule an Oil Change?

If you think that your vehicle is due for an oil change, you can schedule a service appointment by contacting us at the Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine. Our certified Volkswagen technicians have years of experience performing maintenance for drivers in Orange County, CA, and we’d be happy to help you keep your car running smoothly. Schedule your service appointment today.

 

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