What You Need to Know about Oil Changes
1. Mind the Service Reminder
2. How often should oil be changed?
3. How to Check Your Dipstick
Here’s a handy guide for checking your oil yourself. Make sure the car is off. Open the hood, avoiding any potential hot spots. Locate the dipstick, which often has a looped handle. Pull it out and wipe off the oil from the stick. Reinsert it, and pull it out to see the oil level. It should be within the low-high or min-max range. If it’s below the range, it’s time for a refill.
The ASE-certified mechanics at HEART Certified Auto Care will guide you on whether you need an oil change, if you’re not sure.
4. What Color Should the Oil Be?
5. Which Oil Is Right for Me?
6. Should I Use Synthetic Oil?
Synthetics use higher quality base oils as compared to the less-refined base oils used in conventional oils which make conventional oils:
- Less chemically stable
- Oxidize and acidify more easily
- Quicker to break down and lose protective qualities