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09/13/2017
Now that we know that the 3,000 mile rule for oil changes isn't a rule but rather a myth, how can you tell it's time for an oil change? This post will let you know what to look for.

Signs That Indicate It's Time for an Oil Change

Oil changes are completely necessary in order to keep your engine running and healthy. Without regular oil changes your engine could be exposed to friction, buildup, and other general wear that will shorten its life. We now know that getting an oil change every 3,000 miles isn't necessary with all engines, so then how does one know how often to get an oil change? There are a few ways to tell if your engine is ready to get its oil drained and replaced.

Your Oil Looks Dirty

In order to know what dirty oil looks like, you have to know what clean oil looks like. New oil tends to be a honey brown or amber color and is a bit translucent. It will generally turn black after a week or two of use, but this isn't cause for concern. Once your oil is too old to continue using, it won't only be black, it will also have dirt particles in it. Part of the reason your oil will develop particles is because your oil filter is too full and no longer able to filter out these contaminants. These contaminants can turn into a big deal as they can be reason behind unhealthy buildup on your engine. Check your oil monthly just to be sure it's still good to use. To check it, remove the dipstick, wipe it clean with a rag, place back in the reservoir, and finally pull it back out. If your oil is still translucent enough for you to see the dipstick through the fluid, it should still be good. If you're not too sure, put a tiny bit on your fingertips and check it for particles. Getting good at this takes practice so don't give up after your first time checking your oil. For more tips on how to check your oil, click here!

Your Engine Is Louder Than Usual

A louder than usual engine can be the result of a number of issues, including old oil. Your oil lubricates the metal parts that work to keep your engine alive. If your oil is old and no longer able to do its job, these metal parts will begin to grind on each other. Not only does this add extra friction under your hood, it can cause a grinding sound thanks to the metal-to-metal contact going on in your engine. If you hear knocking, rumbling, or roaring sounds that weren't there before, definitely check your oil to reduce the potential for engine damage. If it's time for your next oil change, why not make it a synthetic oil change in Lehigh County?  Synthetic oil is known to last longer than conventional oil, saving you time and money in the long run. To learn more about the benefits of synthetic oilcontact Synthetic Oil Direct at (215) 834-8720. You can also browse their online shop to find their best AMSOIL Oil products.

Your Check Engine Light Is On

If you have an older model car, your check engine light may turn on when it's time for an oil change. Newer model cars have an oil light that will let them know they need an oil change. Know which light to look out for in your vehicle. If you can't remember how long ago your last oil change was, these lights will come in handy so that you don't completely forget about your oil. It's important that you don't confuse either of these lights with you oil pressure indicator as this can signal that your oil is too low for your car to operate safely. If this light turns on, you need to fill up on oil as soon as possible.

There's Dark Smoke Coming out of the Exhaust

Having translucent vapor come out of your exhaust pipe on cold days is completely normal. What's not normal is having black smoke coming out of any part of your car, including your exhaust pipe. This can happen if you have old oil in your engine or if your oil is leaking. Either way, this is a serious issue that needs to be handled by a professional. Don't wait, and instead have your car checked out as soon as possible.

Synthetic Oil Change in Lehigh County

To find the perfect synthetic oil for your next oil change, contact Synthetic Oil Direct at (215) 834-8720. They can help you find the perfect oil for you car, motorcycle, or watercraft. Be sure to stop by their online shop for a full range of their best products.
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