Oil, Lube & Filter Change
Check the owner's manual to see if your driving habits are
considered to be "severe service." This type of driving requires
more frequent oil changes, warns the Car Care Council. Have the
oil changed accordingly, usually every 3-5,000 miles. For less
wear and tear on the engine, drivers in cold climates
driving temperatures) should drop their oil weight from
10-W30 to 5-W30.
Description: The typical oil filter consists
of a high-strength steel housing containing various types of
filtering media. An anti-drainback valve prevents oil from running
out of the filter when the engine is off. Today's oil filters have
a convenient spin-on design that makes removal and installation
Purpose: The oil filter sifts out
contaminants, allowing the oil to flow through the engine
unrestricted. Should the oil filter become restricted or clogged
with contaminants, they will flow around the filter. This
bypassing is a safety mechanism, but you never want to let oil and
filter changes go so long that bypassing takes place.
Maintenance Tips/Suggestions: For best
results, consult your owner's manual, but consider that your
driving probably constitutes a severe maintenance schedule.
Usually, this means oil and filter changes every 3,000 miles or 3
oil change at your local Eugene Oregon auto shop: Sounds
simple, but there’s some pretty important things to know about
preventing oil sludge.
Oil eventually starts to turn into
jelly. Literally – petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages
and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine,
causing parts to wear out prematurely. And that means
expensive engine repairs.
DID YOU KNOW?
The most important thing you can do to keep your vehicle
running for a long time is to change your oil on schedule.
With a full service oil change, your other fluids are checked and topped off
so you don't run into problems from low fluids. Your technician
may see a developing problem and he'll remind you of any other
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That’s why you need to change the oil and oil filter on
schedule – to get the old oil out before it turns to
sludge. Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how
many miles you can go between oil changes. They also usually
have a number of months between recommended oil changes. That’s
because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down
Your owner’s manual will have a
recommendation for time and mileage, but you need to remember
that it’s based on using the recommended weight of oil. And if
your vehicle came from the factory with
synthetic oil, the recommended intervals assume you continue
to use synthetic.
Also how you drive around in Junction
City, Corvallis, Florence, Cheshire and other
communities in Lane County
can have a big effect. Most owner’s manuals will have a list of
driving conditions that are harder on your vehicle.
Things like stop and go driving in Veneta or Walterville, short trips to
Cottage Grove or Springfield, driving in very hot or very cold weather, heavy loads
and towing. If some of your driving fits this, you may need to
change your oil and do other maintenance on a shorter schedule.
This may sound complicated. Some
vehicles in Lane County have an oil life calculator that
takes all of these factors into account and tells you when you
should change your oil. Otherwise, talk with your Eugene
advisor at Integrity Auto Repair
about how you drive and get
their recommendation for when to take care of your service.
Finally, if any of the steering or
suspension parts can be lubed, your technician at Integrity Auto
Repair will take care of that with a
lube, oil and filter service.
Cheaper to Change Your Oil than to Change Your Engine!
Why Synthetic Oil Is Best for Eugene Drivers
Hello Eugene! Today's Integrity Auto Repair car care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic
motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic motor oil
maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why we'd need a microscope, so we'll have to settle for using our
imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the
other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is slipperier? – a pile of pencils or a pile of marbles?
Synthetic motor oil lubricates better because there's less friction. This results in myriad benefits: better wear
protection, cooler operating temperatures, more power and better fuel economy. And synthetic oil doesn't sludge up
like conventional oil so it prevents those small oil passages from clogging up. (We see that all the time at
Integrity Auto Repair in Eugene.)
Some manufacturers are extending oil change intervals for many models including vehicles. The added protection of
synthetic oil covers you for these longer intervals. Talk with your Integrity Auto Repair service advisor about
how you drive in Eugene and see if he thinks you can benefit from synthetic oil for your vehicle. Also ask about
the appropriate oil change interval for synthetic, because it may very well be longer than for conventional oil.
Most Eugene drivers have a busy life and occasionally miss an oil change – go ahead admit it. Since we're not
perfect, doesn't it make sense to use a motor oil that's got your back?
What about price? Petroleum based oil may appear to win out on this point, but let's consider all the facts.
Though synthetic oil costs more in Eugene, it lasts longer, protects your vehicle engine better and increases fuel
economy. You'll likely save money in the long run. If you're serious about making your car last longer, start
using synthetic motor oil right away.
Integrity Auto Repair is a full-service
preventive maintenance and auto repair center in Eugene, Oregon,
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Fuel Injection Service,
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Shocks, Struts and Suspension Service,
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