You know that oil changes are a critical part of your car maintenance, but do you know the signs that you need an oil change? Learn some of the critical ways to spot that you are due before damage happens to your vehicle from the professionals at Mobile Auto Service.

The Signs That You Need an Oil Change

  1. Look at the Level: Open up the front hood of your car and find the dipstick (it typically looks like a ring pull. Remove the dipstick and wipe it off with a clean cloth to ensure an accurate reading. Place the dipstick back in and slowly withdraw it. Most dipsticks in modern vehicles have a marking for the minimum oil level and maximum oil level, so you can compare where your level is at to where it should be. Never let your oil level drop below the minimum mark.
  2. The Color of Your Oil: One of the biggest signs that you need an oil change is the color of your oil. New oil should be a light brown color that is transparent. Over time, it will become sludgy, thick and black. Once the color becomes black and it is no longer transparent, it’s a sign that you need an oil change.
  3. Mileage on Your Car: If you drive your car a lot, you should use your mileage as a guidepost for when you need an oil change. Using high-quality synthetic oil will ensure that you only need an oil change every 5,000-10,000 miles depending on your model. Check your owner’s manual for more specific information.
  4. Oil Light On: If the oil replacement light on your dashboard illuminates, it’s a sign that you are in serious need of some new oil. However, if you see the icon that looks like a dripping oil can light up it means that you have low oil pressure. This could lead to permanent, serious damage to your engine, so you should stop driving immediately.

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Mobile Auto Service is there for you anytime you need us. Whether you’re in the middle of a roadside emergency or looking for seasonal maintenance, you should always have our number handy. Use Mobile Auto Service to fulfill any variety of your auto repair and maintenance needs. To schedule your affordable and honest service today, contact us for a free quote at 443-424-0131.

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