Oil Change FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About Your Oil

December 28th, 2020 by

Oil pouring into car engine

Oil Change FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About Your Oil


Why Should You Get Your Oil Changed Regularly? (The Benefits of an Oil Change Service)

Over time, the motor oil in your car will break down. Once that happens, there’s nothing protecting your engine and further driving could cause severe (and costly) engine damage.

By getting your oil change regularly, you not only protect your car from internal damage, but you also help it perform at its best in day-to-day use and ensure your entire vehicle’s health long-term.

How Can I Tell I Need an Oil Change?

Generally, a service center will provide you with a time frame based on an either/or timetable of miles and calendar date (whichever comes first). However, if you don’t have that, there are things you can look out for to know if your oil level is low.

Here are some things you can look for:

  • The smell of oil coming from inside the car
  • You’re filling up on gas more often than usual
  • Loud metallic sounds from inside the engine while you’re driving

Keep in mind, though, that by the time you notice any of these signals, chances are your oil is very low and may be causing damage to your vehicle. Make sure to take it in as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

How often you should change your engine oil depends on several factors such as model year and manufacturer. It’s difficult for you to determine on your own how often you need an oil change for that reason. At Arrigo CDJR West Palm, we’ll let you know when you should come in for your next oil change so you don’t have to worry about it. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online to set up a quick oil change service with our skilled technicians.

What Is the Difference Between Synthetic and Generic Motor Oil?

Generic or conventional motor oil typically uses less-refined base oils, while synthetic motor oil is made using higher quality base oils. Synthetic oil is better for your engine than conventional oil as it reduces wear, combats sludge buildup, controls oil breakdown, and protects against extreme temperatures.

How Long Does an Oil Change Service Take?

Getting your oil change done is important, but only takes 30-45 minutes on average. A typical oil change service includes changing the existing oil and oil filter, adding the new oil, as well as other minor services such as checking the coolant, fluid levels, washer fluid, and brake fluid.

My Car is Emitting Smoke When I Start It Up. What Does the Smoke Indicate?

It’s important to pay attention to the color of the smoke. If there are tinges of blue with black, or it’s all blue that might indicate that your oil is being burned as well as the fuel. The cause could be several things, including low oil viscosity or worn piston rings.

If the smoke is pure black, that means excess fuel is burning.

If the smoke is white, that’s likely just moisture coming up from the cold engine and exhaust system. White smoke leaking for a long period of time could be a coolant leak.

How Do I Find a Service Center?

The most well-trusted RAM, Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep service center in West Palm Beach, the Arrigo CDJR West Palm oil change center is only a short drive away. We make your regular oil change quick and easy. We have convenient service hours, knowledgeable technicians, and a wide variety of motor oils no matter what you need. Just schedule an appointment online or give us a quick call and we’ll have you on your way before you know it.


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