Car Care 101: Oil Changes

Car Care 101: Oil Changes | Walled Lake, MI

You’ve invested a lot of money into your new (or new-to-you) car, so it’s important that you take care of it. Oil changes are pretty basic, but can also be easy to forget. Learn more about why this particular service is so important.

How Often?

One of the most common questions about oil changes is how often you need to get it. While 3,000 miles used to be the rule of thumb, synthetic oil and modern cars have changed that. The only right answer for your car and your driving style can be found in your owner’s manual (or you can ask us at the dealership). Of course, if your vehicle has an oil life monitor, follow its recommendations as well.

Checking In

Your new Jeep® vehicle might be smart enough to tell you when it needs an oil change, but you should still check your oil levels and color periodically to make sure everything in proper order. Consumer Reports recommends checking your oil levels at least once a month if your vehicle has a dipstick. If the oil level is low or what’s on the stick looks burnt, make a service appointment as soon as possible.

Why You Need To Care

No matter if you drive a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, or Ram, your vehicle has a lot of moving parts under the hood. The oil helps reduce friction between these components so that components don’t grind down and absorb heat so your engine stays as cool as possible. Dirty oil can’t absorb heat as well, and particles in it can scratch up what it’s trying to protect, so it needs to be swapped out.

If you need to catch up your ride’s routine maintenance, come talk to the team at Shuman Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

About Author:

I am the third-generation owner of Shuman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Walled Lake, MI. After working as a lawyer for 11 years, I took over the dealership my family started in 1955.

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