Oil Change 101

Oil changes seem like a pretty routine service, but you would be surprised on how complicated it can be to some car owners. Here is a quick 101 on everything oil changes.


Valvoline motor oil lubricates engine components and helps stop metal parts from grinding against one another. It also helps stop deposits from forming on engine components by holding contaminants in suspension.


Over time, oil gets dirty. When dirt accumulates in oil, it can become more viscous and abrasive, less effective in lubricating and cause more wear to your engine.


How Regular Oil Changes Help Your Vehicle

  • Helps fight the four major causes of engine breakdown: Heat, Deposits, Sludge, Friction

  • Provides engine protection at startup

  • Helps maintain your vehicle's warranty


Your owner's manual may provide different oil change intervals for both regular driving and severe driving.

Roughly 70% of drivers fall under severe driving conditions. Severe driving conditions include stop-and-go driving, consistent idling, pulling, towing, dusty environment or high or low ambient temperatures*.

Tips and CARE

Car Maintenance and Care

  • Change your fluids on time, every time.

  • Change your oil every 3,000 miles for regular, 5,000 miles for synthetic oil

  • Change antifreeze fluid every 30,000 miles.

  • Change brake fluid every 30,000 miles.

  • Change transmission fluid every 30,000 miles.

  • Schedule a maintenance check every 15, 30, 60, and 90,000 miles.

  • Replace your air filter every 12 months or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first).

  • Replace your fuel filter every 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first).

Gas Mileage Tips

  • Check and/or change your air filter every 6 months to improve fuel economy and keep your engine running smoothly.

  • Don't top off. Don't bother topping off when filling your car's gas tank. Any additional gas is just going to slop around or seep out.

  • Tighten up that gas cap. Gas will evaporate from your car's gas tank if it has an escape. Loose, missing or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year.

  • Go for the shade. The hot summer sun that makes the inside of your car feel like a sauna also evaporates fuel from your gas tank.

  • Use the right oil. You can improve your car's gas mileage by 1 percent to 2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil.

And most important of all……

  • Always check for potential problems before they happen.

Before You Come Into Our Mechanic Shop

Getting your car worked can be an overwhelming experience. It's always our goal to make sure the process is as easy and affordable as possible. Here are some basic tips on how to make that possible.

Do your homework before taking your vehicle in for repairs or service.

  • Read the owner's manual to learn about the vehicle's systems and components.

  • Follow the recommended service schedules.

  • Keep a log of all repairs and service.

When you think about it, you know your car better than anyone else. You drive it every day and know how it feels and sounds when everything is right. So don't ignore its warning signals.

Use all of your senses to inspect your car frequently. Check for:

  • Unusual sounds, odors, drips, leaks, smoke, warning lights, gauge readings.

  • Changes in acceleration, engine performance, gas mileage, fluid levels.

  • Worn tires, belts, hoses.

  • Problems in handling, braking, steering, vibrations.

  • Note when the problem occurs.

  • Is it constant or periodic?

  • When the vehicle is cold or after the engine has warmed up?

  • At all speeds? Only under acceleration? During braking? When shifting?

  • When did the problem first start?

Once you get to the shop, communicate your findings.

  • Be prepared to describe the symptoms.

  • Carry a written list of the symptoms that you can give us.

  • Resist the temptation to suggest a specific course of repair. Just as you would with your physician, tell us where it hurts and how long it's been that way, but let the technician diagnose and recommend a remedy.

Stay involved. . . Ask questions.

  • Ask as many questions as you need. Do not be embarrassed to request lay definitions.

  • Don't rush the technician to make an on-the-spot diagnosis. You may ask to be called and apprised of the problem, course of action, and costs before work begins.

  • Before you leave, be sure you understand all shop policies regarding labor rates, guarantees, and acceptable methods of payment.

  • Leave a telephone number where you can be called.

Thanks for reading and we'll see you soon!