Should I Change My Oil?


At Jeff’s Auto Repair in Lynnwood, Washington, we get a lot of questions from our customers about when they should change their car’s oil. We decided to answer the most frequently asked questions in one post, so you have an easy resource to turn to when you have questions about your oil change schedule. If you have a question that’s not answered here, feel free to reach out to our team. We are always happy to help!

Should I Change My Oil Before a Road Trip?

We like to hear that drivers are considering their car’s health before heading out on the road for a long trip. It’s a good idea to handle any services your vehicle might need ahead of time so you don’t get stuck with vehicle problems along the way. However, it’s not always necessary to change the motor oil before road trips. If you visit our shop for routine oil changes, you should have a sticker on your windshield that indicates an estimated time frame and mileage for your next service. If you anticipate passing this mileage marker on your journey, you can get the oil change done ahead of time. If not, you’re good to go and can get the service when you return.

Should I Change the Oil When It’s Dirty?

We often tell drivers about the dangers of dirty oil and encourage them to inspect it regularly to ensure they don’t go too long without an oil change. This can lead some vehicle owners to panic when they see their oil has changed colors or has particles floating in it, but you shouldn’t worry! This just means that the oil is doing its job. It’s designed to collect dirt and hold particles in suspension, keeping them from building up on engine parts. The time for concern is if you notice large metal flakes in the oil. That could indicate a major problem!

Should I Use Synthetic Motor Oil?

You may have learned about the benefits of different kinds of motor oil and want to make sure that you’re giving your car the best of the best. However, it’s not always necessary to use premium full-synthetic motor oil in all vehicles. It’s good practice to follow the manufacturers recommendations for the type of motor oil you use, and its viscosity levels in different climates. If you have questions about what product is right for your vehicle, ask one of our experts! We work with all kinds of vehicles and will be able to tell you what’s best for your new or aging car.

If you have more questions about oil changes or any other services, contact Jeff’s Auto Repair in Lynnwood, Washington!

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