At Joe’s Service Department of Indianapolis, we get many questions from our customers about routine car maintenance. Many people understand that their car needs regular service, like an oil change, but they don’t really know the why behind it. In this post, we’ll address a few of the most common questions we get about standard oil changes.
1. What exactly is an oil change?
During a standard oil change, our auto mechanics drain the existing oil from your vehicle. Then, they take out the oil filter and replace it. (If you’re putting new oil in a car, you need a new oil filter too.) Then, they’ll replace the oil with fresh, standard or synthetic oil (depending on what your car requires). At Joe’s, we also include a fluid check and an overall inspection of your car’s functions, including the engine, belts, air filter, hose, and undercarriage. We’ll be sure to make recommendations for future service if we see any needs.
2. Why is an oil change important?
Your car is a machine with many moving parts. It needs clean, smooth oil to keep those parts well lubricated and running smoothly. Changing your oil is important because it allows the engine to run at its best. Old, dirty oil can cause extra wear and tear on your car. If you don’t change your oil, your car will likely not run as well or may get damaged over time.
3. How often should I have my oil changed?
The standard answer is every 3,000 miles. However, each car is a little different, so your best bet to find the answer to this question is to check your car’s owner manual.