Change That Oil!

Having regularly scheduled oil changes is an important aspect of car maintenance. If you’ve been neglectful about changing your car’s oil, you may want to reconsider your automotive priorities; take your car in for a check-up before it develops bigger problems than just needing an oil change.

The universal rule for changing your oil is around every 3,000 miles or so. Time between oil changes can differ from car to car, so it’s best to consult your owner’s manual to know exactly when you should be taking your car into the shop. If you don’t have your owner’s manual handy, best to stick with the tried-and-true, 3,000 mile rule.

The oil in your car performs the extremely important task of lubricating moving parts in the engine. As the oil lubricates, it absorbs dirt particles and soot created during combustion. Because of the accumulation of dirt and soot, old oil becomes more viscous, making it difficult to move harmful particles to the oil filter.

A neglectful car owner will find that the old oil becomes so viscous that it can’t move any potentially damaging particles to the oil filter. Over time, this combination of sludge-like oil and a defunct oil filter can result in engine failure.

Every time the oil is changed, the oil filter should also be replaced. Today’s oil filters are much smaller than, and not as tough as, the filters of the past. Because new filters aren’t as robust, they need to be changed frequently. Luckily, they’re also much cheaper than their predecessors.

Want to keep your car running for a long time and cut down on frequent visits to the auto shop? Stick to your oil change schedule! Minimal car maintenance procedures like changing your oil can make all the difference in your car’s well-being and can keep a small issue from becoming a huge problem. has everything you need to keep your car running at its best. From our maintenance services like oil changes and tune-ups, to repair services like tire alignment and replacement, we will ensure your car gets the automotive TLC it so deserves. Contact us today at 317-405-8456 and see what Joe’s Service Department can do for you and your car.

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