Oil Change FAQ's


Oil Change FAQs


Q: How often should I change my oil?


A: The usual rule for changing your oil is either once every three months or every 3,000 miles. However, newer cars are made to last longer before needing an oil change, so it's possible your vehicle can go 5,000 or even 7,000 miles between oil changes. Make sure to consult the owner's manual for further information.


Q: Why is it so important to change oil?


A: Oil is what keeps all the components of your car's engine running smoothly. As oil becomes older and dirtier, it becomes more sluggish and clumpy, which could negatively impact and even permanently damage parts of your engine.


Q: What is the purpose of an oil filter and why is it important?


A: The oil filter essentially keeps your oil cleaner for a longer period of time. Its primary function is to sift through solid contaminants in the oil to prevent it from flowing back into the engine, inhibiting the oil's ability to lubricate. Over time, the oil filter may become full or clogged, which is why oil filters are often replaced when you take your vehicle in to have the oil changed.


Q: How do I check the condition of my oil?


A: To prevent the oil from burning you, turn off the engine of your vehicle and wait for it to cool off before you check the condition of your oil. After that, all you have to do is find the dipstick in your car, pull it out, and wipe it off with a lint-free rag before dipping it back in. Next, pull the dipstick back out and then make a mental note of the color and level of the oil. If the oil is low or dark in color, it's time for an oil change.


Q: How do I know what kind of oil my vehicle needs?


A: It is recommended that you consult the owner's manual when it comes to this question. After that, consider different things such as additives, viscosity ratings, and classification codes while shopping for your oil.

If you have any questions regarding your oil or other service related issues, just stop on by Royal Moore Nissan and ask!