When Should I Get My Oil Changed?

March 20th, 2018 by

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Whether you’re the owner of a shiny new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram or a used vehicle of some other make and model, getting your oil changed is crucial. The rule of thumb used to be to get your oil changed every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever came first. New engineering and research has changed that common wisdom, though, and it’s generally agreed that most vehicles should get an oil change around every 5,000 miles. These intervals can vary slightly depending on the vehicle, though, so it’s important to check your owner’s manual or get in touch with your Ridgeway Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram service center to make sure you know the particulars for your make and model.

Why Are Oil Changes So Important?

Oil is the lubricant that prevents excessive friction between the pistons and the inner walls of the housing. If you wait too long to get your oil changed, the oil can run low or get filled with debris. When that happens, excessive engine heating can occur, hindering the performance and efficiency of your vehicle and putting you, your car, and your passengers at risk.

How Do I Change My Oil?

If you would like to change your own oil, there are a number of steps you will need to take, including:

  1. Choosing the right kind of oil
  2. Preparing supplies and vehicle
  3. Draining oil from the drain plug
  4. Tightening the drain plug
  5. Changing the oil filter
  6. Adding new oil
  7. Making sure the oil level is right

Schedule Your Oil Change in Ridgeway

While some people enjoy doing it themselves, many prefer the convenience, speed, and professionalism of a certified service center. At Gunter CDJR Martinsville, you can easily schedule an appointment for your next oil change, bring your car in, and be back on the road right away! And before you do, make sure to check out our special programs for any deals we’re currently running. Be sure to contact us with any questions about Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram oil changes. We’ll help with everything from oil changes, to Jeep Wrangler interior features, to overheating issues!

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