He hopped into the front seat of the vehicle, his mother climbing into the passenger seat beside him. He had nothing but a smile on his face. Even though he just spent all of his savings on this new car and he had nothing left, he didn’t care because he finally had a car; he had freedom. Sure, the paint was fading a little, and the seats had some wear and tear, but the engine was sturdy, there weren’t too many miles on it, and it was finally his. But did he know the responsibilities that came with a new car, the amount of maintenance that he had to do from time to time? Perhaps he did, perhaps he didn’t and surely his mother told him to do his research.
One missed oil change could change everything about his first exciting day with his car and turn his life into a nightmare. Now’s the time to get educated about one of the simplest ways to care for your car and keep money in your pocket, so listen up!
Nothing is more exciting than buying a new car or a used car and finally having that little sense of freedom to drive wherever your heart pleases you or complete daily tasks independently. We have all experienced that freeing sense that comes with owning a car and losing our vehicle for even a day could be crippling for us. It’s important to take care of our vehicles no matter the cost and one of the most cost-effective ways to care for your vehicle begins with a simple oil change.
I’m sure your vehicle comes with an owner’s manual, if it doesn’t, it’s best to get on the internet and find one. It will tell you everything you need to know about caring for your vehicle, because you do want to take care of it, almost like you would take care of relationships or take care of pets. This is your baby.
Here we will tell you why you need an oil change, how to check your oil, how to add oil, and where to change oil. This little bit of information will go a long way in helping you save your money and keep your engine healthy.
Why Should We Change Our Oil?
Our engines are made up of hundreds of moving parts. These parts are constantly moving and they are moving against each other causing friction and causing them to overheat. Oil is beneficial to your engine because it lubricates these moving parts, absorbs heat, prevents the moving parts from overheating, and contains additives that neutralize acids. Oil also has the ability to absorb water, dust, and combustion.
Basically, over time, the oil wears down, stops saturating particles that could affect your engine, leaves the harmful things in your engine, and stops lubricating those moving parts effectively.
When and How to Check Your Oil.
All engines contain an area where you can check your oil, and an instrument called a “dipstick” that allows you to measure your oil, and it’s an incredibly easy task to complete. First, refer to your owner’s manual to help you locate the dipstick. Your owner’s manual will also provide you with instructions on how t
o measure whether or not your engine has enough oil. Generally, it is appropriate to check your oil every few hundred miles just in case you have leaks.
To check your oil, first, identify if your engine should be hot or cold when checking the oil. Sometimes the best time to check your oil is at the gas station once you have filled up but refer to your manual to be sure. Pull the dipstick out of the oil well and wipe it clean with a Scott Shop Towel. (Note: Do not use a regular paper towel at the gas station. Fibers could attach themselves to your dipstick and compromise your engine.) Once you have wiped the dipstick clean, place it all the back into the oil well. Pull the dipstick back out, and you will get a reading, generally the level of the oil will fall between notches on the dipstick. If this is so, your oil is fine, if your oil falls below the recommended level, add oil accordingly. If the oil is well about the notches, you have too much oil in your engine.
When Should You Change Your Oil?
This really depends on your vehicle. Older models and engines may need to change their oil more frequently whereas, vehicles that use a synthetic oil can wait a long while between oil changes. The recommended time for oil changes are every 3,000 miles. Typically, your service center will attach a sticker on the inside of your windshield telling you when your next recommended oil change is.
Where Should You Change Your Oil?
Hyundai Chapel Hills has oil change services and regularly offers their customers discounts if they come in and get an oil change service with us. Visit the Hyundai Chapel Hills Services to learn more about our oil change services and find great deals and special for oil changes! Hyundai Chapel Hills is a name you can trust and offers quick services.
Don’t wait on your oil change, educate your teenager on the importance of getting an oil change and take care of your vehicle. Call or visit us at Hyundai Chapel Hills to schedule and oil change and get the services you need.