Some of the newer model cars come with manuals that instruct owners to get oil changes every 5,000-10,000 miles. Unfortunately, drivers – even of older vehicles – take the cue as an excuse to skip regular trips to the repair shop. This is the detriment of their vehicles. Routine oil changes maintain your car’s performance. They also provide the perfect opportunity to assess your vehicles’ systems.
Change the Oil
Don’t make assumptions on the interval for oil changes based on experience. Did your previous car continued the same oil for 7,000-10,000 miles? That does not mean your current vehicle will follow suit. Is your car is five years or older? You might benefit from changing oil every three months or 3,000 miles (or whichever comes first.) Are you are driving a late model? If so, you could get a few extra miles out of your car between oil changes.
Consumer Reports recommends watching for ‘service reminders,’ aka “idiot lights,” which light up on dashboards to alert drivers when it’s time to change their oil: “These systems typically monitor the number of miles a vehicle has traveled, and sense how hard the car is being driven, adjusting accordingly.” But if you wait for those reminders, make sure you respond to them as soon as you can.
Check the Oil
In the 1950s, gas station attendants fueled cars, cleaned windshields and checked the oil and tire pressure while customers sat in the comfort of their vehicles. Those days are gone. But the idea of checking your oil is just as important today as it was back in the day. So, while you’re waiting for the tank to fill, pop your hood and check the dipstick. Admittedly, newer cars can feature electronic oil level monitors instead of traditional dipsticks. If your car fits into this category, you’ll have to rely on dashboard alerts. Some cars come equipped with a dipstick. If so, check the oil level yourself. Make sure to park the car on level ground before checking. And if the engine has been running, be aware of potential hot spots under the hood. Oil changes make the difference between a car that runs well and one that suffers poor performance.
Why Cars Need Regular Oil Changes
In addition to keeping your engine running clean, taking your car in for an oil change is important for maintenance. At Genesis Automotive Service, we use oil change intervals to evaluate our customers’ cars. We evaluate the condition of your car so you won’t be surprised by repair needs.
“By checking your oil and systems at regular intervals, we can let you know what to expect down the road,” says Owner and Master Mechanic Carl Walker. “We provide a list of upcoming repairs, to help our clients plan. We let people know which repairs are critical as well as the ones on the horizon, so they can plan. This helps minimize automotive repair surprises.”
Genesis Automotive Service Oil Change
Genesis has recently purchased an additional repair bay, which will be used exclusively for oil changes and maintenance. We commit to customer’s oil changes much like a doctor who monitors the health of a patient with annual exams. We evaluate the condition of your car at regular intervals. So, we stay on top of the little things and big ones.
Auto Repair in Covina
If you live in the San Gabriel Valley, the best place to bring your gas-powered or electric/hybrid vehicle is Genesis. We serve Azusa, City of Industry, Covina, Glendora, Irwindale, La Puente, La Verne, Monrovia, San Dimas, Walnut, and West Covina…to name a few. Established by owner/master mechanic Carl Walker and a former partner, Genesis offers honest and dependable automotive repair and maintenance services, which is a far cry from how many profit-focused dealer service centers treat their customers.