Oil Change and Preventive Maintenance
An oil change: Sounds simple enough, but there's some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge.
What Happens When You Don’t Change Your Oil?
- Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly. Literally – petroleum jelly.
- Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to areas of the engine, causing parts to wear prematurely.
- Worn engine parts can cause to severe engine damage and result in expensive engine repairs
It is imperative to change the oil and oil filter on schedule - before old oil turns to sludge- in order to prevent premature engine failure.
During our oil changes, we perform a courtesy 15-point inspection to make sure all the lights, the wiper blades, air filter, fluids, horn operation, tires and tire pressure is up to specification.
If you're like most people, you probably don't think about your car's air filter often, unless you're told that it's dirty while getting your oil changed or having other maintenance done. But did you know that changing your air filter can increase your car's fuel efficiency and prolong its engine life?
Outside air is full of pollen, dust and other debris. The air filter is in place to catch this debris and allow sufficient clean air to enter the engine.
You may want to check/change your air filter if:
- Air filter appears dirty
- If you live or frequently drive through dusty/heavily polluted areas
- Reduced fuel economy
- Misfiring engine
- Check Engine Light comes on
- Reduced horsepower
- Black sooty smoke exiting the exhaust
- Smell of gasoline when starting the car
As you see, something as simple as an air filter, if ignored, can lead to more expensive repairs.
Remember, “Car care dollars save car repair dollars.”
Here at Carport of Texas, our ASE certified technicians have to knowledge and tools to address your maintenance needs and keep your vehicle running smoothly and properly. Call for an appointment today.