Engine oil is essential for the engine's operation, helping to lubricate and cool its internal components. Over time, oil can become contaminated or it can break down, which can cause it to be harmful to your engine, instead of helping it. Old changes shouldn't be ignored, so here are five easy ways to figure out when you are due for that.
1. The Oil Looks Dirty
If your engine oil is dark and dirty, when you pull out the dipstick, it's a clear indication that it needs to be changed. Over time, oil can become contaminated with debris, and other particles, which can reduce its effectiveness. And if you see metal flakes in the oil, don't drive your car any further. This is a clear sign pointing at serious problems.
2. Warning Lights
Most vehicles have warning lights on the dashboard that indicate when it's time for an oil change or a pop-up message to inform the driver. This is the most obvious sign there is, so make sure you visit a repair shop ASAP.
3. Engine Noise
Unusual noises, such as knocking or ticking, could be a sign that the oil is old and dirty, resulting in parts getting stuck or working slower. This can lead to increased friction between the engine's internal components, which can cause damage over time and may be heard as noise from the outside.
4. Decreased Performance
Is your vehicle's acceleration, power, or fuel-efficiency decreased? This could be a sign of old or used oil. If the oil doesn't lubricate the parts as efficiently as it should, they get stuck, resulting in extra contact; therefore, a decrease in performance. This is especially noticeable in the transmission - if it shifts slowly, you are in trouble.
5. Smell Of Oil
An oily smell can be the result of a leak or even oil burning in the engine. Both of them are symptoms of underlying problems, so make sure to visit a mechanic before going on the road. Especially if it is a leak that went unnoticed, it can leave you stranded.
If you have spotted any of the signs above, make sure to stop by Euro Car Tech! Our team will be happy to help out with the oil change and whatever else is needed.