Motor Oil in the Winter Months

The winter can cause serious wear on your vehicle, and especially when you don’t have the proper motor oil running through your vehicle. There are many reasons that winter is very damaging to a vehicle and many of those outcomes can be related to engine oil.

When you start your engine every morning the oil in your vehicle is going to be the exact same temperature as it is outside. Lucky for you your oil does not freeze like water unless you are in very extreme weather. This is why people say to let the engine heat up before driving in the winter, what you are really doing is allowing the oil to heat up enough that it is flowing properly through the engine. When it is flowing properly your engine will have that protection it desires from the motor oil.

 

What is the best Motor Oil for Winter?

Without any doubt the best motor oil to be running in the winter is synthetic. This is for many reasons but mostly how it deals with temperature. There are two factors for assessing motor oil for temperature uses that matter.

The first factor is how well the motor oil flows when it is cold. Synthetic is always out performing conventional as it flows twice as fast in vertical speed test pouring. This means that even when it is very cold out and the engine oil has yet to warm up it is still giving your engine that level of protection that cannot be provided by conventional oil.

The other aspect of synthetic oil’s superiority is how it has less evaporation in the winter (also summer). Motor oil evaporates when it heats very high and this is often only achieved when the oil is damaged from being at extreme cold and extreme warm temperatures. This therefore happens lots in the winter and is what can lead to vehicle damage.

 

Should I get it Changed More in the Winter?

The short answer here is yes, but that is simply because the oil has a greater chance of being destabilized. What is most easy to help your engine oil this winter is to do two things.

The first is, like above, to use synthetic oil. That is because synthetic oil is better at high and low temps and does not destabilize from the temperature swings.

Secondly, we highly recommend that you check your dip stick for two things this winter. The first is so that you can check the oil level. There is a higher chance of evaporation in winter months due to the strain on the motor oil. The second is to check the colour of the motor oil. This is also because the winter will cause the oil to be strained and can loose its effectiveness quicker. The motor oil can be black but should have a slight tint of amber or dark gold. These colours signify the oil still has some life left.

 

Whichever choices you make about your motor oil this winter, make sure to have your winter supplies ready before the weather gets too bad.

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Long Distance Winter Road Trip Safety Guide

Many of us will have an upcoming road trip that covers many hundreds of kilometers to see relatives or old friends this winter. Unless the you can easily move the trip dates around to fit the weather there will be a battle against the weather. Before and while you hit the road there are some simple steps to follow in order to keep you and your vehicle safe.

 

Before You Leave

You need to do three things prior to leaving on a long winter road trip. The first step is going to be a couple weeks before, which is going to a mechanic. We recommend you get the vehicle “safetied” which should run from $80-$200 and they will check every aspect of your vehicle for flaws and they will give a report for what would be needed in order to pass a safety. We recommend you ask them to give you a report on safety concerns instead of having a real safety check, because failing a real safety check could result in you needing to pay for these repairs that may not be needed such as a power window issue or cracked mirror.

Once you have the vehicle’s safety squared away you can start letting some of your family and friends know what day and time you plan on traveling. You should also include the route you plan on taking. This will allow people to know your whereabouts without having to disturb you when driving.

We recommend you stay up to date with the weather the week leading up to the trip. This way if possible you could leave a day early or late depending on if there will be good weather on one of the surrounding days. Another thing to think about is if there will be snow falling on your trip you should top up your windshield washing fluid. This will come in handy since you can easily go through a full bottle in bad weather.

Lastly, check some of our seasonal tips on some items for your vehicle during the winter, which includes some warm gear and jumper cables for example.

 

If You Get Stuck

It can happen when you do spin off the road and can no longer simply drive back onto the road. This is a dangerous spot to be in for a number of reasons, we recommend five steps in order to keep you as safe as possible while help is on the way.

Firstly, keep warm while trying to conserve fuel. It will be tempting to turn the car on to keep warm, but we recommend using those packed blankets instead.

When you do eventually turn the vehicle on again you need to check the exhaust pipe in order to make sure it is not clogged with dirt, snow or ice. A clogged tailpipe while running can allow carbon monoxide to leak into the passenger area of the vehicle.

Staying with your vehicle is important as some emergency help could see an empty can and assume the people had left and that will mean that there is less of an emergency than that of a car full of people who are cold and need help. We also recommend this so that you can help the tow truck or CAA with the vehicle if needed when they arrive.

You should try to dig yourself out at first if possible, but doing this can actually create great risk. When you work yourself hard in a winter jacket you can still sweat a lot and that can be dangerous as it will make you even colder when you eventually stop working. We recommend you work slowly and try to avoid working up a sweat.

Lastly, and maybe most importantly, you need to be visible to the road and surrounding areas. This is so that other motorists see you and so that you responders can see you. If you don’t have the equipment for this, we recommend tying a bright shirt to the top of your radio antenna and putting another bright shirt somewhere opposite to the antenna on the top of the vehicle.

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Best Advice for Winter Driving

That time of year is right around the corner, or even on your doorstep depending where you live. It can be sad to say goodbye to the warm weather and even worse when you think how difficult it is going to be to get around in your vehicle. Adding an extra 7-10 minutes every morning for your vehicle to warm up can make any people’s heart run cold, but other than the seasonal depression that winter brings there are some safety issues that come with driving also.

 

Your Speed

When driving in the winter your speed is very important, but maybe not in the way you think. Yes, what you’re thinking is my speed has to be slow, but almost as important as that is how consistent your speed is. When you pick up speed and brake consistently you are very likely to spin your wheels or slide over the snow when braking. Many people think that going fast up a hill or slow down one can give them more control, but this is actually wrong. When speeding up a hill your tires will spin and make your steering sub-par. When braking on a downslope there is a high probability that you will slide if you have any speed at all when you brake. We recommend starting a downslope with slow speed and taking your foot off the gas as you coast down the hill. When going up a hill you should keep your speed, and if possible it is better to speed up before the slope and take some perpetual motion up the hill as you keep the tires going a moderate speed.

 

Following Distance

We recommend heavily that you increase your following distance in order to keep safe this winter. When you follow closely in traffic it gives you far less time to react no matter the weather. This is more important on slick surfaces that are seen in the winter. The reason for this is because when you have less time to react to a slowing or braking vehicle in front it increases the likelihood that you will brake hard and cause an accident. We recommend at least 6 seconds behind in order to guarantee your safety.

 

Brakes

If you know how your brakes reacted during times last winter that is great, and before assuming they will be as effective make sure that they are before going to stops at similar speeds as last winter. This is because your brakes will have worn some over the past 8 months and they will be less effective or more prone to locking up. When your brakes lock up in the winter this can be cause for accidents. We can guarantee that your trip to the mechanic to check your brakes will cost less than the trip to the auto-body shop after a crash.

 

Overall Safety

We recommend a couple easy and affordable options this winter to guarantee you stay safe. The first is to get a CAA membership, because sometimes your battery will die late at night and there is no friend or family available to help. This leads to our second recommendation, that is to have some warm coats or blankets in a bag somewhere in your vehicle. This will ensure you can last the couple hours it may take for a tow or jump to get to you. You should also never use cruise control when on roads with any snow or ice this winter. This is because the vehicle cannot sense it has lost some traction as opposed to you when you try to accelerate or slow down. Lastly, let your vehicle warm up for about 5 minutes’ minimum in order to allow the motor oil to be warm before driving thus making sure all elements of the engine have lubrication before driving.

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The Most Common Oil Change Scams

Going to get your car serviced can be a stressful experience because you often do not know if there are any small issues or if that ticking noise can be solved with a certain add-on service. Add on services contribute to over half of the revenue made by quick lube shops and far more in conventional local garages. These services seem like something you could need, but most are simply a cash grab for the oil change location. Here are some of the most common add-on services that we strongly recommend steering clear of unless it aligns with your vehicles maintenance schedule.

 

Scam 1: Change the Oil for Cheap!

The scam here is that some of the cheapest places to get an oil change are the worst. It was revealed by CBS46 that Halvoline Xpress oil change shops had not even changed the oil in their vehicles. They exposed this by having hidden cameras underneath the vehicle, which captured video of not only no filter change, but no oil change either. This is extremely dangerous to say the least.

This crew from CBS46 also went to another of the chains locations and caught the location doing a similar scam, except even more dangerous for your vehicle. The technician removed motor oil from the vehicle then did not change the filter. After this the technician then either forgot, or on purpose did not replace the old oil that was drained with new oil. This would lead to the car being broken down within minutes of use. This is not that uncommon at quick lube shops, since they have to hire technicians right out of high school and if the shop is busy enough they have little supervision. This can lead to the above issue or another common mistake made by young technicians is putting on a oil filter that is not to manufacturer specifications.

 

Scam 2: Fluid Flushes

The most common of oil change scams is the fluid flush. Many times fluid flushes are needed, but not as often as they are recommended, and even when they are recommended they aren’t always needed. These can cost anywhere from $50 to hundreds depending on whether it is transmission fluid or steering fluid.

It was exposed by CBC’s marketplace that economy lube in Guelph, Ontario was charging for fluid flushes and not actually performing them. This is common practice, and you should never be getting these extra services done when they aren’t part of the maintenance schedule for the vehicle. Technicians often get commission on these mark ups and therefore are willing to lie for the extra pay.

 

Scam 3: Oil, not Filter

A very common scam that is used for extra cheap oil changes is an oil change that is so cheap you can’t believe the price. These often don’t include a filter change. This is very dangerous for the vehicle, and because of that we highly recommend spending more that $50 on your oil change. Many oil changes that are priced lower will have this as a way for the shop to save a bit of money on their bottom line.

There is also a tactic where the garage does not drain the oil, but just changes the filter for the sake of speed. This can be a common occurrence in quick lube shops. This is another reason to avoid a “10-minute oil change”.

 

There are lots of great garages and chains that can keep your car in great shape, but these are some of the things that could happen at any shop. We always recommend knowing your maintenance schedule’s recommended services before going to the shop to avoid pointless add-on services.

 

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What Oil Additive is Best for My Vehicle?

Motor oil additives can be very helpful for certain times of the year or certain times in your engines lifecycle. There are many different purposes of an oil additive, but the main purposes are to reduce friction, remove debris, or increase fuel economy. Most oil additives focus on just one of these tasks and can therefore have a great chance to fix at least one when you choose the right product. Here are some of our favourites…

 

Liqui Moly Anti-Friction Engine Treatment

For reducing friction, we recommend this product made by the German lubricant company Liqui Moly. This product is most recommended for older engines that are looking to extend the last years of its life. This happens because this treatment uses molybdenum which coats parts of the engine and therefore less metal parts of the engine in contact because the molybdenum mineral is in between parts (coating them usually).

This product not only has a long shelf life, but also lasts very long inside the engine. On top of these the price point is as good or better than any competitors in the anti-friction oil additive market. This product also is better than the rival anti-friction products made from ZDDP compounds that are unable to create a film around engine parts like the moly product. This is without a doubt the only product for your aging engine, as it also reduces noise and extends the engines life. We cannot recommend it enough.

 

RevX Stiction Fix Oil Treatment

This is one of the most all inclusive engine oil additives and therefore it does cost more than almost any other. It is also not a chemically based additive and therefore you do not have to exchange some other form of performance or damage in exchange for its benefits. The list of benefits includes increased performance (horsepower), increased fuel economy, and decreased engine temperature while running.

It was originally a stiction reducer and it worked in a way that helped multiple aspects, even cold starts. The way in which the additive works is essentially just improve what motor oil is already doing in your engine. Though it is probably the most expensive product on the market, it’s because it is amazing.

 

Marvel Mystery Oil Ultimate Fuel and Motor Treatment

This may be the most recommended product we have on the list, as this can truly turn the course of your engine. This additive removes debris and deposits in the fuel system and therefore can increase fuel economy and add to the life of the engine while saving you money. One other aspect is that this formula works specifically great with vehicles that have higher ethanol fuel systems. This is because ethanol can create rust and corrosion faster than other fuels.

 

We recommend finding an oil additive that works for where your vehicle is currently lacking. Like we always say, the best protection for your vehicle is consistent maintenance and keeping at pace with your maintenance schedule. Synthetic oil is also always recommended and can also help in some of the ways that these oil additives help.

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How Synthetic Oil Came to Be

The use of synthetic oil is now on par with that of mineral based oil, and if you discount blends of the two synthetic oil is now more popular than conventional (mineral) oil. Synthetic oil has truly come to popularity over the last ten years and it has some reasons as to why it took so long. After all, it was invented in 1937.

The first time that synthetic oil was available was when in 1937, in an Imperial Oil research facility in Indiana a bi-product was made and they saw its lubrication qualities. This product was then sought out by the German air force and American Navy. This product was then primarily used in aircrafts for both countries. The reason they saw its upside is the same reasons it is great for your vehicle now, its better than conventional oil in hot and cold temperatures. The first use in cars was my military pilots in the United States who saw its benefits in the cold high altitudes of Alaska. These pilots also felt the synthetic oil could help their vehicles in the cold tundra of Alaska.

A man named Jack Arotta who was also a military man in Minnesota started creating fully synthetic motor oil and even used it in his brand new vehicle. He thought of himself as the first person to use 100% synthetic oil in his vehicle. He then set out to start the sale of this oil and the company then became AMZOil today.

Soon after (1975) Mobil Oil saw the benefits of synthetic oil and knew it would one day become huge in consumer light cars and trucks. That is how they came up with their now famous Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil. By the 1990’s it was easy to see that every motor oil manufacturer knew this would be the way of the future. This caused them to all stock a synthetic oil by that time.

Many vehicles still don’t use synthetic oil, whether it is the manufacturer or owner’s choice, and it is confusing seeing as synthetic is a much better product. Not even today do all engines require this, but many owners also opt for this without knowing the value they get from synthetic oil.

Still, not all car owners are using synthetic oil in their vehicles. Synthetic oil is much better, and while being more expensive it has the ability to protect your engine in hotter and colder temperatures. Also, synthetic oil does not loose as much due to evaporation between oil changes. This factor can be the difference in your engines health.

There were some reasons synthetic oil hasn’t become popular, namely there was a rumour that changing to synthetic oil after using conventional during the cars whole existence would be bad for the vehicle. This was disproved recently and the opposite was actually proved, switching to synthetic is an improvement for an old vehicle.

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Is an Oil Change Near Me Better than Traveling to a Chain?

The short answer to this is not really, but it can be. When you live in a city like Toronto an oil change near me is really the best way to keep your vehicle well maintained as this increases the likelihood of you being willing to regularly get oil changes. It is similar to a person that lives near a bakery or a coffee shop, it increases your likelihood of using the store. This can be quite important when it comes to consistent maintenance for your vehicle.

 

How Often is an Oil Change Near Me Needed?

Since you do have access to an oil change nearest to you through The Oil Change App getting an oil change will be easier to receive often. And we all know that an oil change is needed every 4 months or 10,000KM when using synthetic. The reason that there is a time limit on time between oil changes is because the oil looses its ability to protect the engine over time whether it is being used or not. This is similar to food going bad, except it takes much longer luckily.

 

Can Changing My Oil Often Affect the Value of the Vehicle?

The short answer is yes, but you will need a few things to prove this. You will need documentation to prove each and every service and that is easy to do with The Oil Change App, because we automatically send you an email with your receipt of service and that will prove your oil change occurred. Not only will this affect the resale value but if there is ever an issue with the vehicle and your warranty is still active you will need proof that you had serviced your vehicle on time each interval. This will sometimes allow you to resell the vehicle while the warranty is still active and that will definitely help your vehicles value.

 

Should I Get an Oil Change Near Me Before a Road Trip?

The is some good thought to this, but essentially no, you don’t. This is unless you are going to be driving on gravel or dirt roads and your oil change will be needed soon after your return. This is because when you drive on dirt roads that will end up in the motor oil and take away some of the lubricating properties of the oil. If you had changed your oil a month or two before the road trip and there is still a couple months until the oil change we recommend you wait until the oil change is needed, especially if you are highway driving. This is because highway miles are far less hard on your engine.  We always recommend getting your oil changed on time since it will cost only tens of dollars annually and leave you with peace of mind.

 

If I start to Use Synthetic Oil Do I have to Keep Using Synthetic Oil?

This is urban myth or something of the sort. We often come into contact with people asking if changing to synthetic oil is alright when you have been using conventional your cars whole existence. That also is a myth, and synthetic oil is definitely better for your engine, but you can always have an oil change interval on conventional. Our only issue is that conventional does not last as long as synthetic and therefore your next oil change can come and go quicker than you think and then you are damaging the vehicle.

 

Best Place for an Oil Change Near Me?

Rather than sitting in traffic on your way to the garage or oil change shop, download The Oil Change App on the App Store or Google Play and send out a live request for service anytime, anywhere. All oil changes are synthetic and include a OEM spec filter to keep your engine running smooth.

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I’m a Daily Driver, Where is an Oil Change Near Me?

Being a daily commuter that isn’t driving that far, an oil change near me is still needed. Many people would say that your engine is needing for an oil change even more than that of an engine with similar miles of highway driving or long commuting.

The temperature of your engine and engine oil is very important to the health of your engine. Since you are driving short trips your vehicle may not be heating up well enough for your motor oil to flow properly through the engine. This leads to a lack of protection of your engine parts, and therefore you have to get your oil changed more often when all your trips to work or wherever are very short trips.

 

What Makes a Synthetic Oil Change Better?

Synthetic oil can save you lots of money, and is better for your engine, but what makes it better for your engine? There are two reasons it is better for your engine, one the consistent size of molecules, and the additives in the oil.

Synthetic motor oil is “synthetic” because it is made with equal size molecules as opposed to its mineral motor oil counterpart. When all molecules are the same exact size this allows the oil to flow even more smoothly through the engine whether the oil is cold or hot. The additives that are “added” to increase the synthetic oil’s ability to fight corrosion in the engine, as well as anti-oxidant and anti-wear properties. The materials added to the synthetic oil can include zinc, phosphorous and sulphur. The last, and most interesting additive to synthetic oil can be titanium. This may sound weird since the purpose of motor oil is to stop metals to rub against one another, but the idea holds up. When you turn your vehicle off, all the oil goes back into the oil drain pan. Since the oil is all in the drain pan, your vehicle has no oil to protect components when starting your vehicle. The purpose of the titanium is so that the titanium from the motor oil attaches to components of the engine when you shut the engine off. Then when you start the engine again the titanium is a protective layer against “cold starts”.

 

Likelihood of There Being an Oil Change Near Me

People with an oil change shop near them have a far higher likelihood of getting their oil changed regularly. As we said above, a regular oil change is the best way to maintain your engine and keep your vehicle running smoothly.

 

Best Place for an Oil Change Near Me?

Rather than sitting in traffic on your way to the garage or oil change shop, download The Oil Change App on the App Store or Google Play and send out a live request for service anytime, anywhere. All oil changes are synthetic and include a OEM spec filter to keep your engine running smooth.

 

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9 Tips And Tricks To Clean Your Car Like A Pro

Autumn is the perfect time of year to really get in there and give your whole car a deep clean. It’s not too hot like the summertime, when air-drying a car might result in spots and soap streaks, and it’s right before the frigid winter months. When you’re living in NYC, you understand: salt, dirt, snow, and ice can slowly destroy your vehicle. Make sure your car’s exterior is in good shape and its interior is comfortable during the winter by focusing on doing the hard work now.

Hand-Wash Your Car With a Soft Sponge

Even according to the experts, the best car wash is a hand-wash. However, instead of using the popular solution of dish detergent and water, invest in an actual car wash solution; dish soap cleans the car but strips away protective wax coatings. If you do decide to use dish soap and water, be sure to wax your car right after. Also, don’t just use a kitchen sponge, which can scratch your car; get a nice, soft sponge made for this express purpose. I’m not about needlessly spending money and would often rather do a cheaper, DIY project, but it’s important not to cut corners when you’re treating your car’s paint.

Wax On, Wax Off (Or Make Your Kids Do It)

Every few months (or whenever possible, really), put a fresh coat of wax on your car. This will help protect your vehicle from the relentless salt and snow that will happen over the next few months.

Clean Your Vents With an Air Compressor

This is very important. A thin layer of dust may have accumulated in your car, but make sure that it’s not all coming from the vents. You can either use an old toothbrush or a foam paintbrush to clean between the plastic parts of the vents, or you could be like a professional and blow out the whole vent system (including the ducts and the vents) with compressed air. This is also a good time of year to replace your air filter, too. If you’re trying to reclaim that “new car smell,” then this is one of the best things you can do.

Find All of the Trash

There are several people out there who may not have anything to pick up in their car, but if you have kids, a long commute, or simply not a lot of time, you’ll want take the time to pick up your trash. Remove water bottles, tissues, napkins, ticket stubs, or anything else that might be hiding in the crevices. Check under your seats, in cup-holders, and between the seats and the consoles. To alleviate this problem in the future, it’s sometimes easier to have a trash receptacle inside of your car. It could be a plastic bag or a small container.

Detail the Upholstery

Make sure you completely remove your floor mats and vacuum underneath. You can also vacuum your upholstery (especially if it’s fabric), and make sure to get into the nooks and crannies like the seams of your cushions or near the seat-belt connectors. Pour some baking soda over the surface of your upholstery if you want to catch more filth and have a nice, clean smell after. If your fabric is stained, there are several things you could do. For seat stains, use diluted all-purpose cleaner, a scrub brush, and some elbow grease; you’ll be surprised at what comes up.

Clean the Mats

If your carpeted floor mats are filthy, you may be able to throw them in the washing machine. If you have sticky, icky rubber mats, simply attack them with your hose for a while. If they’re really, really gross, attack them with a scrub brush and some detergent.

Create a DIY Air Freshener

Do you have baking soda? Do you have essential oil? Do you have a spare mason jar? Do you have a spare bit of fabric? (If you’ve been experimenting at all with any of the exciting things on Pinterest in the past, then you likely have all of these things.) Use this recipe to create an air freshener that will keep your car smelling much better than any of those cheap, dangling fresheners (and it won’t get in the way while you’re driving).

Clean Your Headlights

I’ve not tried this yet, but supposedly, you can clean your car’s headlights with toothpaste, water, and an old cloth. I believe it, though. Toothpaste sure is a miracle cleaner. You can clean your headlights with dish detergent or window cleaner as well.

Get Rid of Rust

Rust is a menace that will slowly destroy the value of your car. This DIY project requires an investment: paint that’s similar to your car’s original color and a “rust-killer” or primer. This is certainly worth it, though, if you’re living in the northern part of the country. Rust will often keep spreading, and the salty winter months will only make your rust worse. Take the time to clean up and fix this now and you can save a real headache later.

Remember that besides cleaning, you’ll want to do several other things to winterize your vehicle, such as checking your wiper blades, your tires, and your air filters. Something that a professional can do for you (I don’t advise doing this yourself) is an under-body coating, which protects all of the parts underneath your car with a coat of sealant. One of the best ways to keep your vehicle clean is to keep your oil clean, get your oil changed regularly nearest to you. With these tactics and these tips, you can have a more comfortable and safer winter in your car!

 

Source: BusyBee Cleaning Service

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How to Keep Your Oil Healthy?

Many of us worry that just getting our oil changed when the sticker says so isn’t enough to keep the oil or engine at their best. That is true, because there are many things that could make the motor oil loose it’s effectiveness. The motor oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle and when it’s not at its best, your engine is not at its best.

 

How to Best Keep Healthy Motor Oil?

Of the many ways to keep healthy oil, here are some of the most important. Many lube shops will buy motor oil in bulk and therefore it is even more enticing for the shop to buy cheaper oil. Cheaper oil can mean oil that is not approved by API standards or even an oil that is SAE30 as opposed to 5W30. 5W30 is a multi weight oil that fights sludge buildup, whereas SAE30 is not able to fight sludge buildup as well. There are also some ploys at certain shops that will give you conventional oil when you request a synthetic oil change.

Another way that a shop can make your engine oil less healthy during the time between oil changes is by not draining the oil properly. This happens in one of two ways, not letting the oil drain long enough or not draining the oil from the drain pan. The first is pretty self explanatory, essentially the old oil isn’t all gone from the vehicle so there is still dirty oil in the vehicle. The second problem is when the shop drains the motor oil from the dip stick with a fluid extractor. This does not always get most of the old motor oil out of the drain pan, in fact it almost never gets all the old oil out. The traditional way to drain oil during an oil change is to remove the oil drain plug and let the oil drain for about 10 minutes or so, basically until no more oil is draining.

Poor Quality filters can also hinder the health of your motor oil between oil changes. The oil filter simply takes pieces of dirt and other particles out of your motor oil when while the oil is pushed through the filter. Poor quality oil filters will do their job, but only for so long. These filters will not be able to keep your oil healthy for as long as a quality filter. Since these filters are not able to clean your oil as well you will probably need to check more often than the required amount.

 

How Often Should I Check the Oil Level?

Checking the oil level is a recommended part of car ownership because as we have said before a low oil level is quite damaging for your vehicle. To check the oil level in your vehicle you have to pop the trunk, grab an old cloth, then clean of the dip stick, put the dip stick back in, pull the dipstick out again and check the level. The oil level should always be very close to full, because that gives the engine the best ability to run smoothly.

To ensure your vehicle runs its best at all times between oil changes you should be checking the oil level. How often is enough though? We recommend you check your oil level once per month, and in Toronto that is probably as easy as checking ever time you fill up. Make sure the engine is off and the car is parked on level ground before checking. We also highly recommend you check the colour of the motor oil when you pull the dipstick up.

The general rule of thumb when checking the oil colour during a level check you are looking for some clarity and some dark amber colours. This means that the oil is still healthy and you don’t have to worry about it’s health until you get to the gas station next. If the oil is dark coloured but you can still see through it slightly, like a light cup of coffee then there is still life in the oil, but you should be wary that an oil change will be needed soon. If the oil is black and you cannot see through the oil at all it is time for an oil change. If there is any bits of dirt or metal that show on the dipstick you need to get an oil change as soon as possible. This is just a great way to check on the health of your engine between trips to the shop, and they can really help with ease of mind also.

 

Do I Need an Oil Change if I Don’t Drive Much?

The short answer is yes, but its for a different reason than those who drive quite a bit. People often get their oil changed about every 7500KM. That would mean that the average driver is getting 2-3 oil changes per year, but they get those oil changes based on their odometers. The reason you need to still get your oil changed when you are only driving half the amount of other drivers is because the motor oil also looses its effectiveness regardless of use. The oil becomes less useful as a lubricant as it ages, so we recommend that you should change your oil at least every 5 months regardless of how much you drive.

 

Where to Get an Oil Change Near Me?

Rather than sitting in traffic on your way to the garage or oil change shop, download The Oil Change App on the App Store or Google Play and send out a live request for service anytime, anywhere. All oil changes are synthetic and include a OEM spec filter to keep your engine running smooth.

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