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5 Signs You Need An Oil Change

One of the most fundamental maintenance measures any motor vehicle needs to run smoothly is a regular oil change schedule. However, because oil changes are fairly straightforward and usually are not needed for months at a time, some drivers may put off or forget this task.


Additionally, your vehicle may need more frequent oil changes as it ages, increases in mileage, or drives in more extreme climates. Because the need for oil changes can become different over time, you may wait too long between changes, even if you're right on schedule.


So how do you know if it's been too long since your last oil change? In this blog, we list five warning signs that you should bring your vehicle into Rod's Roadside Service to refresh the oil.


1. Falling Oil Level

Topping off your oil occasionally can help extend the period of time between oil changes. However, if your oil level seems to fall quickly and constantly, your oil system has likely developed a problem.


2. Low Oil Level

While you can top off between oil changes, you should pay attention to the level you find the reservoir at. If it's been too long since your last oil change, the oil levels may read well below the minimum.

If you notice this low of an oil level, have your car serviced right away. Driving with extremely low oil levels can cause permanent engine damage and increase your risk of stalling or breaking down, especially in warm weather.


3. Persistent Check Engine Light

The "check engine" light on your dash can come on for a number of mechanical reasons. If your car doesn't have an oil change light or if your oil situation is extreme, this is the light you'll see.


4. Shaking While Idling

The high level of friction present in your engine when the oil needs to be changes can affect your ride quality. Specifically, when your car is idling, you may feel abnormal vibrations or shaking motions.


5. Ticking Sounds When Starting

When you start your vehicle, the engine immediately begins circulating oil. If the motor oil has an improper texture, this task may take more time and effort than it should.

In this situation, you may hear a ticking noise while your engine warms up. This noise comes from valves working to move the oil effectively.

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