Oil is the lifeblood that keeps your car’s engine performing at its peak. Over time, your car’s oil breaks down due to high operating temperatures, which makes it less effective at lubricating the engine. Without good lubrication, the parts of the engine rub together and eventually wear out. Changing your oil regularly is an easy and inexpensive way to prolong the life of your engine and prevent the need for major repairs down the road.

When should I get an oil change?

At General Auto Repair, we often get asked if it’s really necessary to get an oil change every 3,000 miles. The answer is: It depends on your operating conditions. Driving in rush hour traffic, very hot weather, or in areas with a lot of blowing dust and dirt causes your oil to get dirty faster, which can form sludge and damage your engine. To be on the safe side, we recommend not going any longer than 5,000 miles between oil changes, and never go further than the maximum listed in your car’s owner manual.

What type of oil is best for my car?

Just as important as when you get your oil changed is what type of oil is used. Your car’s owner manual will list what type of oil the manufacturer recommends for your particular vehicle. The important thing here isn’t the brand, but to use oil that’s the proper viscosity for your car’s engine. If you’re not sure what type of oil is best for your car, just ask one of the ASE-certified technicians at General Auto Repair. We’ll set you up with the right oil and a professional oil change to keep your engine purring for miles to come.

What Happens When You Don't Get Your Car Oil Changed?

We all know oil changes are due every 3,000 miles, but sometimes life gets in the way and the task keeps getting pushed down your to-do list, right? Or maybe you forget about it completely once that handy windshield reminder sticker fades away in the sun.