Changing your vehicle’s oil and replacing the oil filter is paramount to ensuring that your engine runs in top condition. For the engine to function effectively, continuous lubrication is required. Oil provides this lubrication. On the other hand, an oil filter ensures that no potential contaminants, such as dirt, oxidized oil, metallic particles, etc., enter the engine.
Most manufacturers suggest changing the oil in your vehicle every 7,500 miles or more. For petrol cars, the oil filter needs to be changed every 10,000 km. For diesel cars, it is recommended that the oil filter be changed every 15,000 km. However, it’s best to check the vehicle’s owner’s manual to understand how often you need to change its oil and oil filter.
Over time, the oil becomes dirty and breaks down, which affects the performance of the vehicle. The most obvious alert that the oil in your vehicle needs to be changed is when the oil change light in your vehicle is illuminated. The oil-change light is usually the worst-case scenario when the car warns you that the engine is at risk of damage due to lack of lubrication. If you hear excess engine noise, or at times, a knocking or rumbling sound, it signifies a need for an oil change. If you can smell gas or exhaust fumes in the car, it may mean the vehicle is overheating.
Changing the vehicle’s oil is a quick procedure and does not require much time. If you’re in the Pittsfield, Albany, or Northampton area in Massachusetts, you could schedule a service appointment at Berkshire Mazda Pittsfield. Our technicians are adept at gauging the problem with your vehicle and addressing your concerns.