Getting routine maintenance, like an oil change, is an important part of taking care of your car. If your vehicle needs an oil change near Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, visit the service center at Maguire Kia.


When To Get an Oil Change

How often your vehicle will need an oil change depends on a few factors, starting with what kind of oil it takes. There two main categories of oil, conventional and synthetic.

Conventional oil is derived from crude oil and contains natural impurities that many older cars are designed for. If your car takes conventional oil, you'll probably need an oil change about every 3,000 miles or every six months.

Most vehicles on the road today use synthetic oil. It's had most of the impurities filtered out and has been chemically engineered to last longer. With synthetic oil, you'll likely need to get an oil change every 7,500 miles or about once a year.

While these estimates are generally accepted, every vehicle is different. That's why it's always a good idea to check your owner's manual for your recommended maintenance schedule or talk to a service technician.

What Does Oil Do?

Oil keeps your engine in good condition. It lubricates all the parts under the hood and keeps them from overheating. Your engine is made up of lots of parts that are constantly hard at work powering your vehicle. This can cause a lot of heat to build up under the hood. By keeping the parts cool and lubricated, oil prevents friction and reduces the chances of any parts breaking down.

Eventually though, oil starts to wear down. Several months and a few thousand miles of work takes a toll on its ability to remain effective. That's why routine oil changes are an important part of your maintenance.

Signs You Need an Oil Change

It's ok if you're not sure how long its been since your last oil change. Your car has a few ways of telling you that it's time to schedule another one. First, look for a light on your dashboard. Any light that looks like a picture of an old-fashioned oil can serves as a reminder that you're low on oil.

Another sign is if your engine sounds louder than usual. Without proper lubrication, your parts will sound like they're working a lot harder to power your car.

Finally, if you like to check your car at home, you can even see how your oil is doing. Just pop the hood and find the dipstick. When you pull it out, it'll have oil on it. New oil is a free-flowing liquid with a golden-brown color. Old, overworked oil looks like a thick, black sludge.

Schedule an Oil Change

If you notice any of these signs that your car needs an oil change, schedule service with Maguire Kia. We have a team of highly trained technicians in our service center who can take care of all your routine maintenance.

To learn more about getting an oil change near Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, contact us or visit our service center. For your convenience, we offer shuttle service and free Wi-Fi in our waiting room.

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