Oil Change Service in Vancouver, WA

The search for a Vancouver oil change will bring you to Gaynor’s Automotive! With the help of the professional service staff at Gaynor’s, you can keep your vehicle running and in good condition with regular oil changes. Your car or truck is a large investment in both time and money, plus they carry the most valuable thing you have: your friends and family. Don’t compromise their safety!

Oil Change Service in Vancouver

We take pride in offering the best oil change service in Vancouver for your vehicle. We understand that regular oil changes are vital to maintaining peak performance and extending the lifespan of your engine.

Our team of skilled mechanics is well-versed in all makes and models, ensuring that your vehicle receives the precise care it needs. We use only high-quality oil and filters, adhering to manufacturer recommendations to ensure optimum results.

During our oil change service, we not only replace your old oil with fresh, clean oil but also conduct a thorough inspection of your vehicle. This allows us to catch potential auto issues early on, saving you from costly auto repairs down the road.

The result of our meticulous approach to oil changes is an engine that runs run smoother, quieter, and more efficiently.  After an oil change service, most vehicle owners notice improved fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, and a noticeable increase in overall performance.

When it comes to oil change service in Vancouver, you can trust Gaynor’s Automotive.

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Benefits of Regular Oil and Oil Filter Changes

There are valid reasons for the reminders you receive about scheduling a regular oil change. Here are some of the most important:

A Clean Engine

Your car’s engine must be clean if you expect it to last as long as possible. One of the primary tasks of clean oil is to trap the dirt and grime that builds up in an engine. When the oil becomes dirty and isn’t changed, gunk can clog the oil filter and then the oil has no way of working. Engine parts wear down and have to be repaired or replaced sooner than they should. You don’t ever want to hear your mechanic say that you need a new engine, especially if you could have prevented it by keeping up with the necessary oil change service.

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Reduced Friction and Wear on the Engine

The sound of metal grinding against metal is something you never want to hear from your car. You can prevent this by making sure your car has clean oil and a clean oil filter. When all the metal parts are being adequately lubricated, there won’t be any of that grinding. But if the oil gets old and the filter hasn’t been changed, the metal parts are no longer being lubricated as they work. They begin to wear against each other, the grinding starts, and then the engine will eventually seize up. The result is a car that has to be towed to a shop and repaired. The engine may even need to be replaced. Don’t let this happen.

Absorption of Heat from the Engine

A certain amount of heat will build up in any engine. It is generated by many metal parts moving together inside the engine. Clean oil absorbs this heat and redirects it away from the engine. Dirty oil loses this ability, so the heat builds up and overheats the engine. 

Prevention of Rust and Corrosion

Two lethal enemies of anything made of metal are rust and corrosion. In a vehicle’s engine, clean oil keeps both from building up. An oil change helps with this. Car owners can also help by not topping off the oil in their car because the oil will become diluted and soon doesn’t have the necessary strength to prevent rust and corrosion any longer.

Better Fuel EfficiencyPouring Synthetic Oil into Car

All that friction caused by dirty oil also leads to reduced fuel efficiency. You have no control over gas prices, but you do have control over maintaining your vehicle’s schedule of preventive maintenance appointments.

Other Engine Issues Identified

There are many reasons to bring your vehicle to Gaynor’s for oil changes instead of using quick lube and oil shops. Our experienced, professional oil change specialists will also be looking for other problems with your vehicle as they take care of the oil change. Their goal isn’t to simply add services to your bill; they know your car and its history and can identify when something isn’t right. Plus, you know them and know they can be trusted with your car care. 

Do what you can to help your engine last as long as possible. Book an appointment at Gaynor’s today!

At our Vancouver auto repair shop, we will:

  • Add up to five quarts of oil
  • Install a new oil filter
  • Lubricate the chassis
  • Check and top off other fluids in the vehicle

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Types of Oil

Different grades of oil have different viscosities and performance in protecting your engine. Choosing the best oil for your car involves these factors and more:

  • The type of vehicle
  • The vehicle’s age/total mileage 
  • Your driving habits

Here’s what you should know about the various types of oil:

Conventional or standard: This type of oil is available in several quality levels and viscosities. For drivers who have normal driving habits and late-model vehicles without high mileage, conventional oil does the job.

High-mileage: Engines with a lot of miles on them need oil with additional protective properties. High-mileage oil can help prevent oil leaks and reduce oil burn-off.

Synthetic: Synthetic oil provides excellent performance in extremely low or high temperatures. It also usually has better-performing additives and fewer impurities than conventional oil. Synthetic oil is often the best choice for high-performance engines, since it has greater resistance to thermal breakdown and helps protect against the sludge that can build up in oil.

Synthetic blend: This oil is good in low temperatures and has better resistance to oxidation than conventional oil. It offers the affordability of conventional oil with many of the properties of full synthetic oil.

If you’re unsure which type of motor oil is best for your car or truck, the expert technicians at Gaynor’s will be glad to discuss your options with you and make a recommendation.

Oil Change Frequency

Most industry experts recommend an oil change every 3,000–6,000 miles (or every three months). When our Gaynor’s service staff adds this service to your other maintenance tasks, you can be sure that your oil change isn’t forgotten in the midst of your busy schedule. Changing the oil too often is simply not a problem for your car’s engine!

Also, check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended schedule for oil changes. Newer vehicles often don’t require this service as frequently as older models. This will have an effect on the type of oil you will use. For example, some newer cars don’t generally need an oil change until around 7,500 miles. Some older cars can stay safely on the road, even with over 75,000 miles, by switching to a high-mileage blend of oil. 

DIY Maintenance Between Oil Changes

There are ways to check the state of the oil in your car between your regularly scheduled oil changes. It’s good practice to check the oil yourself every other gas fill-up. Watch for:

  • Flecks of material on the dipstick
  • Thick, dark oil
  • Oil level on the dipstick
  • Unusual or loud noises 
  • The “check engine” light on the dashboard

If the oil is low, it may mean there is a leak somewhere in the system. If the oil is dirty, the filter may be bad. If the “check engine” light is on, the engine may be overheating. Don’t wait until your next scheduled oil change; make an appointment right away to have the car checked. 

Many car owners ask if they can change the oil themselves. Yes, it is possible if you have the right tools, don’t mind getting dirty, can safely access the underside of the car, and know what to do with the drained oil. An oil change, however, is not an expensive or lengthy service when done by professionals in a shop equipped for it. Gaynor’s Automotive recommends you bring the car in and have us take care of it for you!

Quick Oil Change Shops

The money you save up-front by going to a quick oil change shop will be lost later when low-grade products are used and the service is poor. Choose a shop like Gaynor’s with ASE-certified mechanics who are qualified to provide professional, experienced car care at a competitive and fair price.

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Vancouver Oil Change Service FAQs

What can happen to my engine if I don’t do an oil change regularly?

Following the recommended oil change service schedule is critical to your vehicle’s engine running optimally. The oil works to keep the thousands of internal engine components lubricated, clean the engine as the oil cycles through it, and prevent overheating by absorbing the excess heat caused by friction.

As the oil circulates through the engine, it works to pick up dirt and debris. Over time, this makes it less able to effectively lubricate and absorb heat. If the old, dirty oil is not regularly changed, excess sludge can build up in the engine and cause enough damage to completely seize the engine.

Also, because of the heat-absorbing properties of the oil, trying to run your engine with low oil levels can be highly damaging. Without regular oil changes, the engine’s oil level may become low without you realizing it. If you try to run your engine without a sufficient level of lubrication, metal components can get excessively hot very quickly due to excess friction. This causes premature wear and can lead to total engine failure.

So, maintaining a regular oil change schedule will save you thousands of dollars in a replacement engine. An oil change service is one of the fastest and least expensive maintenance services there is, yet it is one of the most important in extending the life of your vehicle.

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How can I tell if my vehicle needs an oil change service?

If you have not been following a regular oil change service routine and are wondering if your engine oil needs to be changed, there are a couple of ways to determine if it should be replaced. Of course, you can go by your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations, which is often between 3,000 and 5,000 miles, or every three months. But you can also look out for:

  • The “Low Oil” or “Check Engine” light is illuminated on your instrument panel.
  • The oil level is shown as being low when checking it with the oil dipstick.
  • When checking the engine oil using the dipstick, the oil comes out in globs, is very dark, is milky-looking, and/or feels gritty between your fingers.
  • Your engine sounds louder than usual.

Your best bet for optimal performance is to stick to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended oil change schedule. When you get an oil change done at an auto service center, they will usually place a sticker on the inside of your windshield. This sticker reminds you when your next oil change is due based on the recommended interval for mileage or time.

Are you due for an oil change? Visit the Vancouver oil change experts here at Gaynor’s Automotive. Schedule your oil change appointment today!

Why does the oil filter need to be changed during every oil change?

The engine’s oil filter plays a crucial role in keeping your oil cleaner longer by filtering dirt and debris out of the oil as it circulates through. But the oil filter does reach a point where it can longer absorb any particles, and it will be dirty oil flowing through the engine.

Changing the oil filter during every oil change means that the new, clean engine oil can effectively do its job and stay clean longer.

What are the advantages of full synthetic oil compared to the other types of oil?

Full synthetic oil is specifically designed to offer several significant advantages compared to other types of oil, including:

  • Lasting longer than conventional oil because it is much more resistant to oil breakdown.
  • Tolerating higher temperatures compared to other types of oil helps to extend the life of your engine.
  • Better protection for your engine from the strain that hauling heavy loads or towing causes.
  • Significantly reduces the chance of sludge buildup that occurs when oil breaks down.

To help give your engine the maximum protection, we use Valvoline Full Synthetic Oil here at Gaynor’s Automotive. Schedule your appointment for a complete synthetic oil change at our location nearest you today!

How do I know which type of oil I should be using in my vehicle?

Your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended minimum oil specifications can be found in your owner’s manual. But it might be a good idea to upgrade to a higher quality type of engine oil. Not all oils are created equally. Different types of motor oil have different viscosities and levels of performance for engine protection. There are three factors in determining the best kind of oil for your vehicle:

  • The age/total mileage of the vehicle: Many newer vehicles require full synthetic motor oil. Alternatively, when a vehicle ages, the spaces between internal engine components grow larger, making it harder for the oil to effectively reach critical parts in the engine. In this situation, technicians will usually recommend switching to a high-mileage or other high-viscosity oil.
  • The type of vehicle: Different types of vehicles require different types of oil. For example, a sports car or similar high-performance vehicle needs a high-performance oil. While a pickup truck that frequently tows or hauls heavy loads will need a different type of oil.
  • Your driving habits: Where and how you drive both significantly impact your vehicle’s oil life. If you take a lot of short trips or frequently drive in heavy stop-and-go traffic, you may need a higher-quality motor oil to prevent excess wear and tear on the engine. Also, colder temperatures, like we sometimes experience here in the Vancouver area, affect the oil’s viscosity (the rate it flows). This means you may need to use a different oil in the winter.

With so many options for oil, picking the right one for your vehicle can be confusing. Talk to your local Gaynor’s Automotive technician about which type of oil may be best for your vehicle and driving habits. No matter what oil change you need, our team is here to help!

Can’t I just keep topping off the existing oil?

It’s a good idea to get in the habit of checking your oil between oil changes and topping it off when needed. But this should not take the place of routine oil changes. When you top your oil off to bring the level back up to normal, the new oil won’t clean the old oil.

The new, clean oil just mixes with the old, dirty oil, and you won’t get nearly the optimal performance from the new oil. It will not be able to effectively reduce excess heat caused by friction, properly lubricate the engine components, or absorb dirt and debris. This puts significantly more stress on the internal engine components and pistons.

If you see that your oil level is low, topping it off to temporarily bring it closer to the normal range is fine. But make sure to bring your vehicle to your closest Gaynor’s Automotive location as soon as possible for a full oil change service.

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Where can I get an oil change service done near me?

We’ve got you covered if you are looking for an oil change in Vancouver. Gaynor’s Automotive has multiple locations throughout the Vancouver area. To find the service center nearest you, check out our Locations page now!

Will my car run better after an oil change?

Yes, it will! Clean oil allows the engine to run optimally and keeps it protected from dirt build-up and metal-to-metal friction. And as the oil circulates through the engine, it absorbs harmful dirt and debris.

The full extent of the improvement after an oil change may not be fully noticeable to you, but there are some specific things where you may see a difference. More than likely, you’ll notice an improvement in your vehicle’s gas mileage due to better lubrication in the engine. Fresh oil also reduces friction and boosts compression, which can slightly improve the vehicle’s acceleration, as well as overall operation. Lastly, an oil change service will help remove deposits and build-up that can reduce the efficiency of your engine, clearing the path for your engine to run at its best.

What does a full-service oil change consist of?

A professional, full-service oil change involves a lot more than just putting fresh, new oil into your vehicle’s engine. When you bring your vehicle in for an oil change, the mechanic will also be providing valuable additional services that will help keep your car, truck, or SUV running safely and optimally.

During a full-service oil change here at Gaynors Automotive, your mechanic will:

  • Drain the old, dirty engine oil from the bottom of the engine.
  • Remove the old, dirty oil filter.
  • Install a new, clean oil filter.
  • Refill the engine with the proper amount of new Valvoline oil. (See above for the different types of motor oil available.)
  • Rotate your vehicle’s tires, upon request.
  • Lubricate high-wear areas like the chassis, door hinges, and hood.
  • Inspect the level and condition of the other system fluids, including the brake fluid, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid.
  • Top off the windshield washer fluid and coolant if needed.
  • Check the tires’ air pressure and adjust as needed.
  • Inspect the lights, battery, wiper blades, belts, and hoses.
  • Check the engine air filter and the in-cabin filter.
  • Inspect the vehicle’s brake system, suspension system, and other system components.

Both lubricating high-wear areas and the inspection of the rest of the vehicle can help save you lots of problems down the road. Lubricating your chassis helps keep the suspension and steering components protected and the inspection can catch any small issues within other vehicle systems that need to be addressed. These things help keep your vehicle operating at its best and prevent small issues from becoming much bigger and more expensive problems.

Schedule an appointment at your closest Gaynors Automotive location today to get the top oil change in Vancouver and keep your engine running in optimal condition.

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How long does an oil change take?

In general, for the service itself, an oil change will typically take about 30 to 45 minutes. Compared to other vehicle maintenance services, bringing your vehicle in for an oil change is an easy time commitment.

A full-service oil change will typically also involve other routine inspections and minor maintenance tasks. So, for example, lubricating the chassis, checking the tire pressure, rotating tires, and checking the vehicle fluids will take a little bit more time.

Another factor in how long an oil change service will take is the specific kind of vehicle that is being serviced. Many vehicles have an oil drain plug and oil filter that are easily accessible on the bottom of the vehicle, but this is not true for all cars. If your vehicle’s drain plug is less accessible, the oil change may take a little bit longer to do.

It is always a good idea to schedule an appointment for a specific day and time to bring your vehicle to an auto repair shop for an oil change. Then you won’t have to add any additional time needed due to waiting for the mechanic to even be able to get to your vehicle if you just walk in.

How long can I drive without an oil change?

For a long time, the general suggestion was that vehicles should not go more than 3,000 miles without an oil change. But, as vehicle technology/manufacturing and oil technology have improved over the years, engines can often now go longer than that before the oil becomes too dirty and can no longer perform its job effectively.

A typical vehicle on the road today can usually go anywhere from 5,000 miles to 7,500 miles before needing an oil change service. However, many vehicles that use full synthetic engine oil won’t need an oil change until every 10,000 miles to 15,000 miles.

If you are frequently towing heavy loads or constantly driving in stop-and-go traffic, you’ll likely need to reduce the intervals between oil changes. The specific type of engine, local climate, and the quality of the engine’s fuel management system all impact a vehicle’s recommended oil change interval as well.

Keep in mind that most modern cars have a built-in, computerized oil life monitor. So, check and see if your vehicle does. This feature monitors the number of vehicle startups, what temperature the vehicle was started at, how long the engine idles, etc. All of this information is factored in and the vehicle will alert you when it is time for an oil change. This takes the guesswork out of how long your vehicle can go before the next oil change.

If you do not have routine oil changes done as recommended, the engine oil will eventually become a thick, tar-like sludge. This will clog up engine components and can even lead to your engine totally seizing up, which would mean a very expensive replacement.

What does it cost to change an oil filter?

When you take your vehicle in for a professional oil change service, the cost of replacing the oil filter is included in the cost of the service.

The oil filter should always be replaced during each oil change. Replacing the oil but not the old filter can mean that any dirt or debris picked up by the oil as it circulates through the engine will not be filtered out. This would lead to a need for an oil change much sooner than usually necessary.

So, that is why changing the oil filter is included in a full-service oil change. The combination of fresh, clean oil and a new, clean oil filter helps ensure that your engine is as protected as possible.

What’s the difference between synthetic blend and full synthetic?

The two biggest differences between these oils are how they are made and what they are made of. Full synthetic oil is entirely created in a lab, highly refined, and does not contain any crude mineral oil. Since the manufacturing process is extremely controlled, the oil molecules in full synthetic oil are much more uniform in size and shape.

Alternatively, synthetic blend oil is a mixture of synthetic oil and conventional oil, containing a small amount of crude mineral oil. The goal is to capture the best aspects of those two types of oil. Different synthetic blends will have different percentages of synthetic and conventional oil.

Full synthetic oils break down more slowly than conventional oils and will last much longer in your engine. Synthetic oil change intervals range from 6,000 to 10,000 miles, depending on the specific type of full synthetic oil and the vehicle.

A synthetic blend will provide more longevity than you’d typically see with a conventional oil but not as long as with full synthetic. Synthetic blend oil will usually last between 5,000 and 7,500 miles.

In terms of price, full synthetic oil will be the most expensive type of oil. A synthetic blend will be slightly cheaper, but will be more expensive than conventional oil.

An easy way to picture these different types of oils is:

  • Full synthetic oil = Best
  • Synthetic blend oil = Better
  • Conventional oil = Good

How much should an oil change cost in Vancouver?

The answer to this will largely depend on the type of vehicle and the particular auto service shop you go to.

The type of oil that is being used will also impact the price of an oil change service. For example, a full synthetic oil change will cost more than a conventional oil change. Also, consider that trucks (and some SUVs) use more oil than cars, so oil changes for those vehicles will naturally cost more.

In comparison to other vehicle maintenance and repair services, an oil change is one of the most affordable ways to help keep your vehicle running at its best and prevent further and more costly problems down the road.

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