Quick Vancouver Oil Changes
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!
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.
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 Efficiency
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
Gaynor’s offers oil change coupons!
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.
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 the 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?
What Are the Advantages of Full Synthetic Oil Compared to the Other Types of Oil?
- 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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