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3 Common Signs It’s Time for An Oil Change

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, consistent oil changes are essential to keeping your engine healthy and in good shape. Skipping oil changes can decrease performance and damage your engine. Life gets busy, but neglecting your regular oil changes may cost you more time and more money in the long run. If your car’s been acting unusual, pay close attention to the signs. Below are three common indicators it’s time to schedule an oil change. 

Low Oil 

If your oil is dangerously low, your vehicle can break down, and the engine can become permanently damaged. Engine oil keeps the engine’s hot moving parts lubricated and regulates the temperature. Without oil, friction can develop within the engine and cause it to smoke and overheat. In addition to low oil, you may also notice the consistency has diminished. The oil may appear dark and gritty, making it less effective. 

Unusual Engine Noises

Skipping oil changes will leave the engine with low, gritty oil. Old engine oil will lose its lubricating properties, leaving the engine parts overworked and unprotected. The lack of lubrication will cause the engine to overwork. You may be surprised by a sudden knocking or grinding sound. Pullover and reach out for professional attention to avoid long-term damage to your engine. 

Burning Smell

When you drive, does it smell like something is burning? Old dirty oil cannot adequately cool the engine. As the engine parts swiftly move and overwork themselves, a burning smell can become apparent. You may also notice an odor if there’s an oil leak. Oil leaks that fly under the radar can lead to costly repairs. If you notice the smell of burnt oil, reach out for a thorough inspection. 

Oil Change Service in Folsom, CA

Folsom Automotive Service is a family-owned repair shop that works on all vehicle makes and models with master technicians who specialize in Subaru, Honda, and Toyota. Our ASE Certified technicians are dedicated to providing honest and dependable maintenance and repairs to the Folsom community. 

If you notice any of the above signs, reach out to our dedicated service advisors, and we’d be happy to help. 

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