Your car dashboard has that same annoying light again, it’s time for your six month, or 3,000 mile oil change. But do you really need an oil change? It’s not as if your vehicle is burning oil, in fact your car us running great, so why bother taking it to the mechanic and spending money just to change our your oil?
Why your vehicle needs an oil change?
Oil is the lifeblood of your engine, sure it burns fuel to go, but it bathes in oil to run smoothly. And just like a bath you would enjoy, draining the water in your tub and filling with fresh is pretty important. Otherwise, you (and in this example your engine) will start to get pretty nasty.
Oil serves a critical role in your vehicle’s health. Not only does it lubricate the moving parts of your engine, it also keeps your seals from drying and cracking and removes dirt and grime from your system. All that dirt and grime has to go somewhere and your oil system’s job is to bind to those little pieces of junk and keep them from doing harm. However, the oil in your car’s system can only handle so much before it starts becoming thick and gunky. When your oil starts getting dirty, and going from a golden clear color to a dark black hue, it can no longer efficiently keep your engine running smoothly and clean.
That’s where your regular oil changes come in, by removing the old contaminated oil and replacing with fresh keeps everything in your car running in top condition.
When does your vehicle need an oil change?
This is a very common question and one that will highly depend on your vehicles make and model. A large diesel engine will need a different oil change schedule than a small four cylinder commuter car. The best answer to how often you need to have an oil change is in your car or truck’s manual. However it is a good rule of thumb to change your oil every 3,000 – 5,000 miles or every six months.
Oil change frequency also depends on you driving conditions and habits. Remember oil’s job is to lubricate and sweep away dirt and grime, so if you’re driving in dusty/dirty conditions you will need to change more frequently than someone who simply drives highway conditions to and from work.
Lastly, the type of oil you use will dictate how often you visit the auto mechanic for a change. Sure, conventional oil is cheaper and what you may be used to, but it often doesn’t last as long and not as efficient in binding to dirt and impurities in your engine. Talk to your mechanic about switching to a synthetic oil that will offer better performance and last longer. In many cases, depending on your vehicle’s recommended service, an engine with synthetic oil may only need to have a change every 7,500 miles or more! Yes, it’s more expensive during the oil change but saves money over time with less frequent changes and better/longer engine life.
How do you change your oil?
To be honest oil changes are very easy and mechanics, such as the ones at Turn Key Automotive, will complete several in any given day and thousands each year. Many people try to change their own oil and you can too, after making sure you have the right tools, filters, replacement oil, and a plan for disposing of old oil. However even the most seasoned “car guys” will often bring their cars into the shop for a change.
Why? Well for the cost, only $24.99 for an oil change at Turn Key Automotive in Myrtle Beach, and just a half hour of time a certified mechanic can put your car on a lift, grab the needed oil and filters off the rack, drain and replace your oil, and dispose of your old oil properly. At the same time any good mechanic will also perform a multi-point inspection and filter check to ensure everything else on your vehicle is running as it should.
Ready to get your oil changed?
Hopefully you see why getting an oil change is so important. If that light on your dash is telling you it’s time, consider contacting the ASE certified auto mechanics at Turn Key Automotive. Before you call us, check our our car repair coupons and save on your next oil change!
Have more questions? Just call us at (843) 293-6793 and we can answer all your questions and make schedule an appointment that’s convenient to you.
Spring in Myrtle Beach can be tough on both a car’s exterior and interior. The ever changing weather can make the roads a mess and the arrival of the thick yellow pine pollen can make keeping your vehicle clean next to impossible.
So, now that the weather is getting nicer, the pollen is starting to subside, and beach season is right around the corner; how can you keep your car looking new? The team at Turn Key Automotive has the car care guide specifically for Myrtle Beach.
Exterior Car Care
No doubt that the springtime pollen and dust have been hammering the exterior of your car or truck. The solution, don’t worry so much about washing your car often since it’s only going to be covered in pollen again within hours. Instead, follow these two steps to keep your vehicle looking new in Myrtle Beach.
A Good Wash & Wax: Before the spring kicks in, make sure you have a good wash and wax and your finish is in the best shape possible. If you’re going to do the waxing yourself consider using your garage or other covered area. This will keep your vehicle cooler, and away from dust and debris that can easily get caught in your vehicles finish while you’re waxing.
Better yet, invest a bit of money to have a professional do the job. A good detail can cost upwards of $100, but will give you a professional look that is sure to impress.
From there, the pollen will often just blow right off when you drive, and if it doesn’t $5 and a quick drive through at a car wash will get you back to new in no time.
Lastly, one of the quickest ways to keep a car “looking” clean is keeping the tires shiny. Products like Meguiar’s Tire Shine or Black Magic are easy to spray on and will get your tires looking new. If you really need new tires, Turn Key Automotive can help there with our best prices on the top tire brands.
Interior Car Care
Pollen doesn’t stop at your exterior; it seems to infiltrate every square inch of your car here in Myrtle Beach. The solution, just like your exterior, a bit of preventative maintenance before spring can really help. While you are waxing your exterior, take sometime to condition your dashboard and seats. This will help make clean up a breeze later on. Then, one a week or so just wipe a clean damp cloth across your interior and you’re good to go. Better yet, Armor All interior wipes are an easy way to keep your interior looking beautiful.
Myrtle Beach can be tough on cars and if you are having any issues your team at Turn Key Automotive are here to help you with repairs both big and small. Can we help you, contact us today.