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Oil change 101: everything you need to know

If you could ask your car’s engine who its favourite person is, the answer would probably be John Ellis, inventor of modern engine oil (but we’re sure you’re a close second). That’s how important it is to include regular oil changes in your vehicle’s routine maintenance. In this post, our experts answer the four most common questions they’re asked about oil change services.


1. What’s an oil change?

Changing a car’s engine oil simply consists of getting rid of the old oil and replacing it with clean, new oil. When you take your car in for an oil change service, your engine’s oil filter will usually be replaced at the same time.


2. Why are oil changes important?

Oil is vital to an engine’s proper functioning. In addition to lubricating the engine’s components to reduce friction and diminish wear, it keeps them clean and protects them from moisture, corrosion and overheating. Over time (and as you rack up the miles on your odometer), the oil becomes contaminated, which prevents it from fulfilling its duties effectively. This means it’s time for a change.


3. When is the right time for an oil change service?

Once upon a time, oil changes had to be performed quite frequently. Today, technological advances have made it possible to wait a lot longer between oil change services. Depending on the number of kilometres you travel each year, an oil change every six months should be sufficient—which is why many Canadians kill two birds with one stone and have their oil changed at the same time as their seasonal tires. That being said, it’s always a good idea to consult your Auto Value expert mechanic to find out the ideal frequency for your car and driving habits.


4. How is an oil change done?

Changing a vehicle’s engine oil remains a complex task, which is why it’s always a good idea entrust the job to a professional mechanic. In addition to having access to a full range of products and tools, our experienced mechanics are able to offer advice regarding the filter, oil type, viscosity, etc. that’s best suited to your car. They can also quickly assess the overall condition of your vehicle for any signs of damage or wear. What’s more, at Auto Value we make a point of discarding expended engine oil in a safe, eco-conscious manner.


To have your next oil change performed by a knowledgeable expert, or for any other car maintenance needs you might have, make an appointment at one of our Certified Service Centers today.


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