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Changing your car’s motor oil regularly is one of the best ways to extend engine life and improve performance. When the oil is changed according to the manufacturer, the fuel efficiency of your car is preserved, harmful contaminants are removed, and you can ensure that your Jeep or FIAT runs smoothly. Our professional service department at Premier Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM FIAT of New Orleans is ready to help you will all your oil change and maintenance needs.
Oil is designed to deal with dirt, dust, and small amounts of water from the engine heating and cooling. When the oil breaks down over time, it loses its effectiveness and cannot protect the engine properly. The amount that the car is driven determines the number of contaminants that enter the oil. The more a vehicle is driven, the more the level of dirt and water increases. An oil filter is in charge of removing these particles as the oil passes through, but over time oil starts to degrade as the additives are used up. Once the additives are gone, and the oil becomes over-run with contaminants, the oil can no longer do its job and must be changed.
Typically found in your car’s owner’s manual, the oil in your car should be changed as often as suggested by the manufacturer. Some cars have sensors that track driving temperatures and driving hours that are used to calculate the oil’s condition and give alerts when it is time to have the oil changed. Professional service technicians can also estimate how long your current oil change will last, and when you should get the next one. Before fuel-delivery systems were improved, vehicles needed their oil changed close to 3,000 miles. Today, a car can go 7,500 to 10,000 in between oil changes.
Take a look at your car’s owner’s manual for the kind of oil the manufacturer recommends for your vehicle. From there you can determine if your car needs high mileage oil, high-performance, or synthetic oil. High mileage oil is for cars and trucks that have over 75,000 miles. If you do a lot of city driving, then high-performance oil would be best for your vehicle. Climate also plays a part in the type of oil that should go into your car. If you live in a colder climate then synthetic is the way to go since synthetic oil can improve performance and durability in high or low temperatures.
Oil levels should be checked in between oil changes to ensure that your vehicle does not have a leak or other problems. Service technicians normally recommend using the dipstick to check the oil at least once a month. Your car should be parked on even ground and turned off for a significant amount of time before the levels of oil are checked. Pay attention to the color of the oil as well. If it appears milky or light then there may be some kind of leak. If this occurs then schedule service right away.