Check the owner's manual to see if your driving habits are
considered to be "severe service." This type of driving requires
more frequent oil changes, warns the Car Care Council. Have the
oil changed accordingly, usually every 3-5,000 miles. For less
wear and tear on the engine, drivers in cold climates
driving temperatures) should drop their oil weight from
10-W30 to 5-W30.
Description: The typical oil filter consists
of a high-strength steel housing containing various types of
filtering media. An anti-drainback valve prevents oil from running
out of the filter when the engine is off. Today's oil filters have
a convenient spin-on design that makes removal and installation
Purpose: The oil filter sifts out
contaminants, allowing the oil to flow through the engine
unrestricted. Should the oil filter become restricted or clogged
with contaminants, they will flow around the filter. This
bypassing is a safety mechanism, but you never want to let oil and
filter changes go so long that bypassing takes place.
DID YOU KNOW?
The most important thing you can do to keep your vehicle
running for a long time is to change your oil on schedule.
With a full service oil change, your other fluids are checked and topped off
so you don't run into problems from low fluids. Our ASE
certified technicians at Automotive Specialty Services in Avon
may see a developing problem and will remind you of any other
recommended maintenance that your car or light truck may need.
Maintenance Tips/Suggestions: For best results, consult your owner's manual, but consider that your driving
probably constitutes a severe maintenance schedule. Usually, this means oil and filter changes every 3,000 miles
or 3 months.
An oil change at your local Avon Ohio auto shop:
Sounds simple, but there’s some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge.
Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly. Literally – petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil
from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely. And that means expensive engine
That’s why you need to change the oil and oil filter on
schedule – to get the old oil out before it turns to
sludge. Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how
many miles you can go between oil changes. They also usually
have a number of months between recommended oil changes. That’s
because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down
Your owner’s manual will have a
recommendation for time and mileage, but you need to remember
that it’s based on using the recommended weight of oil. And if
your vehicle came from the factory with
synthetic oil, the recommended intervals assume you continue
to use synthetic.
Also how you drive around the
Avon Ohio area
can have a big effect. Most owner’s manuals will have a list of
driving conditions that are harder on your vehicle.
Things like stop and go driving in North Ridgeville, short trips to
Cleveland, driving in very hot or very cold weather, heavy loads
and towing. If some of your driving fits this, you may need to
change your oil and do other maintenance on a shorter schedule.
This may sound complicated. Some
vehicles in Lorain County Ohio have an oil life calculator that
takes all of these factors into account and tells you when you
should change your oil. Otherwise, talk with your Avon Ohio
advisor at Automotive Specialty Services about how you drive and get
their recommendation for when to take care of your service.
Finally, if any of the steering or
suspension parts can be lubed, your technician at Automotive
Specialty Services will take care of that with a
lube, oil and filter service.
Cheaper to Change Your Oil than to Change Your Engine!
Services is a full service auto repair facility located at 1049 Center
Road just south of the tracks in Avon. We repair and maintain cars and
light trucks of all makes and models. We pride our self on our hassle free
service providing FREE loaner vehicles while yours is serviced, FREE
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surrounding communities in Lorain County Ohio.