How to Know Your Vehicle Needs an Oil Change

August 31st, 2019 by

The oil cap inside of a car

Everyone wants their vehicle to be able to last, running with reliability and efficiency. INFINITI of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida, understands that your INFINITI needs regular maintenance to stay in its best shape, and they offer top assistance to make sure your vehicle’s quality is preserved. The first tangible way to do this is to choose an INFINITI oil change, and follow our guide below to recognize signs your vehicle needs an oil change.

How to Know Your Vehicle Needs an Oil Change

Increased Engine Noise

Oil keeps all the parts of your engine running smoothly, acting as a lubricant. When the oil becomes old or low-quality, your engine is not properly lubricated and does not run as efficiently as it could. If your engine is doing too much work to compensate for poor oil, you might hear increased amounts of noise, such as ticking sounds, coming from your engine. This could indicate it is time to replace your oil. 

More Mileage Than Usual

On average, you should change your oil between every 3,000 and 10,000 miles, but it varies based on the vehicle you drive, and how far you usually travel in it. If you return from a long trip and put more mileage on your vehicle than usual, it may be best to take your vehicle in for an oil change.

Check Engine or Oil Change Light

This is the most obvious indication your car could need an oil change. The warning oil change light means there’s not enough oil in the vehicle. If the check engine light goes on, conditions may be worse and an oil change may be more necessary. It is important to keep maintenance up on your car to avoid this progression, which can lead to long-term damage.

Oil appears silty or dark in color

Over time, oil gets darker and more opaque as it degrades. Test your oil once a month by removing the dipstick, wiping it off, and returning it to the oil reservoir. Then, remove the dipstick a second time to see the color and translucency of your oil. If particles are floating in the oil or the oil on the dipstick is dark in color, it’s time for an oil change.

Low Oil Level

If your vehicle’s oil levels in its reservoir read below the minimum, you should bring your vehicle in for service as soon as possible. Driving with low levels of oil can lead to long-term damage and increase the risk of breaking down, especially in hot weather.

Next Steps: Visit INFINITI of the Palm Beaches for Service

Schedule an appointment at the INFINITI Service Center in West Palm Beach, Florida to check in with the specialists there, who personally know the ins and outs of your vehicle, and can help you keep up on its maintenance. These experienced service experts are dedicated to keeping your INFINITI in its best shape, whatever way they can, whether it’s performing oil changes, brake maintenance, tire service, or battery service. Visit today to begin a regular maintenance schedule that will keep your INFINITI running at top efficiency and reliability.