Winter Oil Changes at Graff Mt. Pleasant Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac
Oil changes are one of the simplest routine maintenance items that can help extend the life of your vehicle. The purpose of oil is to lubricate the moving pieces of your engine and reduce heat and friction on those parts so that they do not wear out or warp. Unfortunately, oil loses its proper consistency over time, and if it isn’t changed every 3,000–5,000 miles it can become harmful for your vehicle. Oil changes are especially important during the winter months because the cold temperatures will naturally make your oil thicken. If your engine oil is already thick from use and debris, it can develop into a consistency too thick to properly lubricate the engine. With winter oil changes at Graff Mt. Pleasant Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, a professional technician can help identify when it’s time to change your vehicle’s oil by checking the oil level and color via your vehicle’s dipstick.
Signs Your Vehicle Needs an Oil Change this Winter
Oil helps lubricate your engine and will only work properly at the correct level of viscosity. Thin oil won’t protect your engine enough, while thick oil can clog your engine and won’t allow your car to start in the winter. A service technician will be able to determine if new oil is needed. Oil, over time, will also collect pieces of dirt and debris from the engine, which is why it needs to be changed regularly. Skipping oil changes can cause the engine to become too hot, work less efficiently, and cause engine components to warp/wear. If you notice any oil problems or leaks, don’t hesitate to contact the Graff Mt. Pleasant Service Center to get your car running efficiently again.
Signs your vehicle needs an oil change for winter include:
- Your oil warning light comes on – this normally means that you have low oil pressure in your engine and that the oil pump isn’t circulating enough oil to keep everything lubricated. If this warning light comes on, we recommend pulling off the road and turning the vehicle off as further driving could result in major engine damage. Give the vehicle some time to cool down and then bring it in for service as soon as you can.
- Your oil is black and gritty – Oil is supposed to have a honey brown color. If your oil has turned black and gritty this indicates that it has particles and contaminants in it and will begin to gunk and clog up your engine.
- Your oil level is low on the dipstick – your dipstick measures the volume of oil in your engine. So if the oil mark level is low (close to the end of the dipstick) then your oil volume is low and in need of replenishing.
- Your engine is louder than usual – This is another sign that is not to be ignored. If your engine sounds louder than usual, this likely means that you have very little oil left in your engine to lubricate it and all of the moving parts are now rubbing and grinding against each other.
- You can’t remember your last oil change – Thankfully, many auto service and auto change shops will put a sticker on the inside of your windshield that indicates the suggested date and mileage of your next oil change. If you don’t have one of those and aren’t sure then it’s probably time to come in for an oil change just to be safe. It’s better to get a quick, affordable oil change than have to suffer the cost of major engine damage.
Schedule Your Winter Oil Change Online at Graff Mt. Pleasant
If your vehicle is due for an oil change, you can schedule your winter oil change service online at Graff Mt. Pleasant. Our Certified Service Center has technicians to check and change your oil and suggest a date for your next oil change. Schedule your winter oil change service at Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant today! We proudly serve the Central Michigan and Mt. Pleasant area including, Clare, Alma, Big Rapids, St. Louis, Ithaca, and Midland. Call our Chevrolet store at 989-773-3937 or our Buick, GMC, Cadillac store at (989) 773-3917. You can visit our Dealership Service Center at 4580 E. Pickard Rd. or 116 N. Mission Street in Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858!