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4 Common Questions about Oil Changes

Technician_Car_26All drivers know vehicles require an oil change at regular intervals, but are you aware of what’s involved in this service or why it’s an important part of preventive maintenance? Jiffy Lube is here to help answer these questions and provide oil change service for your vehicle.

What is an oil change?

A Southern California oil change from your local Jiffy Lube is preventive maintenance to help keep engines running smoothly. With every signature oil change, our technicians

  • Change the oil and oil filter according to vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Check and fill tire pressure and essential fluids, including transmission, differential, power steering, transfer case, windshield washer and more.
  • Inspect brake fluid, serpentine belts, wiper blades, coolant levels, engine air filtration system and exterior lights.
  • Clean exterior windows and vacuum the vehicle’s interior.

Why do I need an oil change?

Engine oil performs many jobs. It lubricates moving metal parts and reduces friction and heat to prevent wear. While circulating through the engine, it absorbs heat and whisks away contaminants that are deposited into the oil filter or held in suspension to avoid damage. Over time, the oil filter and circulating oil becomes saturated and contaminants fall out of suspension, resulting in engine deposits or sludge. Moreover, motor oil degrades over time, reducing protection from heat and wear.

What type of oil do I need?

Although some vehicle manufacturers require the use of synthetic oil, most of the time, the choice is up to you. When deciding between synthetic or conventional oil, consider your personal driving style, habits, and preferences. Synthetic is engineered to last longer between oil changes and stays cleaner due to greater durability at higher temperatures. Conventional oil works well for driving shorter distances and lower speeds. Less expensive than synthetic oil, conventional oil has to be changed more frequently so costs may be about even in the long run. Check your vehicle owner’s manual for guidelines on the type of oil best for your vehicle.

Do I really need an oil change every 3,000 miles?

Motor oil technology has changed—today’s oils are superior lubricants, so modern vehicles may not require oil change services every 3,000 miles. Jiffy Lube suggests following manufacturer recommendations for optimum oil change intervals while keeping in mind that personal driving style, local air quality, and type of oil used will affect how often your vehicle needs this important service.

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