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Oil Changes - Crucial to your car’s health

SPONSORED • Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 10:36 a.m. CST
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It’s easy to forget to change your oil.

If you have it done by your local auto service center, you know they put a sticker in the upper left corner of your windshield to remind you. Unfortunately, that little sticker doesn’t beep to tell you it’s time to change the oil, so you should check your oil level regularly.

Why?  Let your crankcase run dry and you’ll lock up your engine, which means thousands in repair.

It’s important to make changing your oil a regularly scheduled part of your car’s maintenance. Your owner’s manual or your auto service technician will tell you how often to change the oil and what type to use. There are several grades of motor oil, and you need to use the one that’s right for your vehicle.

Some vehicles have the oil type listed on the oil cap under the hood, and everyone, whether you’re a man or a woman, should know how to check their oil level. The dipstick has markings on it to tell you what level your oil is at. If it’s below the add-oil line, it’s time to add a quart or two.

The rule of thumb used to call for an oil change every 3,000 miles. Newer cars and improvements in oil formulas, however, have extended that to every 5,000 miles and higher in some vehicles. Oil is supposed to be a light color, so if it’s dark and sludgy, you need an oil change not matter how many miles it’s been since your last change.

Douglas Automotive, in Crystal Lake and Barrington, will change your oil and oil filter and check other things going on under the hood and under your car to make sure it’s running smoothly and prevent any problems down the road.

www.douglasautomotive.com | 123 E. Virginia Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60014 | 815.356.0440

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