Oil changes are one of the most crucial elements to any vehicle's lifelong health and wellness. Regular oil changes ensure that your vehicle's engine can work seamlessly for all of its drives near Hilliard, Dublin, and Upper Arlington, OH. But do you know how an oil change is performed? Are you aware of the warning signs?

Our team at Buckeye Nissan is here to help you learn all about oil changes. Down below, we'll discuss how this simple maintenance is performed, what kind of oil is used, and how your vehicle will show you it needs an oil change. Let's get started.

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Time for an Oil Change?

When it's time for your vehicle's next oil change, you'll first set up an appointment with our service center. On the day of, you'll hand over the keys to your vehicle and one of our technicians will pull it into the shop.

From there, they'll drain out any sludgy oil left in the reserve as well as remove the dirty oil filter. Once the oil reserve is cleaned out of any debris or gunk, we'll cap it off with fresh oil and replace the oil filter. Before you head out, we'll do a thorough inspection to make sure everything looks primed and proper.

Why Are Oil Changes So Frequent?

Motor oil keeps your engine and its working parts lubricated. If you have oil changes performed regularly, your vehicle's engine will perform at optimal levels for many years to come. However, going without an oil change can cause an engine's performance to decrease and for more engine issues to arise.

What Kind of Oil Is Used?

This depends on your manufacturer's recommendation as well as your specific model. You can ask one of our technicians which oil they used on your vehicle. It'll most likely be one of these types:

  • Full Synthetic
  • Synthetic Blend
  • Conventional
  • High Mileage

What Happens to a Car When It Goes Without an Oil Change?

Because engine oil helps all parts of an engine work seamlessly together, you can expect certain engine parts to start malfunctioning when you've missed a couple oil changes. You may also notice these signs while you're driving:

  • Engine noise
  • Transmission issues
  • Persistent check engine light
  • Burning oil smell
  • Shaking while idling

If you've noticed any of the issues mentioned above, you may also become aware of these exterior signs:

  • Smoke coming from the exhaust-Typically, steam emits from your tailpipe. However, when smoke starts to spew out, this may point to a needed oil change.
  • Oil leaks-Ever notice an iridescent puddle under your vehicle? This is an oil leak. When you notice this puddle on your driveway or in a parking lot, we recommend bringing it in to our shop for further diagnosis.

If you've changed your own oil before, you're probably familiar with checking the oil and its quality. Next time you're under the hood and expect a needed oil change, you can look for these signs:

  • Gritty oil
  • Milky consistency
  • Low oil levels
  • Oil film throughout the engine compartment

Schedule an Oil Change Today!

When it's time for your next oil change, bring your vehicle in to Buckeye Nissan near Hilliard, Dublin, and Upper Arlington, Ohio, today.

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Buckeye Nissan

3820 Parkway Ln
Directions Hilliard, OH 43026

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