Our team at Watermark Nissan of Marion put together the following guide to routine oil changes to help drivers like you around Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL, give your car the care it deserves. As you read ahead, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have along the way!

Oil Change Intervals

A few different factors like your specific model, the type of oil you use, and the driving conditions you operate in impact how often you should change your oil. To be sure, check the recommended maintenance schedule in your owner's manual.

Although some vehicles may require an oil change between about every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, some may be able to travel up to 15,000 miles before needing an appointment. 

What Do Oil Changes Do?

Simply put, the oil in your engine keeps it clean and running smoothly. However, over time, dirt and debris build-up inside the engine. That's why regular oil changes are so important. Here are few things oil changes do for your car:

  • Ensures engine lubrication
  • Keeps the engine cool
  • Improves efficiency

When the engine oil becomes dirty with particulate matter, there's more friction between the components. This results in higher temperatures that wear out the parts quicker.

By bringing your vehicle in for every recommended oil change, you ensure your engine has the conditions it needs to perform at its best for miles to come.

Checking Your Oil

Clean, fresh oil is amber or a yellowish-brown color and is somewhat translucent. Once it fills with build-up, the oil turns dark and thick.

Before checking your oil, be sure to read the instructions in your owner's manual. For most vehicles, though, wait until the engine has cooled and that your vehicle is parked on an even surface.

Turn off the car, open the hood, and pull out the dipstick. Then, use a towel to wipe it off completely before reinserting it all the way down. Each car is different but there will be an indicator on the dipstick to show the correct oil level. If an adjustment is needed, you can top off your engine oil.

Signs It's Time to Schedule Oil Change

As the oil in your engine becomes older, it can't lubricate or keep things cool as well. Without proper lubrication, the different components are at a higher risk of becoming damaged. When this happens, your car may show signs that indicate it's time for your next oil change appointment.

One tell-tale sign is when the check engine or oil change light appears and remains on your dashboard. A few of the other key signs to watch out for include the following:

  • Strange noises from the engine
  • Dark or dirty oil
  • Oil smell in the cabin
  • Extra or unusual exhaust smoke

These signs may indicate an oil leak, an issue with a specific part, or a need for fresh oil. If you've been putting excessive mileage on your car or are preparing to take a long road trip, you may want to consider getting an extra oil change sooner.

Our expert service technicians can diagnose and fix whatever comes up. In general, oil changes only take between 15 and 45 minutes, so you'll be back behind the wheel in no time! 

Schedule Your Next Oil Change Today

If you think your car is due for an oil change, contact us at Watermark Nissan of Marion today. Schedule your next oil change service appointment with us near Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, Illinois!

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