Automotive Oil Changes
Our mechanics recommend that frequent automotive oil changes are the best investment in the longevity of your car’s engine that you can make. Best practices are actually having oil changes more often than many manufacturers. Their recommendations are based on the annual cost of ownership vs. what is actually best for the car in the long run.
The biggest difference in how a vehicle functions 10 years into ownership is reflected in regular maintenance.
For example, the biggest cause of oil leaks is old oil. As oil ages it starts to degrade and eats away at the seals designed to keep the oil inside the engine eventually causing a leak. Degraded oil also loses some of its lubricating power so the internal components critical to proper operations are not protected as well from wear. That can lead to very costly repairs.
We’ve seen first-hand the difference between vehicles that has its oil changed every 3,000-5,000 miles VS 10,000-15,000 miles as many manufacturers now suggest. Take it from our trained automotive mechanics, the extra $100 for a more frequent oil change will pay you back thousands in the long run in fewer auto repairs.
At Alderwood Auto Repair, we use high quality oils and filters. We want things to last and that all starts with quality parts. There is a difference in oil and filters and we only use parts that meet the manufacturer recommendations that are unique to your vehicle.
What do you get with an oil change performed at Alderwood Auto Repair?
With each oil change we also perform a full visual inspection of your vehicle. This includes a test drive as well as checking:
- Fluid levels (including windshield washer fluid)
- Hoses and belts
- We look for any evidence of oil leaks
- Tire pressure
- Vehicle suspension
- Vehicle Brakes