The most elementary maintenance measures any vehicle needs to run smoothly and without any interruption is a routine oil change schedule. But, because oil changes are fairly uncomplicated and are generally not needed for months at a time, it is common for some drivers to put it off or forget this task.
Furthermore, your car may need more frequent oil changes as it gets old or increases in mileage or drives in more extreme climates. The need for oil changes can become different over time so it may be hard to keep a track on your regular car maintenance, however, now-a-days, new vehicles typically comes with a monitor that alert drivers about whether it’s time for an oil change or not.
For those who don’t have any alert system or are an owner of an old or used car how would you know if it’s been too long since your last oil change? We list five warning signs that should alert you to bring your vehicle into an auto shop to refresh the oil.
Vehicle Exhaust Abnormality
Modern vehicles usually do not release any conspicuous exhaust from their tailpipes, so if you notice what looks like smoke trailing behind your vehicle, this abnormality may indicate a serious issue. Oftentimes, excess exhaust might indicate that the motor’s oil has become too aged to function decently. Exhaust abnormalities may point to engine problems as well like cracked gaskets etc., so it might be in your best interest to have this anomaly checked out as soon as possible.
Falling of Oil Levels
Topping off your oil every so often may help in extending the period of time between oil changes. However, if you notice that oil level seems to fall quickly and constantly without any plausible reason, your oil system has likely developed a problem. In this particular situation, you may need additional repairs on top of an oil change.
Oil lubricates your engine so that less friction, consequently unnecessary heat, is produced and all the parts work together smoothly and without any complications. When you notice that oil has become thin, old, or poorly textured, you might face the abnormal noise issue every time you drive in your vehicle. If you face any such noise issue, better have your car checked by a professional.
Unconventional Oil Texture
Oil usually becomes darker as it runs through engines, so colour can’t always be considered a reliable indicator that you need an oil change. So, when you check your oil levels, check the consistency of oil as well. If you see that oil seems to have a lot of grit in it, you may need to replace it sooner rather than later.
Lower Oil Levels
You can top off between your subsequent oil change but you should pay extra attention to the level you find the reservoir at. If you notice the low level of oil, have your car serviced as soon as possible. Driving around with extremely low oil levels can cause permanent engine damage as well as increase your vehicle’s risk of stalling or breaking down in the middle of nowhere, especially in warm weather.