Service • Oil Changes
Oil breakdown occurs when the major properties of the oil have changed due to oxidation, deposits, thermal degradation, corrosion, shearing and contamination.
This reduces the oil’s ability to perform its primary functions of reducing friction, dissipating heat, preventing corrosion and keeping the engine clean.
Engine oil is the lifeline of your vehicle. It lubricates the parts of your engine that need it, and your engine doesn’t run efficiently if the oil in it isn’t clean, not to mention that oil eventually burns off completely, causing damage to your engine and costing a significant amount of time and money to repair.
You want your car to always be there for you. To help maintain the life of your engine it is important to consult your owner’s manual for specifics regarding maintenance and scheduling:
- Have the oil and oil filter changed as recommended in your owner’s manual
- Use the oil viscosity grade and type specified for your vehicle
We recommend 3000 to 5000 miles depending on oil types.
A tune up generally includes replacement of several parts on your car. These parts may seem superficial, but failing to replace them regularly can cause decreased performance in your car, and may even lead to other problems. A tune up should involve replacing the air filter, replacing spark plugs, distributor cap and rotor. A tune up can also include replacement of the spark plug wires, fuel filter, PCV valve oxygen sensor.
Symptoms of an out-of-tune engine are listed below. If your symptoms are frequently, it is likely your engine needs some sort of tune up.
- Idles fast when warm
- Low power
- Idles rough
- Knocking or pinging
- Hard to start
- Rough running
- Engine runs on with key off
- Black exhaust
It is a good idea to check the owner’s manual or check with your technician to see what maintenance is recommended for your tune-up on your vehicle.