Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change

Oil Change


Oil changes are one of the single most essential elements to making sure that your vehicle is running smoothly, and you can consider oil to be like the lifeblood of your vehicle. When you know the signs you need an oil change, it can make it easier than ever to improve your vehicle’s performance. But how do you know when you need to change your oil? Well, the first step is to know that most oil changes should happen between 7,000 and 10,000 miles for the newest models. But it isn’t exactly set in stone; instead, it depends on your driving habits. Things such as how long since your last oil change, your mileage, weather conditions, and more can impact your oil. Learn more with the team at Brady Kilmury CDJR to find out how do you know when you need to change your oil before you head out to Birmingham, or you can contact us with any questions. 

Common Signs of Needing An Oil Change

Here are the most common signs that your car needs an oil change. If you spot any of these while driving around Hoover, go ahead and schedule a service appointment, so we can take care of it!

  • Engine noise: Your engine is expected to make a certain amount of noise when you’re driving, but if it suddenly becomes quite a bit louder than usual, it means that the oil isn’t able to properly lubricate it.
  • Ticking sound: In addition to increased engine noise, you might hear a ticking sound when driving if your oil needs to be changed. It means that your oil has an irregular texture and is taking longer than expected to circulate through the engine.
  • Improper texture or colors: Speaking of an improper texture, if you notice that your motor oil looks visibly different – say, overly dark or gritty – then that means it’s worn out and needs replacing. 
  • Check engine light: Your car’s check engine light can be illuminated by several different things. If your car doesn’t come with a specific oil change light, then you’ll see the check engine light come on when you need your oil replaced.
  • Irregular oil levels: Unusually low oil levels – or suddenly falling levels right after topping up – can indicate a leak somewhere in your oil system. If your oil levels seem strange or irregular, bring your car to a service center to have it inspected.
  • Frequent usage: If you drive your car a lot more frequently in a short time – say, for a long road trip – then your oil will be depleted when you get back and may need changing out or topping off.
  • Excess exhaust: If your oil is too old, it will emit thick exhaust from your car. If you start to see this, then it’s time to get your oil changed.

Get Your Oil Needs Met at Brady Kilmury CDJR

Now that you know how to tell if you need to an oil change, the next step is to schedule a service appointment at our center near Tuscaloosa. We’ll work with you to make sure that you’re getting all of your service needs met and you can enjoy our selection of service specials.


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