How Long Does an Oil Change Take?
When an oil change is done correctly, it should only take about 30 to 45 minutes from start to finish. There's much more to this simple routine maintenance service than drivers in Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi may realize.
In this guide, we at Pat Peck Honda will give you a detailed run-down of the oil change process, the importance of oil changes, and how you can spot problems with your engine oil. Read ahead to learn more about one of the most important fluids in your vehicle!
The Oil Change Process
As we mentioned before, the oil change process is fairly simple. The process will start with the technician checking the current oil in your tank. More times than not, the oil will show signs of being dirty. This dirty oil will be completely drained from your engine system and disposed of.
Once all of the oil, dirty oil is out of your engine system, the technician will replace it with new oil that fits the needs of your vehicle and driving style. Not every vehicle uses the same type of oil but determining the type you need is part of the oil change process.
After you have just enough new oil in your system, the service appointment will conclude with a brief but thorough visual inspection of your engine and oil system. This is to ensure there are no leaks or damage that needs to be taken care of before you leave.
The Importance of Oil Changes
Changing your oil every six months is integral to the functionality of your vehicle. When your engine oil becomes too dirty, it can't do its job. When your vehicle's engine oil can't function properly, neither can your engine.
The oil in your vehicle is designed to do several important jobs that make it easy for other parts of the vehicle, like the engine, to do their jobs. The engine oil is in charge of lubricating the many moving parts that make up your engine. It also keeps them clean - when the oil glides over the parts during lubrication, it picks up dirt, grime, and other build-up.
How to Spot Engine Oil Problems
Following a regular oil change schedule will usually prevent any problems that can potentially occur with your engine and its surrounding systems. However, problems can occur. Luckily, they're fairly easy to spot when you know what you're looking for.
If your engine oil is experiencing a problem, you'll probably experience some of these common symptoms:
- Oil warning on the dashboard is on
- "Check engine" dashboard light comes on
- Knocking sounds coming from under the front hood
- Car won't start or sputters and shuts off
- Smell of burning oil
These symptoms are indicative of serious problems that should be looked at by a professional as soon as possible.
Ready for Your Next Oil Change?
If it's time for your next regular oil change or you've got something going on under the hood, we at Pat Peck Honda are here to help. Drivers in the Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi areas can schedule a service appointment today by giving us a call at our service center!