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THE LIFEBLOOD OF THE ENGINE

WHAT IS AN OIL CHANGE ALL ABOUT?

Engine oil is the lifeblood of the engine. The oil resides in the oil pan, which is under the car attached to the bottom of the engine. All internal (moving) parts of the engine need to be lubricated by the engine oil. Inadequate lubrication will cause the parts to wear out faster and eventually lead to engine failure. An oil filter keeps the oil clean and free of debris. If the filter is not replaced on a regular basis, it will get clogged and will not be able to pass oil into the engine.

Keep in mind:

• When the oil is changed you should always replace the oil filter.
• Replacement oil should always match the required specifications for your vehicle.
• After your oil has been changed, it’s a good idea to run the vehicle for a few minutes to make sure that there are no leaks.

Our recommendation:

It is best to follow the maintenance schedule provided by the manufacturer (you can check your schedule in your owners manual).

• We recommend replacing the oil and filter every 10 000 kilometers or six months.
• Synthetic oil (versus regular) is cost effective. It’s lubrication properties are better and you will not need oil changes as frequently.
• If you notice any fluids in your driveway, you should get your vehicle inspected immediately.
• Do not drive your car with low engine oil. It can severely damage the engine.

What are the common symptoms indicating you need an oil change?

• The amount of time since your last oil change exceeds the recommended kilometers.
• Maintenance light is on.

How important is this service?

Regular oil changes are generally considered the most important maintenance service for your car. To avoid severe engine damage, this simple and inexpensive service should be regularly scheduled.

WHY CHOOSE US

We offer a full range of workshop services to vehicle owners in Nowra and the South Coast region. We can help you with everything from an oil change to an engine change. We can handle any problem on both foreign and domestic vehicles.

  • We make auto repair more convenient for you
  • We are a friendly and professional group of people
  • We handle a wide range of car services
  • Same day service for most repairs and maintenance
  • We get the job done right — the first time

POPULAR QUESTIONS

  • HOW IMPORTANT AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY OIL?

    You should change your oil and filter at or before the end of oil-change intervals indicated by your vehicle manufacturer. These are based on distance travelled or time. Regular oil changing helps to keep your engine oil in good condition and provide the best protection for all of your engine components.

  • WILL I NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE IF I DONT MAKE FREQUENT OIL CHANGES?

    Not changing your oil on a regular basis can significantly reduce the level of protection provided against engine wear. Engine oil acts as a reservoir for all kinds of by-products that form when the fuel burns, including soot, sludge, water and acidic material, as well as unburned and partially burned fuel. At the same time, the stress placed on the oil during engine operation gradually depletes the components that determine the oil’s performance. Refreshing the oil on a regular basis ensures that the right balance of components is present in the oil.

    It also removes waste materials that might otherwise result in increased deposit formation, corrosion of metal components and increased wear.

  • WHY NOT JUST KEEP TOPPING UP THE OIL?

    Simply topping up your oil puts more stress on the older oil that remains in the engine. And this stress issue has become worse in recent years as lighter, modern engines now run with about 25% less oil in their sumps. Shell Helix oil has a powerful ability to help clean up your engine components and continues to help keep engines clean through to the next oil change.

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