Warranty Approved Oil Changes for All Makes & Models
Ensuring your vehicles oils are clean and topped up is a key practice to ensure the longevity of your automobile. Following your manufacturers recommended oil change schedule, as well as regular maintenance, helps keep your vehicle running smoothly whether it’s winter or summer. Unfortunately, this practice is often neglected by many automobile owners. Do you know how often your vehicle should be inspected or what exactly an oil change entails?
What Exactly is an Oil Change?
An Oil Change is a service that consists of draining the oil from a vehicle’s engine and replacing it with fresh new oil. Our Edmonton technicians also ensure your filter is cleaned and that everything in your vehicle is topped up and working as it should. Keeping clean oil in your engine is one of the most important things a car owner must do. It is critical to regularly have your vehicle’s oil changed to prevent any damage to the engine.
How Often Should I have my Oil Inspected?
It depends on how much you drive, what kind of conditions you drive in, and what kind of vehicle you own, and what type of oil you choose to use. Obviously the more often you change your oil the better, but this is not practical or economically feasible. The best approach is to ask our trusted technicians how often you should get an oil change next time you come in.
What Should be Inspected During an Oil Change?
Our expert technicians here at Edmonton Tirecraft will fully inspect all your automobiles oils and engine including:
- Oil Filter Replacement – A key component of your engine. This filter traps particles of debris in the engine oil and keeps the oil clean. An oil filter is replaced with every oil change.
- Air Filter Inspection – The Air Filter provides clean air to your automobile’s air induction system. A dirty or plugged air filter can cause your car to idle or run poorly, reducing gas mileage. The air filter keeps dust and debris out of your engine and prevents potential damage.
- Power Steering Fluid Inspection – Power steering fluid helps to assist with steering the vehicle. If you hear a whining noise from your engine when you steer side-to-side, your fluid may be low or of the incorrect type.
- Transmission Fluid Inspection -Incorrect fluid level or dirty/contaminated fluid can cause major problems to your transmission. It is crucial to have the correct fluid level and to have it serviced according to the vehicle manufacturer.
- Brake Fluid Inspection – The hydraulic fluid that applies your brakes is very important. Having clean brake fluid will prolong the life of the hydraulic brake components on your vehicle. Brake fluid is also hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs water over time. Water contaminated fluid can freeze in the winter and can boil during the summer. Both of these conditions can be unsafe.
- Antifreeze/ Engine Coolant Inspection – Your vehicle needs antifreeze to prevent engine block freezing during cold weather. It also helps to cool the engine when it gets up to operating temperature, preventing overheating.
- Windshield Washer Fluid/ Wiper Blades Inspection – Windshield washer fluid allows you to clean your windshield while driving. Having ample fluid is important, as well as having good wiper blades that do not leave streaks on the windshield.
- Cabin Filter Inspection – The Cabin air filters clean the air inside your vehicle by removing dust and pollens from entering the cabin and car. Air that comes through the ventilation, air-conditioning as well as the heating system passes through the filters. If your car has an unpleasant smell that refuses to quit, or if your fans are noisy and inefficient, you may need a cabin filter replacement.
- Tire/ Tire Pressure Inspection – To have the best possible ride and fuel mileage, your tires must have the correct pressure. Many modern vehicles have sensors equipped to monitor tire pressure. It is also important to have all the tire pressure sensors working properly.
- Exterior Lights Inspection – The exterior lights on your vehicle are there to help you see the road ahead of you, and to let other drivers around you know your intentions.
- Serpentine/ Drive Belts Inspection – The belt(s) on your vehicle is there perform a few important tasks. They drive your alternator, power steering pump, A/C compressor and possibly your water pump. A worn out belt can make annoying squealing noises and can potentially break. In most cases, a broken belt will leave you stranded on the side of the road, and likely require an expensive tow truck to have the problem resolved.
We inspect these items as part of our oil change service because we want to ensure the safety of all our customers! Your safety is our top priority.
If it’s been too long since your last oil service inspection or if you are having performance issues contact Edmonton Tirecraft Auto Service to book your oil change today!