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When, Where, How and Why to Change Your Vehicle's Oil

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When, Where, How and Why to Change Your Vehicle's Oil

The Car Care Council reminds motorists that basic vehicle maintenance is an easy, inexpensive way to prolong the life of vehicles and avoid costly repairs down the road.

"When thinking about vehicle maintenance, regular oil changes likely come to mind first," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "A quick review of the why, when, where and how of changing your vehicle's oil is a good way to see the value of basic auto care."

Why
Motor oil lubricates the moving parts in your engine, preventing wear by keeping the engine clean, removing contaminants and regulating engine temperature to prevent overheating. Neglecting to check and change your vehicle's oil can lead to expensive repairs, including engine failure.

When
Check your vehicle owner's manual; most will recommend changing the oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. However, other factors such as harsh weather conditions, driving in stop-and-go traffic or on dusty/dirt roads, towing a trailer, driving at high speeds and the age of your vehicle can all bring down this time interval, making it a safe bet to have the oil checked at the lower end of the recommended interval.

Where
An oil change performed by a professional technician is a quick, low-cost vehicle service. When taking your car in for maintenance or repairs, be sure that the shop employs ASE certified technicians. ASE certification means that the technicians take their training seriously and have passed tests to demonstrate their skills.

How
Do-it-yourselfers can access the Car Care Council's website for an instructional video by Driverside on how to change your vehicle's oil.

To help drivers "be car care aware," the Car Care Council has many free tools available at www.carcare.org, including a free 80-page Car Care Guide and a customized service schedule with email reminders to make it easy to follow a routine auto care program.

Source: Car Care Council

What People Say About Us

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    , 10/05/2021

    They did an amazing job on my exhaust system. really friendly an very honest. I highly recommend.

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    , 10/01/2021

    Yesterday, I called this auto shop, and Christine was very helpful in providing some requested information. As a result, I decided to come in to have my car fixed here. I really appreciated James' and her transparency and helpfulness. They met me where I am. I could tell they are honest people seeking to perform an honest day's work. They exemplify the spirit of the American entrepreneur/small business owner, and I walked away as feeling like a human being. I would definitely recommend supporting this business.

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    , 07/01/2021

    We were passing through and the muffler started sounding really bad. It was 20 mins to closing before a four day holiday weekend. We were in and out and had our broken muffler fixed by the owner free of charge. Thank you!

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    , 05/03/2021

    We were on a road trip when we found that someone had attempted to steal our catalytic converter. We called Major Muffler and they got us right in and 30 minutes later we’re back on the road. We were so grateful! We recommend Major Muffler very highly .

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    , 05/03/2021

    I have an old suv. James and his crew have always been patient, professional, and have gone the extra mile. They provide top notch service and knowledge of all car systems. They do a lot more than mufflers. I highly recommend Major Muffler, and will continue to use them should the need arise. If you need auto repair please support this local business.

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    , 04/12/2021

    Customer service was fast and vary friendly and the information wasn't forced it fel like a real conversation and everything I had done looks amazing and sounds amazing that major muffler!

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