Oil Change Service Is It Necessary?

Oil Change Service in Melbourne

Oil change serviceOil change service is a vital part of maintaining your vehicle properly and preventing any unexpected need for car repair. Oil change service is comprehensive preventive maintenance to check, change, inspect, flush, fill and clean essential systems and components of your vehicle.

More than anything, the basic oil change service is a great way to connect with your vehicle and take some control over its maintenance. If you drive a new vehicle, the old days of putting a small sticker on the inside of your windshield as a reminder of when your vehicle is due for an oil change are over. A regular oil change is the single best thing for your engine.

Since every change oil service can be costly and have it accomplished several times in a year can cause a serious dent to your hard earned savings.

Here is a video that explains the importance of oil change for your car.

Do You Really Need to Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles?

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No, you don’t, according to every auto manufacturer we’ve talked to. The main advocates of the 3,000-mile oil change schedule are those who would profit by it: repair facilities, quick-lube chains and service departments at some new-car dealers.

Years ago it was a good idea to change the oil and filter frequently, but because of advances in engine materials and tighter tolerances, as well as the oil that goes into engines, most manufacturers recommend intervals of 7,500 miles or more.

Ford, Volkswagen and Porsche, for example, recommend oil changes every 10,000 miles. So does Toyota on several engines, including the Prius’ 1.8-liter four-cylinder and the Camry’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder. BMW says owners can go up to 15,000 miles between oil changes (with synthetic oil).

The intervals vary by manufacturer and engines, so consult your owner’s manual or maintenance schedule to see how often to change the oil in your vehicle and what type of oil to use. You may be surprised. We were surprised to learn that the Camry’s 2.5-liter engine requires 0W20 synthetic oil, for instance.

Manufacturers suggest you change oil more often for “severe” driving conditions, such as frequent trailer towing, extensive stop-go driving or idling in traffic, driving in extreme heat or cold, or frequent short-distance driving in which the engine doesn’t reach full operating temperature.

Some car companies, Ford and General Motors among them, equip most vehicles with oil life monitors that tell you when it’s time to change the oil based on vehicle speed, engine temperature, climate conditions, number of cold starts and other factors. They can all cite examples from owners who say the oil-life monitors indicated they could go even longer than the recommended change intervals.

If you’re nervous about going 10,000 miles or more between oil changes, then do it every six months, when you probably should also have your tires rotated (also explained in your owner’s manual). GM says to change your oil at least once a year even if the service indicator warning light doesn’t come on. With longer recommended intervals between oil changes, it’s more important to check the oil level at least once a month to make sure you have enough.

But to change oil every 3,000 miles is probably wasting money. Environmentalists say it also adds to the glut of used oil that must be recycled or disposed, and the state of California is trying to discourage the practice.

If the guy at the quick-lube shop says he’s only trying to help you when he recommends frequent oil changes, consider this: It is not in the interest of an auto manufacturer for you to suffer premature engine failure caused by worn-out oil. If that happens, they might have to pay for repairs under warranty and probably will lose you as a customer. Yet, they’re the ones advising you to follow longer oil-change intervals.

We know a quality oil change is critical in saving you money and keeping you safe on the road – that is our goal at Paintless Dent Removal Melbourne and regular auto maintenance is part of the answer.

The following blog post Oil Change Service Is It Necessary? was first published on PDR Pros – Mobile Dent Repair in Melbourne, Victoria

Car Brake Repair Service Tips

Car Brake Repair Service in Melbourne

brake-serviceCar brake repair service is crucial because over time these parts wear out, causing dangerous safety hazards. If your vehicle is not equipped with warning lights to take notice if your brakes start to squeal, grind, slip or feel loose when you engage, these are warning signs that car brake repair service is needed.

Regular brake repair is an imperative when it comes to maintenance tune-ups and the upkeep of your car. Quality car brake repair service is the best way to ensure these faulty brakes don’t lead to other damage or worst.

Some common things to look for that will indicate the need for brake service sound like squealing, screeching, and grinding – anything that sounds like metal and metal. Regular oil and filter changes, PA inspections and emissions testing, and tire and brake service are the things you need to do to ensure that your vehicle is safe, reliable and running at its optimum performance level.

Check out this video on the basics of brake service.

Keep the Brakes working like New

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With owning a vehicle, you will want it to be in the best condition possible. This includes bringing the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. The brakes on your car are highly important to your safety as you are driving. The more often you are repairing or replacing the small components of your brakes, the more common it is that you will run into fewer problems with your overall braking system. If you notice an issue with the brakes while you are driving, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in. This can include any odd noises they make, if the brake pedal vibrates when you apply it, or if the vehicle pulls in one direction or the other when you use the brakes.

 

Knowing when to replace the brakes can be determined by how you drive. If you brake more often, you will wear out their brake pads faster. Make sure to inspect everything and you can replace the inexpensive brake pads rather than causing damage to the rest of the braking system. If you notice any noises, it could mean the brake pads are worn and are starting to cause friction with the brake rotors. Over time, the brake rotors will start to wear out.

 

As the brakes are applied, the brake pads will rub against the brake rotor to slow the vehicle down. If any parts are rusty, cracked, or worn out, they should be replaced as soon as possible so that the brakes work more efficiently. If you feel any vibrations when you apply the brake pedal, it could mean that the brake rotors are warped and should be replaced so further damage is not done.

 

If you ever notice an issue with the brake system, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. This way we can inspect the brake line, brake rotors, and brake pads to ensure they are operating at top performance levels. Having the brakes inspected will help you to improve the safety when you drive.

Whether you’re looking to get some major repairs done or just need a check-up, our brake service is fully equipped with the highest quality equipment for automotive brake repair, so you can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your brakes are in good hands. We understand that brake repair is a service you simply can’t skimp on, so we keep our rates reasonable while offering the professional repair work you deserve.

The following blog post Car Brake Repair Service Tips was first published on PDR Pros – Mobile Dent Repair in Melbourne, Victoria