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While your Ford owner’s manual contains a range of information about your vehicle that includes a suggested oil change schedule and advice about oil weight, there are other ways to tell when it’s time to change your oil. Here at Landers McLarty Ford of Fort Payne, our technicians are here to assist you in ensuring your oil is clean and keeping your car running like new. To learn more continue reading.

Types of Oil and When to Change

Synthetic oil can extend the time between changes, but even with the extra miles, you’ll want to perform a check of your oil if the check engine light illuminates. Triggered by low oil levels, among other issues, it’s a warning you won’t want to ignore. Your engine can’t perform properly without the right amount of oil, and if it’s not the time for a change according to your mileage, this might indicate your system has a leak that needs to be addressed immediately.

In addition to showing oil amount, a dipstick check also provides information about how much dirt has accumulated in your oil. It may start out a clear, honey-colored fluid, but circulating through your engine keeps your oil busy carrying away microscopic metal shards that slough off of engine parts as they move. This mixture can act like fine sandpaper, wearing down precision-machined engine parts. Dirty oil is a good indication that it’s time for an oil change.

The lubrication oil provides also helps to keep your engine running quietly. If you hear increased knocking sounds from your engine, this could indicate a lack of vital lubrication. You’ll want to bring your vehicle in for an oil change to avoid causing engine damage. If you notice smoke coming from your tailpipe, you may have an oil leak that is burning excess oil, another condition that needs immediate attention.

Visit Landers McLarty Ford of Fort Payne for help with important maintenance needs like oil changes, replacing your oil filter and other tasks that will keep your engine performing efficiently. We use Ford recommended parts and our technicians are fully trained in the specifics of your vehicle’s model so you can rest assured that your Ford is receiving the best care.

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