Oil plays a really important role in making sure that your engine and vehicle is working properly by helping to keep your engine healthy and optimising the movement of its parts. Knowing when to change your oil might seem like predicting which direction your cat will turn when it goes out the front door – the answer is that it will immediately turn around and want back in – but it’s actually fairly simple.
There are a few easy ways to know if your oil is in need of a change, and I’ll even help you out by telling you how to go about changing it too!
So, there are a few very simple symptoms of your oil needing a bit of a change. Here, are a few of the bigger ones:
- Increased engine noise
- Change in oil colour – fresh oil is a brownish amber colour, while older oil is a dark almost black colour
- Change in consistency – as oil is in your engine for longer it will slowly remove and pick up different containments from your engine. This gives it a gritty consistency which can be felt by rubbing it between your fingers.
- It’s been a long time since you last changed it – on average you should change your oil every 3,000 miles.
- The check engine/oil light on your dashboard is on – if this light is on, then it means that there is an issue with the way your engine is working
If you think that your vehicle could do with a change in oil, then good news – it is a relatively simple and quick process. If you’re one of those handy types that’s good with DIY and getting your hands dirty, then depending on your vehicle you might be able to change the oil yourself. I’d recommend looking for a guide out there that walks you through the process with your particular vehicle.
If you’d rather put your trust in a professional, then you can take your vehicle to most garages for a quick and painless oil change. It should take barely any time at all and it’ll do wonders for the longevity of your engine and vehicle.