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5 Signs That Indicate Your Car Needs an Oil Change

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Motor oil lubricates your engine’s moving parts, removes heat and dirt, and keeps your vehicle running properly. It’s the lifeblood of your engine and must be changed regularly. Skipping an oil change can cause your engine to break down or overheat, which leads to time-consuming — and not to mention expensive — repairs if left unaddressed.

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If you missed an oil change, pay attention for the following symptoms. These signs indicate that your car needs new motor oil as soon as possible. To get your oil changed in Denver, contact the service department at Mile High Honda.

1.       Oil is Dirty and Dark

oilpouringintoengineClean oil is amber in color and thin in consistency. On the contrary, dirty oil is dark and thick from accumulating particles in your engine. It might also produce a strong odor. You can use your dipstick to view the color and consistency of your motor oil. If you see that the oil is black, sludgy, or rougher in texture, change it as soon as possible.

2.     You Smell Oil in Your Cabin

If you smell oil in your cabin while driving, don’t ignore it. A strong, oily odor could be a sign of a leak. Only a technician can diagnose the exact cause, so visit a repair shop to get your vehicle inspected.

Sometimes, the oily scent will be mixed with the smell of exhaust or gas. This is a sign that the oil is burning and the vehicle is overheating. If this is the case, pull over to a safe location and call roadside assistance. An overheated engine could start a fire.

3.     Noisy Engine

An engine that’s low on oil might make grinding, clanging, or banging noises. This is the sound of metal parts rubbing together, which leads to corrosion. Oil lubricates these parts to prevent metal-on-metal contact. However, it wears out and loses its effectiveness over time. Get your oil changed to prevent these moving parts from scraping together.

4.     Your Check Engine Light Appears

oilchange_170420735The check engine light could appear for dozens of reasons, including dirty or low oil levels. It’s best to pull over, call roadside assistance, and have a mechanic inspect your engine if this light appears on your dashboard.

5.     You Notice Exhaust Smoke

If your tailpipe releases smoke, there might be an oil leak inside your engine. It could also be a sign of broken engine parts. Have a professional inspect your engine to pinpoint the exact problem.

Time to Get Your Oil Changed

To prevent these symptoms, follow the factory-recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle. This protects your engine from wear and tear and keeps it performing properly.

If you’ve noticed these symptoms while driving through Denver, Aurora, or Centennial, it’s time to get your oil changed. The technicians at Mile High Honda can change your oil, so schedule a maintenance appointment with us if you’ve noticed any of the signs described above.

For immediate assistance, call to speak with a representative from Mile High Honda.

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