How Does a Chevrolet Oil Change Work?
Whether you’re working on a Chevrolet Trax, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Cruze, or another model, it’s important to know how an oil change works. Though we won’t cover every little detail here, we will give you a basic idea of what the process is, whether you decide to schedule service with us or take care of your oil change on your own.
Why Change the Oil in Your Chevrolet, Buick, or GMC?
It may be a tedious and messy process, but is an oil change important? In a word, yes. Over time, your engine oil breaks down and loses its ability to lubricate the engine and absorb excess heat. As it gets old, the oil also can’t absorb the normal dust, dirt, and water that make its way into your engine. This detritus can begin to stick to the dirty oil, resulting in excessive wear and, over time, even cause the engine to seize.
How Often Should You Change Your Engine Oil?
While vehicles differ in the length of time they recommend between oil changes (check your owner’s manual for details) 3-5,000 miles is the general rule of thumb. You can check your oil by allowing your car to run for a few minutes, then shut it off, pop the hood, and pull out the oil dipstick, located near the engine. If it looks like honey, you should be fine. If it looks like root beer, it’s time for an oil change.
How Do You Change Your Own Oil?
If you prefer not to take advantage of our service specials and decide to change your oil yourself, you’ll need a few tools:
- A funnel
- 5-6 quarts of engine oil (check your manual to verify the type and amount)
- An oil filter (details in your vehicle manual)
- A filter wrench
- Pan to catch the old oil
- Eye protection
Start the engine and allow it to warm up for a few minutes – not long enough to get hot, just enough to let the oil get moving. Then park your vehicle on a flat surface and follow these steps:
- Jack the vehicle up and secure it on jack stands. This allows you to access the undercarriage.
- Find the oil plug and place a large receptacle beneath it.
- Remove the oil plug and drain out the engine oil.
- Remove and replace the oil filter. Make sure it is tight, but don’t over-tighten it.
- Replace the oil plug.
- Using the funnel, refill the engine oil per manufacturer specs.
- Check the levels with the dipstick.
- Recycle the used engine oil.
That’s it! You’re ready to hit the road again!
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