Your vehicle takes care of you throughout your daily routine, so it stands to reason that you should take care of it. Many important systems help keep your vehicle on the road and running smoothly, but perhaps the most crucial piece is your vehicle's engine. Your engine puts a lot of hard work into keeping things operating as they should, but it wouldn't be able to last without routine engine oil changes. Engine oil is integral to the safe operation of your Toyota, and here at Graham Toyota, we encourage you to schedule routine oil changes with our service team. Read on below to understand why routine appointments to change your oil are important and what signs to watch out when your engine oil nears the end of its lifespan.

Why are Oil Changes Important?

We always recommend that our customers schedule regular oil changes because, without routine care, your engine oil can start to lose its effectiveness, which can then lead to engine issues that range from mild to serious. Engine oil is designed to lubricate the moving parts of your engine and to keep it free from dust, dirt, and even metal shavings that might harm the engine from daily and nightly travels. Should your engine oil near the end of its lifespan, it can start to allow more grime from the road to enter the engine, causing it to overheat more easily and potentially lead to more serious damage.

In extreme cases, it can cause the engine to overheat to a point where it shuts off and needs to be replaced, costing you a large sum of money in the process. Oil changes are simple and easy to manage, so the cost of one, as opposed to a new engine, is significant. These quick appointments won't take long, and they can ensure that you won't need to worry about any large, costly repairs for your vehicle.

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Signs That You Need an Oil Change
When it comes to your engine oil, you won't have to guess as to when you need your next scheduled appointment. Your engine can give you sings that the oil is reaching the end of its lifespan, at which point you should schedule an appointment with our service team and get the best care possible. These signs can include:

  • Your Check Engine Light Comes On
  • A Smokey, Oily Smell Permeates the Vehicle Cabin
  • Your Vehicle Can't Go As Far on One Tank of Gas
  • The Engine Oil Color is Black or Dark Brown
  • The Engine Oil Level is Very Low when Checked by Dipstick
Should you notice any of these signs, give us a call as soon as possible! We will get you in for an appointment quickly and efficiently!

How Often Should You Get Your Oil Changed?

Our team of Toyota experts recommends that you get your oil changed every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, but this number might change based on a variety of factors. You might find that you need an oil change more often due to sitting in heavy traffic or dealing with hotter weather conditions more often. You might also discover that your engine oil lasts longer because you don't drive as often, or your vehicle needs a synthetic blend that can last up to 15,000 miles. You should always refer to your user manual if you want to know the type of engine oil your vehicle requires.

Schedule an Appointment with Graham Toyota Today!

Don't wait for your engine oil to get too low or worn out! Our expert team of Toyota technicians is happy to get you in for a quick and efficient appointment to ensure that your vehicle stays healthy and on the road. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online with Graham Toyota!

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  1. Graham Toyota

    1515 W 4th St
    Mansfield, OH 44906

    • Sales: (419) 529-1800
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