Somersworth Auto Repair

Somersworth Oil Change

The most common service associated with preventative maintenance is an oil change.  Motor oil eventually starts to turn into jelly.  Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely.  And that means expensive engine repairs.  That’s why you need to change the oil and oil filter on schedule, to get the old oil out before it turns to sludge.  Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how many miles you can go between oil changes.  They also usually have several months between recommended oil changes.  That’s because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down over time.  Your owner’s manual will have a recommendation for time and mileage, but you need to remember that it’s based on using the recommended weight of oil.  And if your vehicle came from the factory with synthetic oil, the recommended intervals assume you continue to use synthetic.  Also, how you drive can have a big effect.  Most owner’s manuals will have a list of driving conditions that are harder on your vehicle.  Things like stop and go driving, short trips, driving in very hot or very cold weather, heavy loads and towing.  If some of your driving fits this, you may need to change your oil and do other maintenance on a shorter schedule.  We provide both conventional and synthetic motor oil depending on vehicle requirements and customer preference.  At Central Park Garage, an oil change is more than just changing the motor oil and oil filter, we also top off all fluids, check the condition of the wipers blades and filters (air & cabin), test the battery, set the tire pressures, grease all fittings, clean the exterior windows and vacuum the interior of the vehicle.

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