If you want to keep your used car on the road for a long time, regular oil changes are critical. Motor oil lubricates the engine. If there’s not enough oil, or it hasn’t been changed in a long time, engine parts may start rubbing against each other and eventually deteriorate. To make sure that doesn’t happen, the Schumacher Pre-Owned Supercenter shares the easiest ways to tell if it’s time for an oil change.

5 Signs It’s Time to Change the Oil in Your Used Car

You’re Behind Schedule

Most cars need an oil change every 3 to 6 months. It varies depending on the type of oil being used and the manufacturer’s recommendation. If you’re not sure what maintenance schedule your car should be on, talk to a trusted service technician.

As a rule of thumb, if you can’t remember when your last oil change was, it’s probably a good time to get one.

You’ve Logged a Lot of Miles

If you’re someone that’s always on the go, you’ll need oil changes more frequently. Check the manufacturer’s recommendation for your make and model, and keep an eye on your odometer to know when it’s time.

The Oil Is Dark

Clean, healthy oil is a light brown color. It should be transparent.

You can easily check what your oil looks like by opening up the hood. Look for the oil dipstick and pull it out. Wipe it clean with a rag. Reinsert the dipstick and then pull it out again. If it’s thick, dark, and gritty, it’s time for an oil change.

The Oil Level Is Low

While you have the dipstick out, check the oil level, too. There’s a notch on the dipstick to tell you how much oil your car should have. If the oil doesn’t reach this indicator, it means you’re running low.

The Indicator Lights Come On

Notice any warning lights on your dashboard? If your car desperately needs an oil change, the check engine light or the oil light may turn on to get your attention. Don’t ignore these lights, or else you put the engine at risk for damage.

While preventing engine damage is the number one reason to stay on top of your car’s oil change needs, there’s another benefit. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), regular maintenance and using the right type of oil can actually help improve your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Choose Reliable Oil Change Services in South Florida

For more used car maintenance tips or to schedule an oil change, contact the Schumacher Pre-Owned Supercenter. We have locations all across South Florida, including North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, and Delray Beach.