How to Know if You Need an Oil Change

May 11th, 2022 by

Oil is a liquid specifically designed to lubricate and cool the internal parts of your engine.

Oil is specifically designed to lubricate and cool the internal parts of your engine. It’s also not an accidental byproduct of another process, but rather an important component that must be added on purpose for your engine to function properly.

Why Does My Car Need an Oil Change?Checking engine oil

Your engine needs lubrication. You know that, I know that, every driver knows that. But what you might not realize is why your engine needs lubrication—and why the oil in your car has to be changed periodically.

Oil becomes dirty as it breaks down over time, which means that if you don’t get it replaced often enough (or at all), it can cause serious damage to your engine. This is especially true when it comes to synthetic oils: these types of fluids can last longer because they contain additives like polymers and nanomaterials that help fight off acids and other contaminants better than traditional mineral oils do on their own. But even with these added materials in place, there’s still a risk of corrosion under certain conditions (like extreme heat).  This is why it is vital to check and change your oil often.  By doing so, you have less risk of creating unwanted buildup in your engine.

How to Know When Your Engine Is Overheated

It’s a good idea to know the signs of an overheated engine. While it’s not always a serious issue, if you see the following signs, you should get your car looked at by a mechanic:

  • Oil indicator light
  • Oil level gauge
  • Leaking oil (e.g., puddles on the ground)
  • Smoke (black or white) coming from under hood or exhaust pipe (usually means coolant is leaking)
  • Knocking sounds coming from engine that increase with acceleration

The layers of metal that make up your car’s engine are smooth, and it’s the oil’s job to keep them that way.

You might think of oil as a liquid, but it actually has a solid state. It’s made up of metal particles that are suspended in an oil-based solution. These particles keep your car’s engine parts from rubbing together and causing damage or wearing out.

Oil also helps cool your engine by absorbing heat during operation.  Also dissipating it afterwards. It does this by flowing through channels around the cylinders, where it absorbs heat generated during combustion before being pumped out through another set of channels called galleys at the bottom of each cylinder head (the part between the valves).

Things To Know About Getting An Oil Change.

Changing the oil in your car is one of those maintenance tasks that people tend to put off.  However it’s important to keep up on for proper engine function.  An oil change involves draining your vehicle’s engine oil and replacing it with new fluid.  It also gives you an opportunity to inspect your engine for damage or leaks.  As well as check all fluids for proper levels. It’s also a good time to ask your mechanic about any other services that might be recommended based on the results of their inspection.  For example, if they notice some worn parts or potential issues with your car’s cooling system, those can be addressed at once rather than waiting until another visit.  Find out from Volkswagen on the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle.

For more information on your vehicles required service, visit us at our Kalispell Volkswagen Service Department.  You can also watch our informative video below to learn how to check the engine oil level in your vehicle.