Receiving an Oil Change at
oil change at your local Berea Ohio auto shop: Sounds simple, but
there’s some pretty important things to know about
preventing oil sludge.
eventually starts to turn into jelly. Literally – petroleum 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 a
number of months between recommended oil changes. That’s because the
detergents and other additives in the oil break down over time.
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.
how you drive around Northeast Ohio 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
in Columbia Station, short trips to Middleburg Hts., Brook Park, Brunswick, or Olmsted Falls, 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.
may sound complicated. Some vehicles in Ohio have an oil
life calculator that takes all of these factors into
account and tells you when you should change your oil. Otherwise,
talk with your Northern Ohio service advisor at Parkway Express
Tire about how you drive and get their recommendation for
when to take care of your service.
Finally, if any of the steering or suspension parts can be lubed,
your technician at Montville Express Tire will take care of that
with a lube, oil and filter service.
A lot of people in Ohio have older vehicles. They’re good
commuters, grocery-getters or toy-haulers. They enjoy that fact
that they’re paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to
keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles or more – as long as it’s
economical to do so.
There are plenty of people in Columbia Station, Brook Park, Middleburg Hts., Olmsted Falls and Berea Ohio, whose vehicles are running after
150,000 or 200,000 miles. We can learn from what they’re doing to
keep our own cars on the road.
common denominator is that they never skip an oil change.
That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it’s really not. First
off, oil is the life blood of your engine and it needs to be clean
to properly lubricate. Skipping oil changes leads to
clogged oil filters and sludge that can damage
your engine. Enough said.
There’s another reason why the scheduled oil change is so
important. It’s simple – a Parkway Express Tire professional is
going to be looking at your car. All of your fluid levels will be
inspected and topped off so they won’t get so low that damage can
be done. If there is a significant fluid loss, let’s use brake
fluid as an example, your Berea technician can look for the
cause of the loss and find the problem before it leads to an
accident or costly repair.
Your Berea Ohio service technicians will also visually inspect the
vehicle for worn belts and hoses, uneven tire wear, leaking shock
absorbers and more. Problems get addressed before they lead to
repairs that cost more than the car’s worth. And your Strongsville service advisor will be able to remind you of other services that
the factory recommends you get done.
Just think of that oil change the same way as you do about going
to the dentist for your six month cleaning and checkup. Don’t skip
course, good maintenance costs money, but it’s far cheaper than
new car payments.
Some of our customers at Parkway Express Tire are surprised to
learn that there are actually two service schedules for their
vehicles. One is the regular schedule and the other is the
severe service schedule.
Let’s look at what the manufacturers say constitutes severe
driving conditions, and let you draw your own conclusions:
Most of your trips are less than four
miles (around Berea, Columbia Station, Middleburg Hts, or short trips
to Brook Park, Olmsted Falls, Strongsville, etc..)
Most of your trips are less than ten
miles and outside temperatures are below freezing.
The engine is at low speed most of the
time – not on the highway
You operate your vehicle in dusty areas
You regularly tow a trailer, carry heavy
loads or a car-top carrier
Stop and go driving
Driving in very hot or very cold weather
So you can see that a lot has to do with how you drive, but some
has to do with where you drive. Some areas of the country will
be more or less severe than it is here in Northern, Ohio.
For many, normal driving includes elements of severe service
driving. So how do you know? Picture a line with ‘regular’ on
one end and ‘severe’ on the other, and make a judgment on where
If your regular oil change recommendation is
5,000 miles and the severe service recommendation is 3,000 –
when should you change your oil? For some, it’s closer to 3,000
miles. For others, it’s closer to 5,000 miles. Your service
advisor will be happy to have this discussion with you and help
you sort it out.
If you drive where the air is dusty or polluted, fluids will
become contaminated and filters will get dirtier more quickly.
So make an honest evaluation of your driving conditions in and
around Columbia Station or Berea. You’ve made the commitment to take care of
your vehicles, so it only makes sense to follow the right