When You Should Get An Oil Change
The inner workings of an engine create a substantial amount of heat due to the friction of moving components. Oil keeps the engine’s components lubricated and working efficiently and alleviate some of the heat. After driving many miles or after a period of time the engine oil begins to break down and becomes less efficient requiring a change.
The interval of oil changes can vary from vehicle to vehicle as determined by the manufacturer’s recommendations of quantity and oil weight used. Sun Auto Service follows all intervals as advocated by the vehicle’s manufacturer in severe climate conditions. In most cases, a Synthetic Blend oil change for this climate is every 3,000 miles while Full Synthetic oil change service should be performed between 5,000 – 6,000 miles.
Symptoms That Indicate You Need An Oil Change
Most modern vehicles have an oil change indicator that alerts the driver when the oil needs to be changed. These systems generally rely on mileage and not on sensors that identify oil quality. Most cars are not equipped with a system that indicates when the vehicle is long past due for its oil change.
Symptoms that indicate the engine has exceeded the recommended oil change interval includes:
- Significant mileage from last oil change
- Check engine or service require light illuminated
- Discolored, dirty oil
- Engine knocking
Sun Auto Service Oil Change Process
At Sun Auto Service, we’re proud to offer a smooth and comprehensive oil change experience. The service begins by the Technician moving the vehicle into a designated service area where the car is lifted to initiate the inspection and service. Each Technician utilizes a 2-page report containing a checklist of systems and components to check for any areas of concern where maintenance or repairs may be needed presently and what may be required in the future.
The Technician drains the old fluid from the vehicle and removes the oil filter. The Technician then inserts a new oil filter and will complete a chassis lube if applicable. Once complete, the Technician will check and top off all accessible fluids including windshield washer fluid. Finally, the tires will be rotated.
Sun Auto Service pledges to use only superior quality Engine Oils and Fluids from Valvoline. Our service centers are stocked with a full line of Valvoline Fluids including Full Synthetic and Synthetic Blend Oils, and manufacturer specific drivetrain and Transmission fluids. All filter and fluids meet or exceed requirements of vehicle manufacturers.
At Sun Auto Service, we service all makes and models of cars and light trucks. Because we service a wide-variety of vehicles, we supply many oils to accommodate each individual vehicle, such as:
- Synthetic Blend Oil
- Full Synthetic Oil
- High Mileage Oil
- European Oil
- Diesel Oil
- And many more
The Sun Auto Oil Change includes:
Oil change – Old, dirty oil is drained from the vehicle. Fresh, clean oil, per vehicle manufacturer specifications is added to the vehicle.
Oil filter replacement – The oil filter is removed, discarded responsibly, and replaced with a new, clean Valvoline filter that meets or exceeds manufacturer recommendations.
Lube chassis – Older model vehicles with greased fittings that require a lube service will be performed as necessary.
Fluid check – Vehicle fluids including power steering, brake, coolant, windshield washer fluid, and transmission where accessible, will be checked and topped off.
Tire rotation – Tires are visually inspected for abnormal tire wear, pressures are tested and adjusted, and when necessary, rotated.
Complete vehicle inspections – Your vehicle will be inspected bumper to bumper from the exterior, to belts and hoses, the brake system, power steering, under the car including the suspension system, air conditioning, ignition, driveline, and tires.
Frequently Asked Questions About Oil Changes
Q: How long does an oil change take?
A: The typical oil change, with complete inspection and tire rotation, takes approximately 1-hour with an appointment.
Q: How much is an oil change?
A: Synthetic blend oil changes are $24.95; Full Synthetic oil changes start at $49.95; and diesel oil changes start at $69.95. Prices do not include tax and disposal fees. Additional quarts are extra.
Q: What kind of oil does my car take?
A: Most of today’s vehicles use a synthetic blend or full synthetic oil. Consult your owner’s manual, visit or call a Sun Auto Service near you. Our friendly Service Advisors are here to answer any of your automotive questions including what kind of oil your vehicle requires, and how much is needed to give you the most accurate cost estimate for your vehicle.
Q: How do I know when my next oil change is due?
A: After each oil change with Sun Auto Service, our Technician will place a sticker in the upper left-hand corner of the driver’s windshield as a reminder. For even more convenience, we can send a reminder when your next service is due to let you know it is time to schedule your next service appointment. For details on how to be a part of this program, ask your Service Advisor for details!