5 Signs Your Vehicle Needs an Oil Change Now

April 30th, 2018 by

Technician Changing Oil

We know not everyone gets their oil changed as often as they should around Chatham, and while a few miles here or there won’t matter in the long run, we have 5 signs your vehicle needs an oil change now. If you haven’t been changing your oil regularly, these are 5 signs you are past due and should visit the Green Dodge service center immediately to avoid risking damage to your truck or car.

Oil or Check Engine Light

Many newer cars will actually turn a dashboard light on to alert the driver to needing an oil change, but you should always check your manual and visit a service center – these lights can also be the sign of something more serious.

Dark or Dirty Oil

People have this idea that oil is black or sludgy, but the reality is that oil should be a golden amber in color. If it gets dark, dirty, or thick, your oil is breaking down and will be less effective at lubricating your engine.

Loud Engine Noise

Any excessive engine noise is cause for concern, but this goes double for what might sound like a high-speed clicking noise whenever you accelerate. As oil breaks down, it won’t lubricate your pistons as well and you will be able to hear them moving as the engine runs, even while idling.

Pouring Oil in Engine
Wiping Off Dipstick

Exhaust Smoke

Oil tends to burn blue smoke when it leaks and finds its way into areas of the engine it shouldn’t be. Not only is this a sign that you should have your oil changed, it’s evidence that something else is going on, as your oil shouldn’t be burning under regular vehicle use.

Oil Smell in the Cabin

As with any odd cabin smells, a whiff of oil can mean there’s a leak under the hood or that your vehicle is overheating and burning the oil. Either way, this is a cause for an oil change at the minimum.

Trust the Green Dodge Service Center

While many drivers can perform a battery change or jump start their car at home, they choose to do tire rotations at the dealership. Oil changes typically fall somewhere between these two as far as DIY work goes, but if you’re noticing any of these warning signs around Rochester or Decatur, you’ll want to visit a professional. We can even go over the advantages of the Mopar Protection Plan.

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