How Do I Know If I Need An Oil Change?

How do I know if I need an oil change? How often should I change out the oil in my car? How many miles can I go in between oil changes? 

If you find yourself asking these questions, you're not alone! The experts at Car Pros Kia Renton get a lot questions in the service center about oil changes. We're here to let you know the signs to look for when your vehicle needs new oil. Having fresh, clean oil helps keep your vehicle running well and your engine clean. 
  • My oil is dirty and/or dark. When your oil is clean, it's going to be an amber color. If you notice your oil is beginning to get darker or dirtier, it's time to get your oil changed. With a dipstick, it's easy to check your oil levels and color. It's recommended to check your oil every month to keep an eye on the condition of it. 
  • My engine is making a knocking noise. If your engine is starting to get louder or you hear a knocking sound, it's time to bring your vehicle in for service. Clean oil helps prevent metal-on-metal contact in your engine. As it ages, so does it's lubrication factor. 
  • My check engine or oil change light is on. No surprise here, but if your check engine light or oil change light dings on, it's time for a service visit. It's important to get your oil changed as quickly as possible once the light comes on in your dashboard. 
These are just a few signs that your oil needs to get changed out. There are of course other signs and scenarios that mean your vehicle needs to come in for service. If you have any questions, give the techs at Car Pros Kia Renton a call. Drivers can also always consult their vehicle's manual for more details on oil changes and maintenance schedules.
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