Signs You Need an Oil Change

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When life gets busy, it's easy for anyone in the Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway area to let certain aspects of their car's regular maintenance slip their mind. Getting it in for an oil change is often one of those things.

However easy it is to forget, regularly changing your oil is one of the best things you can do to ensure that your car, truck or SUV is running smoothly and continues to be dependable for as long as possible. To help you determine if your car needs service, here are five signs you need an oil change.

High Mileage

If you've recently taken a road trip or have noticed that your mileage is considerably higher than the recommended oil change mileage, it's time for you to schedule an oil change.

For most late models, the recommended mileage between oil changes is around 5,000 miles. For older vehicles, oil changes are generally recommended every 3,000 miles. However, certain conditions such as severe heat can put a considerable amount of stress on your engine. Therefore, in climates like that of the state of Florida, for instance, the majority of drivers should consider intervals of 3,000 miles between oil changes to keep their vehicles operating properly.

Always consult your owner's manual to get more specific information on how best to care for your Honda.

Dashboard Lights

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Some newer cars conveniently alert you when oil levels or oil pressure are nearing conditions that call for an oil change. If your vehicle is equipped with these handy preventative tools, you should have your Honda serviced as indicated by them.

Also helpful in diagnosing your car's engine health is the check engine light. If the check engine light is illuminated, you should have it check out right away to help avoid potential costly damage to your engine.

Unusually Loud Engine

A loud engine or odd engine sounds such as knocking, rumbling, thumping or ticking noises might be a sign that you're getting low on oil or your oil is getting too thin. Like the check engine light, these sounds could indicate that something more comprehensive and possibly more severe than what a simple oil change can resolve might be taking place. Again, be sure to take your Honda in and get it checked out if any of this occurs.

Color of Oil

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If it's been a while since your last oil change and you decide to take a look for yourself, be aware that healthy oil takes on a honey or amber hue. If your oil appears to be darker or even contains dirt, schedule a change.

You Can't Recall Your Last Oil Change

Has it been a while since you've changed your oil? Has it been so long that you don't even remember having it done? This is definitely a good sign you need an oil change.

Schedule Your Oil Change at Honda of Bay County

To keep you car performing at its best, regular oil changes are imperative. If you're in the Panama City, Springfield and Callaway area and any of these signs sound familiar, or you know you're due for your regular oil change, contact Honda of Bay County to schedule your service appointment.

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