Frequently Asked Questions

Part of driving a car is changing its oil. Under the hood, cars have a lot of metal moving parts that work together to power the vehicle. These moving parts rub against one another and can experience wear when they aren't lubricated. Oil is used to keep these parts lubricated and keep your vehicle running right. To have your oil change questions answered, keep reading.

How long does motor oil last?

Some people believe that motor oil never goes bad, but this isn't true. Motor oil does actually have an expiration date. If you purchase an oil product yourself, you can find the expiration date on the package. Be sure to check this date to make sure the oil you are using is up to date. If it is expired, it won't be effective in lubricating your vehicle and can actually lead to problems.

Can I look at my oil to see if it is bad?

Yes. You can always check your oil by removing the dipstick. If the oil on your dipstick is dirty, clumpy, or gritty, this oil is probably bad and needs to be changed. Of course, if your oil levels are low, you should also receive an oil change.

How often do I need to change my oil?

The type of car you drive and how often you drive affects the frequency of your oil changes. Older vehicles need their oil changed more frequently. People who drive often should also receive oil changes more often. If you are unsure of how often you should receive an oil change, check your owner's manual. If you receive oil changes at a mechanic, they will likely put a sticker on the inside of your windshield telling you the mileage of when your next oil change should be. If you're still in doubt, get an oil change at least twice a year.

Caring for your car doesn't have to be hard. For all of your service needs, reach out to Island Auto Group. Our dealerships and service centers are conveniently located in Staten Island, New York.


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