November 1, 2015

An oil change is a very important part of vehicle maintenance, and is not something that should be ignored. A regular oil change will keep your vehicle running smoother and for longer, reducing the risk of other problems in the engine.


What happens during an oil change?

An oil change involves a few generic stages, no matter where you take your car to. First off, the mechanic will check the condition of the oil already in your car, including current oil levels. This will help them develop a more thorough understanding of your car and its engine.

Stage two is to drain any oil that’s in the vehicle. Usually it will be raised up on a lift in the garage and the oil drained from underneath. The amount of oil that comes out and its condition will tell a lot about the state of your car and how long it’s been since your last oil change.

Once the existing oil has been drained from your car, the next step is to remove and replace the oil filter. The oil filter is removed using a specialised tool, and then the new oil filter will be lubricated and installed. It’s all simple enough for even an apprentice mechanic.

Once the new oil filter has been replaced, the car will be lowed to the ground again so the mechanic can access the engine through the bonnet. From here new oil will be put in, usually with a funnel and bottle or through a hose connected to the garage’s oil supply.

Once everything is wrapped up, a quick check of the oil level after should be enough to get you back on the road and home in time for tea!

And that’s the basics of an oil change. It’s quick, simple, relatively cheap and an absolute must for anyone owning a vehicle. If it’s been over six months since you’ve had an oil change, then we recommend booking one in now. Give us a call today and let’s get your oil refreshed!