Oil changes are a low cost preventative maintenance option to help keep your vehicle running smooth, efficient and safe.

Changing your filters, oil and topping up fluids help extend the life of your vehicle and avoid costly mechanic bills.

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Why is it important to change your oil?

Oil lubricates your engine and helps reduce friction. As the oil breaks down, gets contaminated and additives get used up it becomes less effective. Oil helps prevent varnishes and carbon build up in the engine, has anti-corrosion additives to prevent metal parts from corroding, and draws heat away from the combustion chamber. Without proper lubrication parts rub against each other and internal damage can result.

How often should I change my oil?

It is suggested that conventional oil should be changed every 5,000 KM or 3-6 months. When running semi-synthetic or full synthetic oil drain intervals vary between 5,000 KM to 10,000 KM or 6 months. Intervals may vary depending on type of vehicle, conditions, driving habits, type of oil used and also your manufactures recommendations. You should refer to your owner’s manual or vehicle indicator light if applicable as they may alter the service intervals.

Why is it important to change your filters?

Oil Filter: Oil filters help remove contaminants from your engine oil such as dirt and metal shavings that are abrasive to engine parts. It is important to change it every service because it loses its effectiveness as it becomes clogged with foreign particles.

Air Filters: Air filters are designed to catch foreign particles before entering the engine. Your vehicle may lack power and fuel economy can deteriorate as a filter gets dirty. Once the filter is too contaminated it can begin to misshape resulting in particles bypassing into the engine. Air filters should typically be changed when you can no longer see light or if the filter is damaged.

Fuel Filters: A clogged filter can cause harder engine starts, loss of power, poor fuel economy and overall performance. Replacing your filter at recommended intervals reduces wear on the injection system and keeps your engine running smoothly.

What is a PCV Valve?

PCV stands for positive crankcase ventilation. A PCV valve enables the evacuation of gas from the crankcase of an engine. Signs of a bad PCV valve are filter contamination, oil leaks and decreased performance. A bad valve can be associated with oil consumption and leakage through gaskets and seals. Oil deposits on your air filter can also be a sign of a faulty valve.

Why is servicing your drivelines important?

Fluids should be checked at regular intervals to look for metal shavings indicating internal wear, make sure the color is good and there are no signs of moisture. If the fluid is milky from moisture or dark, it is recommended that it be replaced to avoid damage. If fluid is low, it should be topped up.


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