The Top Oil Change Warning Signs

We all know that oil is important to our vehicles. It keeps your engine cool and lubricated, allowing you to hit the streets around Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township with ease. However, when you don't have enough clean oil under your hood, some serious issues could arise.

This is why Baierl Honda created this guide to the most common oil change warning signs. If you're experiencing any of the below symptoms, make sure to get into your nearest authorized dealer service center for an oil change as soon as possible.

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When you have fresh oil, it provides your engine with just what it needs to work its best. It elevates performance and even gets you better gas mileage. However, over time, oil breaks down and can reduce, which makes your engine go into overdrive. Your car will let you know when this happens by presenting with the following warning signs.

Dark, Dirty Oil - Your motor oil works hard, so your engine can do its job properly. Due to this, it can pick up debris along the way, which could make your oil become darker in color and sludgy. Checking your oil monthly will help you know when this happens.

Oil is amber in color and smooth to the touch. To see if your oil is healthy, find your oil dipstick under the hood (when the engine is off and cool) and pull it out. Then, wipe the end of the dipstick with a clean rag, reinsert it, and take it back out again. Dip your finger in the oil at the end of the stick. Is it dark, thick, or have particles in it? If so, it's time to schedule an oil change.

Unusual Engine Noises - Along with cleaning your engine, oil provides much-needed lubrication to the inner workings of your engine. If there isn't enough oil or it has become dirty, your engine won't have that barrier, meaning you might hear some weird sounds coming from under your hood.

These noises can sound like metal-on-metal contact, knocking, rumbling, or roaring. If you're noticing these sounds, it's time to get your oil changed as soon as possible.

Exhaust Smoke - Though vapors usually appear from your exhaust pipe, dark and thick smoke coming from this area should be a concern. This could be caused by a leak in your oil lines, meaning you need an oil change.

Additionally, this can also be the result of issues with your engine due to lack of oil. Have your vehicle looked at by a professional to find the cause of the problem and have them change your oil, as well, to ensure your car is safe for the road.

Oil Change Light - A telltale sign that you need to make an appointment for an oil change is when the oil change light appears on your dashboard. Your check engine light might even appear if you haven't had an oil change in some time, so make sure to get into a certified service station to prevent further issues under your hood.

Get Your Oil Changed at Baierl Honda Today!

If you're seeing any of these oil change warning signs, schedule an appointment to get your oil changed today. Our professionals can perform this process quick, having you back on the roads of Wexford, Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township in no time at all.

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