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How To Tell If Your Car Needs An Oil Change

hey everybody I'm here today to tell you

how to tell if your car needs an oil

change in this video I'll be going over

seven simple things to look for that

will allow you to know whether or not

your car needs an oil change now let's

get right to it

oil is a vital component of the engine

it actually serves a wide variety of

purposes and it's absolutely necessary

for an engine to run smoothly and for an

engine to last a long time so with that

being said well changes are definitely

important now let's get right to the

seven things that you should be looking

for the first thing that you should look

for is to check the oil level of the car

so there's actually a dipstick in your

engine bay area and you should check the

owner's manual to know where that

dipstick is and how to check the oil

level on your specific car but generally

speaking when you remove the dipstick

there's gonna be a minimum line and a

maximum line and the oil level should

fall somewhere between that minimum line

and the maximum line because you don't

want to have too little oil and you

don't want to have too much oil so use

the dipstick in the engine bay area to

check the oil level of the car okay if

there's too much obviously you're gonna

have to empty some out if there's too

little you're gonna have to pop it up or

just get an oil change okay so that's

how to tell the first way is check the

oil level using the dipstick and check

your owner's manual for more specific

instructions for your car number two is

to check the oil color so when you're

actually checking the oil level with the

dipstick you should take a look at the

color of the oil now fresh oil is sort

of like a transparent brown kind of

color for the most part and as oil gets

dirty as oil gets old it turns to a very

very dark brown and a very very dark

color so it gets much darker so with

that being said if you look at the color

of the oil if you see that the oil is a

fresh color then you probably don't need

an oil change yet depending on the other

factors okay but if you see if you see

the oil is pretty dark that it's gotten

significantly darker from its fresh

color then that's definitely a good sign

that you should get an oil change

because you need some fresh oil in there

number three is you are beyond your

mileage limit so depending on the type

of oil and the car and so forth you're

gonna have sort of like a mileage limit

in which after you've surpassed that

limit you should probably change the oil

so it once again it will depend on the

car and the type of oil synthetic oils

have different mileage limits than

conventional oils and different cars

have different limits on them so check

your owner's manual check the oil

container I've called the manufacturer

to find out but if you're beyond that

limit let's see I know that you're

beyond that limit then you should get an

oil change done ASAP okay because that

limit is basically when they are

recommending that you change that

specific type of oil in that specific

type of car okay number four is that you

are beyond your time limit for the oil

so just like there's a mileage limit

there's also a time limit meaning if

you've gone beyond a certain number of

months that they have specified then you

should change the oil because even

though you haven't actually driven the

car beyond the mileage limit the oil has

been sitting there for the number of

months for more than the number of

months that they have recommended so

once again check your owner's manual

call the manufacturer check the oil

container do some research but a check

for a time limit and if they're beyond

that time limit once again you should be

changing your oil as soon as possible

number five is check the oil indicator

now on many modern cars there's actually

an oil life indicator an oil life

indicator on the dashboard somewhere

most of the time it will show a

percentage of the oil life that is

remaining so on my old car I would

always change the oil when I was about

five to ten percent remaining and that

was the easiest way for me to make sure

that I'm doing it on time because once I

got to zero percent that theoretically

it was too late so what I would

recommend is if your car has an oil

indicator if it shows a percentage

remaining of the oil life then you

should follow that use that as a

guideline for the most

okay once you get down close to zero

percent of the oil life remaining change

the oil I would recommend doing it at

ten fifteen percent five percent this

way you know that you still have a

little bit remaining and they are

actually changing it earlier than

expected as opposed to later than

expected it's always better to be

earlier and then later it's as simple as

that number six is to actually check the

oil grittiness now I'm gonna say this

before you ever touch the oil make sure

that it's cool okay before you ever

touch the oil make sure that you're not

gonna that it's not hot that it's not

warm you know make sure that it's cool

but what you want to do is when you know

that the oil is cool okay just to be

sure when you know that the oil is cool

you want to actually you know get the

dipstick and you want to just tell you

know take some of the oil or oil or rub

it between your fingers and what happens

is as oil gets used and his oil gets old

it turns almost gritty

when it's fresh it's gonna feel super

smooth super smooth okay

but as it gets older and as it gets used

it's gonna feel very gritty so check for

a grittiness gritty grittiness feeling

because if it feels gritty between your

fingers once again make sure that it's

cool okay don't ever touch hot oil or

even warm oil make sure that it's cool

what if it feels gritty then that means

that it's time for an oil change cuz you

don't want all of that grittiness going

through the engines components

continually you want to get that oil

changed ASAP last but not least the

seventh thing that will tell you that

you need an oil change is to listen for

increased engine noise now as I said

before earlier in this video

oil serves a wide variety of purposes

two of those purposes are lubrication so

it lubricates the engines components

make sure that everything runs nice and

smoothly and it actually insulates them

sound of the engine so what happens is

as oil gets old as you get closer and

closer to needing an oil change you're

gonna lose that sound property of the

oil okay it's not gonna you're gonna

lose the lubrication property but you're

also going to lose that sound

reduction property meaning your engines

gonna get quite loud you'll notice that

your engine is much louder when you need

an oil change and it's literally that

simple

in this video I've gone over how to tell

if your car needs an oil change I've

told you seven simple indicators to keep

your eyes and ears out for things that

you can look for that will allow you to

know if you need an oil change be sure

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