Oil Changes

Having your vehicle’s oil changed regularly is an important part of regular maintenance. Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto services Virginia and surrounding areas. An oil change from the oil change experts at Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto means a lot more than just changing your vehicle’s oil filter. An oil change from Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto is a comprehensive auto repair service performed by our qualified mechanics and includes:

  • Changing the oil filter
  • Checking the air filter
  • Inspecting and topping off all fluids under the hood
  • Oiling all fittings
  • Examining engine for punctures
  • Checking belts and hoses
  • Examining tire inflation levels
  • Checking entire undercarriage

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What and Oil Change does: Your car depends on new oil and oil filters to keep it running efficiently. Oil needs to be kept full, clean from fragments, and not burnt. Oil lubes essential engine components. Moving parts create rubbing, and over time that rubbing wears the parts down. Oil, or a synthetic lube, could lessen the damage from the heat by those moving components. By having a regular oil change service schedule, you will positively increase your engine’s efficiency as well as expand the life of your vehicle’s engine.

When to Change/Check Your Oil:

  • Check Oil Light is illuminated
  • Check Engine Light is on
  • Oil is dirty
  • Pinging, knocking, or various other sounds coming from the engine

It is recommended you have an oil change every 3,000 – 5,000 miles to stop engine wear and keep oil free from particles. For your car’s particular service intervals, always consult your owners guide or ask one of our professionals at Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto.

Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto provides Oil Change service in Virginia

Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto provides top quality oil change and oil filter replacements in Virginia and surrounding areas at unbeatable prices. Schedule an appointment for your next oil change today! Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto is proud to be your local auto repair service and oil change expert in Virginia and surrounding areas.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It seems like a simple question. How often does the oil in your engine need to be replaced? For decades, the answer to that question was three months or three thousand miles, whichever came first. But that advice harkens back to a time when engine and lubrication technology were different than what is in most vehicles today. The 3K mile oil change is no longer a standard.

Instead, automakers each have a set of recommendations for the intervals between all of the routine maintenance procedures required to keep your car in suitable shape. Everything from inspection of your wiper blades, steering and suspension components, and drive axles to rotating your tires, replacing your brake pads, and replacing all of the fluids and filters. Those recommendations are published in your vehicle’s maintenance guide.

When it comes to oil and filter changes, most manufacturers recommend somewhere between 5K and 7.5K miles. Some stretch out the interval to 10K miles or more, depending on the type of oil they use. The specific guidelines differ from one vehicle to the next.

But that is not the entire story. Manufacturers actually post two sets of recommendations: one for “normal” driving conditions, and one for “severe” or “special operating conditions”. Most drivers believe their driving habits and environments fall into the normal category. However, a look at a typical list of “special” circumstances reveals a different picture:

  • Driving on dirt or dusty roads.
  • Towing, hauling heavy loads, driving with a car-top carrier.
  • Repeated trips of less than five miles in cold temperatures.
  • Extensive idling and driving for long distances under 50 MPH.
  • Hot weather stop-and-go traffic.

By these standards, many (if not most) drivers operate their vehicles under “special” circumstances. The key is whether or not you drive this way most of the time. But rush hour traffic, short trips to take the kids to school or athletic events, and getting the groceries are all examples of driving in such conditions.

And when you do drive in these conditions, the manufacturer recommends more frequent oil changes. Sometimes twice as often. Suddenly, a 10K mile interval becomes 5K miles. Check with your vehicle maintenance guide and focus on the schedule that is right for your car.

That depends on which light you are referring to. Many newer vehicles have a dashboard icon that lights up to let you know that it is time for an oil change service. Once you get your oil changed, the light is reset and will come on next time it is due. Other modern vehicles alert you through the computer display. If that light (or message) appears, schedule an oil and filter change.

On the other hand, all vehicles are equipped with an oil warning light. This light tells drivers that the oil level or pressure has fallen below acceptable levels. You can check your vehicle owner’s manual to discern what each light or message looks like for your car. If you see an oil warning light, check the oil level with the dipstick on your engine. If it is low, add the proper type and weight oil so that the level is up to the “full” line on the dipstick. If the situation repeats itself frequently, schedule for service.

Part of routine vehicle maintenance includes periodic checks of the oil level. Every other fuel fill-up should be adequate. That way, you will not allow your engine to run low on oil. Also, if you have your oil changed regularly, it will remain in good shape and protect your engine.

But if you neglect oil changes, your oil will break down and eventually turn to sludge. There should not be any warning signs that you need an oil change (other than a maintenance reminder on your dashboard or calendar). Signs of neglect might include a ticking sound coming from your engine. As problems worsen, you might hear a deeper knocking sound. A burnt oil smell and smoke from the exhaust can also be signs set off by old, dirty oil. If you notice any of these, you have gone beyond the useful life of your oil.

Some people believe that their oil is bad simply because it appears dark black on the dipstick. While dirty oil certainly can look black in color, so can perfectly good oil. Soot that occurs naturally as a byproduct of combustion will stain your oil black, but it does not harm your engine. True, fresh oil is a translucent honey color, but it does not take too long to turn black. The only way to know if your oil is still good is to submit a sample for chemical testing… or to change it when recommended.

There are also some drivers who believe that they can make their oil last longer by swapping out the filter more frequently. Fresh filters will not hurt anything (except, maybe, your wallet), but they will not extend the service life of your oil. The oil filter is designed to trap particulates – tiny metal shavings, dirt, and other debris – and keep your oil clean. But that is not the major reason that oil needs to be replaced. Thermal breakdown and mechanical shearing from the forces of all the moving parts in your engine degrade the oil over time. Detergents and other oil additives are also used up and no longer perform as they should as they age. A new filter will not rejuvenate old oil.

This answer is similar to the question of how often to change your oil. Use the type and weight oil recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

Motor oil comes in basically three different forms: conventional, synthetic, and semi-synthetic (or synthetic blend). Conventional oil is derived and distilled from crude oil. It is what many people consider “regular” oil. Because of its origins, conventional oil is made of molecules that are inconsistent in size and shape. And it contains impurities that occur naturally. It is relatively inexpensive, but it does not last as long as other forms.

Synthetic oil is created artificially in a lab. It begins its life as a highly refined base oil stock from which engineers carefully craft a product that is composed of molecules that are extremely uniform. To that, special high-performance additives are included. Synthetic motor oil (such as industry leading Mobil 1 full synthetic motor oil) is known for its ability to lubricate, clean, and protect an engine better than conventional oil. But the technology comes with a higher price tag.

Semi-synthetic oil, or synthetic blend, is a combination of both conventional and synthetic oils.It is a kind of middle ground to bring down the cost while providing some of the benefits of synthetic oil.

What is right for your car? Well, if the manufacturer included synthetic oil from the factory, you must stick with synthetic. If they used conventional, you have an option whether to use conventional or synthetic oil.

Motor oil also comes in different “weights” or “grades”. The weight describes the oil’s viscosity, how thick the oil is, and is expressed in a number: 5, 10, 20, 30, and so on. The higher the number, the thicker the oil (higher viscosity). The lower the number, the thinner. If your car calls for a multi-weight oil of, say, 5W-20 – where 5 is the viscosity when cold (“W” is for Winter) and 20 the viscosity when hot – you should use that grade. Your owner’s manual might allow for a slight variation from that number, but you need to stick with their recommendation so that the oil will lubricate as it should.

The simple answer is yes. Years ago, many motorists believed that once you switched to synthetic, you could never go back. That is not true. Oil manufacturers create synthetic blends that mix the two. They are not incompatible. If you choose to use synthetic oil and decide later that you want to return to conventional oil, you are free to do so.

Another common misconception is that synthetic oil will ruin your engine and cause leaks. This is borne out of a condition with some older engines where, over time, oil caked up and filled gaps in areas where engine seals had begun to leak. If an old engine has leaks that were stopped up by oil residue, the advanced cleaning power of synthetic oil can clean out the gaps and “cause” (reveal) a leak. But synthetic oil will not create a leak where one did not already exist.

When you come in for an oil change service, someone will collect information about your vehicle, the year, make, model, and more. This ensures that the correct oil and filter are used for your car, truck, or SUV. A technician will access the underside of your engine, either by way of a pit over which you drive, or by putting your car up on a hoist.

The old oil is drained from the oil pan underneath your vehicle and collected for recycling. The oil filter is removed and replaced with a new one and the engine is refilled with fresh oil in the type and viscosity recommended by the manufacturer.

As part of your oil change and Courtesy Check, nearly two dozen components and systems are inspected. Any tires that are low on air will be filled, and any fluids that are low will be topped off. If any other service items need attention, you will be notified. Sometimes, minor repairs and procedures can be handled at the time of your oil change visit.

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