We are all well aware that hanging the oil in your car is key to maintaining a healthy and reliable engine. Oil is one of the most important components in your engine, helping to lubricate key components and maintain operating temperatures.
Your gear oil is constantly working to reduce the stresses placed on your gearbox, keeping it operating at its peak. But like most lubricants, it may eventually need to be changed, otherwise the slow accumulation of deposits can end up clogging your oil gearbox filter and potentially damaging its components, resulting in costly repairs.
Book an Engine Oil and Filter Change in Dublin 15
An oil and filter change is ideal for maintaining your cars peak operating performance between services, but is not recommended as a replacement for an annual service. If you’re unsure the last time your car had an oil change or service, we recommend either a Full or Major Service.
How often should I change engine oil?
It’s not always easy to tell when to change your engine oil unless a warning appears on your dashboard to notify you. How frequently you change your oil depends on your vehicle manufacturer who will advise on a specific oil change interval depending on the vehicle you drive. Check your vehicle handbook for specific details on when to change your engine oil.
If your vehicle or machinery doesn’t have an oil life monitoring system that automatically alerts you when your gear oil requires changing, knowing when to change your gear oil and filter can be an imperfect science, but there are guides for different types of vehicles:
- Manual gearboxes usually require a gearbox oil change every 30,000 to 50,000 mi (48,000 to 80,000 km).
- Automatic gearboxes usually have gear oil change intervals of between 60,000 to 100,000 mi (96,000 to 160,000 km).
- It’s advisable that you change your gearbox oil filter at the same time as your oil.
- If you have a gearbox leak repaired, then always change your oil after the repair to ensure it’s fully topped up.
Which oil is right for your engine?
The answer to that question gets more complex every day. The latest engines are getting smaller and more powerful all the time, and manufacturers are specifying complex full synthetic oils to cope with higher engine pressures and meet fuel efficiency targets.
How to check your oil?
- Before checking your vehicles engine oil, it’s important to check the owner’s manual and make sure you have the correct type of oil for your car.
- Make sure you’re parked on a level surface and that your engine has been off for a while so it’s not hot – a cool engine gives the oil enough time to settle at the bottom of the sump, giving you a more accurate reading.
- Most cars will have a dipstick to give you a reading of the oil in the engine. It’s important to remove the dipstick first and wipe off any oil with a cloth.
- Then put the dipstick back in and when you remove it again, you’ll be able to see your oil level based on the maximum and minimum indicators.
- If your oil is below minimum, this could indicate that your engine is leaking, and you’ll need to add more oil immediately. However, you’ll need to be very careful not to overfill the oil as this could damage the engine.
- You need to remember, don’t just check the quantity of the oil, you should also check the quality! If the oil has changed from its normal amber colour to a milky colour or appears to contain any thick deposits, this could mean it’s contaminated and you should replace it.
What does an Engine Oil and Filter Change include?
A full oil change includes the following steps, to help maintain performance levels and protect the engine oil from contaminants that can build up over time:
- Engine oil drained
- Replacement sump plug washer
- Oil refill based on manufacturer’s recommendation.
- Replacement oil filter