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Oil Change in Covina, CA

Oil Change in Covina, CA | TL Motors Inc.

An oil change in Covina, CA at TL Motors sounds simple, but there are some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge in your engine and extending the life of your vehicle.

Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly. Literally, petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely. And that means expensive engine repairs. Regular oil changes are important to switch out the detergents and other additives in the oil which break down over time to clean oil.

The owner's manual, based on the manufacturer, typically provides guidelines regarding the mileage intervals between oil changes. They also typically will give an alternative time frame to mileage, like the number of months recommended between oil changes. These are based on using the recommended weight of oil. If your vehicle originally came from a factory with synthetic oil, it's assumed that you'll continue to use synthetic for the recommended intervals.

Additionally, driving habits play a significant role. Most owner's manuals outline driving conditions that can accelerate wear and tear on your vehicle. Things like stop-and-go driving in Covina, short trips to Azusa, driving in very hot or very cold weather, heavy loads, and towing. Based on your driving habits, you may need to change your vehicle's oil and complete other maintenance on a shorter schedule.

This may sound complicated. Some vehicles have an oil life calculator that takes all of these factors into account and tells you when you should change your oil. Otherwise, talk with your service advisor at TL Motors about how you drive and get their recommendation for when to get an oil change in Covina, CA.

Finally, if any of the steering or suspension parts can be lubed, your technician at TL Motors will take care of that with a lube, oil and filter service.