Signs Your Oil Needs Changing

Getting your oil changed is a super simple, cost-efficient way of keeping up with your car's maintenance and ensuring it has a long, healthy life. However, sometimes we get caught up in our busy lives running around Devon, West Chester, and Conshohocken, and forget about our car's upkeep.

Fortunately, our cars will tell us when they're feeling sick. Our team at Audi Devon has put together five signs your oil needs changing-just in case that little mileage tag on your window falls off.

Oil Change - How Do You Know?

Just like we wouldn't want to be drinking dirty water, your car can't run properly on dirty oil. Keeping the oil clean helps keep your car happy and running smoothly. If your car does need an oil change, it will more than likely show one of these five signs:

 1. Check engine/oil light turns on

This is a dead giveaway. When the check engine light turns on, you know something is up with your car. Depending on your model, you may have either a check engine light or an oil light come on. Consult your owner's manual to see what symbol to look for so that you know before it even pops on.

 2. Dirty oil

If you think you need an oil change but aren't sure, you can always check the oil itself by looking at the oil dipstick under the hood. When the oil is extra dark, that means it's dirty and needs to be changed. Clean oil is usually a very light brown, almost an amber color.

 3. Exhaust smoke

Smoke coming from your tailpipe is another warning sign of a needed oil change. It could mean an oil leak or that something is off with the engine.

 4. Oil smell

 You should never smell oil inside of your car; this could indicate a leak or that your car is overheating. This can be a serious issue, so if you're smelling oil, then get to your auto technician ASAP.

 5. Noisy/louder engine

If your engine sounds louder than usual or is making odd noises, this is also a sign that you need an oil change. The noisiness could be coming from metal-against-metal in the engine if there is little to no oil keeping the parts separated. This is best to take care of right away as the noise will just increase and lack of oil could cause serious damage to your engine.

Schedule an Oil Change Today!

Keeping up with regular oil changes is simple, and really saves you money in the long run by catching smaller problems before they turn into bigger issues.

If you are in the area of Devon, West Chester, or Conshohocken and have any more questions about getting your car an oil change, feel free to contact our service department at Audi Devon. You can either give us a call at (888) 482-0395 or schedule a service appointment online.

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