Spring Cleaning: The Perfect Time for an Oil Change

Oil Change Rohnert ParkRecently, as that “new school” almanac, the Google doodle, reminded us, the sun rose in the sky for the spring equinox . While the groundhog may have predicted six more weeks of winter back in February, this seasonal turning point means that it is time to pull out your checklist for spring cleaning. Get ready to air out lighter linens, clean each room from top to bottom, and do not forget your vehicle. When you’re already focused on organizing every aspect of your life for a fresh start, it is an ideal time to take care of basic car maintenance, especially an oil change. Here is the “when, why and how” for planning your spring oil change.

WHY: Changing your oil is more affordable than buying a new engine.
Many people do not realize how may functions your car’s oil performs. It protects your engine, and lubricates parts to keep them from creating dangerous heat and friction as they move together. It also keeps your engine clean by breaking down deposits and other debris before they clog or damage the engine. It is also responsible for helping to cool your engine, by cooling the friction caused by several moving parts in and around your engine, such as the crankshaft and pistons. If you don’t change your oil, it will not be able to perform one or more of these functions and you will end up purchasing expensive engine parts instead.

WHEN: Honda and Acura dealers recommend 5,000 to 7,000 miles, and to look for other “symptoms.”
Older cars had to get oil changes every 3,000 miles, and some outdated advice still recommends that. The reason cars no longer need changes this often is because motor oil is more advanced and can keep an engine lubricated and remove debris for two to four thousand extra miles. Now, the recommendation for Hondas is an oil change every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, depending on driving conditions, pollution, and other factors that might stress your vehicle. Those familiar with Acuras also recommend that beyond the 5,000-mile rule of thumb, owners watch for signs that an oil change might be necessary. These could include a burnt oil odor or noises coming from your vehicle’s engine.

HOW: Simply take your vehicle to a trusted auto repair shop specializing in oil changes for foreign vehicles.
If you have a newer Honda or Acura, you will usually find it more convenient and economical to find a trusted auto shop. Finding one that specializes in foreign models ensures that you have a professional who understands the oil you need. For newer models, certain synthetic blends are necessary to make the most of the vehicle’s advertised fuel economy, instead of traditional motor oil.

Get your home ready for tulip blooms, and clean off your outdoor furniture, but most of all, don’t forget to schedule your spring oil change.