Your vehicle probably wasn’t cheap. Even old and used vehicles are relatively pricey compared to other things in our life. It’s important to keep your vehicles up and running smoothly, and that means regular Idaho Falls oil changes and auto repair when necessary.
The Importance of Regularly Changing Your Oil
First, you need to understand what exactly oil does for your vehicle. Your engine is comprised of many different components, many of which are moving at a high rate of speed in order to keep your vehicle running. If these various components weren’t properly lubricated with the right oil, all of that speed would create a lot of friction, which would, in turn, create heat and damage these components beyond repair.
Too many people put off getting an Idaho Falls oil change until the last minute. Not only does this get you dangerously close to having your engine overheat (the damage from which likely resulting in permanent damage), but it also can reduce the overall lifespan of your vehicle as well.
As your oil does its work, over time, it begins to collect a lot of dirt, grime, and debris. It becomes sludgy and saturated with harsh particles, which will begin to damage the components of your engine. Not only that, but dirty oil also functions as a heat insulator. The whole purpose of oil is to keep your engine cool, and dirty oil has the opposite effect. Eventually, your engine’s components will begin to warp and break down. Once your engine overheats, most people find it less expensive to simply scrap their vehicle and purchase a new one, rather than try to replace the engine.
At C&S Auto Repair, we can change your engine’s oil in no time. We will swap out your old, sludgy oil with clean oil that’s ideal for your vehicle and the time of year. Our Idaho Falls oil change services will provide you the following benefits:
- Keep your engine components cool and prevent friction, damage, and overheating.
- Keep your vehicle running longer, helping you get the most out of it. You might be putting off an oil change because you just can’t afford it right now, but changing your oil regularly will save you money in the long-run.
When You Should Change Your Oil
Now that we’ve explained why you should change your oil, we may as well tell you when this should be done.
While there is no universally agreed upon answer, the most common answer from the experts is that your oil should be changed once every 3,000 miles. Many owner’s manuals will also claim you can get away with changing it every 5,000 miles. Also, Consumer Reports have shown that there is no real difference between 3,000 and 7000 miles in terms of protecting your vehicle’s engine.
If your vehicle is regularly hauling other vehicles, or you live in a hot climate, you will need to change it more regularly.
Idaho Falls Auto Repair
Over time, things break down. When this happens to our vehicles, the ramifications are pretty far-reaching. We need our vehicles to get along with things in the modern world. At C&S Auto Repair, we offer the following auto repair services.
Engine services are a major part of our Idaho Falls auto repair. We will analyze all of your engine’s components and fluids, and make adjustments where appropriate. If you hear strange sounds, have low oil pressure, notice too much smoke coming from the tailpipe, or if something just “doesn’t feel right”, bring it in and we can diagnose and solve the problem.
Our mechanics will:
- Inspect your spark plugs
- Check to see if the oil needs to be replaced
- Inspect all belts, fluids, hoses, filters, brakes, and emissions
- Check your oil and coolant levels.
- Inspect the engine timing and idle.
- Inspect the PCV valve for leaks or clogs.
- Inspect points and condenser.
Our transmission work is catered to your vehicle’s manufacturer’s specifications. This way we can ensure the best services possible for your specific vehicle. Our transmission services can usually be completed in a single afternoon.
This is one of the most important parts of our Idaho Falls auto repair services. Without properly functioning breaks, your life and the lives of others are at risk. We can properly maintain, repair, and replace your brakes, or any specific components of your brake system. The specific make and model of your vehicle doesn’t matter. We can do what it takes to keep you driving (and stopping) safely.
Your suspension system is what allows your vehicle to “hug the road” as you drive, keeping it stable and smooth. It’s what maintains your vehicle’s balance and center of gravity. When something goes wrong with your suspension, your vehicle will vibrate, sway, and wobble as you stop or round corners. Our Idaho Falls auto repair services include aligning your wheels and repairing or replacing any damaged suspension component.
Without heating and cooling, our daily commutes would sometimes be a real nightmare. In Idaho Falls, auto repair often includes HVAC services. We can diagnose problems with your heating core and air conditioning system and make the necessary repairs. This can include unclogging certain areas, fixing them, cleaning them, or replacing them altogether. Once we’re done, you’ll be driving away with a vehicle that can keep you comfortable as you drive.