Oil changes can be simple and basic, but if your mechanic discovers problems with your car during the oil change, you might get a list of terms you don’t understand.
What does it mean when your mechanic says that simple oil change might cost more because of a “bad head gasket” or “o-rings”? Why do you have to choose what kind of oil to use? These terms make much more sense once you understand what they mean.
A Lube, Oil & Filter Job
Oil changes are often described as a “lube, oil, and filter” job. This means:
- Your car will have all the old oil drained and replaced with new oil.
- The old oil filter is replaced with a new one.
- The chassis is lubricated.
Your vehicle’s oil filter is an important part of the system. An engine full of dirty oil will not have a long lifespan. The oil filter keeps dirt, rust, and other particles out of the system. All filters eventually get dirty and have to be replaced, so it’s considered a standard part of many oil change packages. Many lube, oil, and filter jobs also include checking and refilling the vehicle’s fluid levels including;
- Windshield wiper fluid
- Antifreeze or engine coolant
- Transmission fluid
- Power steering fluid
Your car should get an oil change once every four months or every 3,000, whichever comes first. This regular maintenance insures your vehicle stays in good condition and can help your mechanic