1280 × 885Getting regular oil changes is one of the most important aspects of responsible Mazda service. Keeping fresh oil in your car’s engine keeps your car running smoothly, improves fuel-efficiency, and improves the longevity of your car. While we recommend following the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for oil changes, there are certain signs that your car needs an oil change.

Your Dashboard Light is Blinking

Depending on the make and model of your Mazda car, the dashboard’s check engine or check oil light will illuminate when you need an oil change. Not only does the check oil light mean that you need an oil change, but it also indicates a potential problem with an existing mechanical issues. In most cases, an oil change will solve the problem, but sometimes your oil pressure could be low as well.

Oil Looks Dark and Dirty

If you’re wondering if your car is in need of an oil change and cannot remember the last time you went to the mechanic at our Olathe Mazda dealership, look under the hood. Find the vehicle’s dipstick, remove it, and check the color of the oil. Clean oil has an amber color. As the oil gets dirtier, it will take on a darker appearance. Dirty oil cannot properly lubricate your engine parts and needs to be changed.

Unusual Engine Sounds and Performance

The final sign is related to changes with your engine performance. If you’re getting fewer miles per gallon, it could mean that your engine oil is old. Also, dirty oil or low oil pressure will cause your engine to make a loud knocking or rapping sound.

If you’re noticing any of the above signs, be sure to schedule an oil change at Tumminia Mazda.

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