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Oil changes: When and why are they needed?

In Maintenance by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Car costs can add up.

Maintaining your vehicle through regular oil changes is one way you can prevent engine damage — and essentially — cut down on future spending.

Some cars burn oil overtime. If a vehicle doesn’t run on the correct amount of oil, the oil won’t be able to lubricate engine components. Items actuated by oil pressure also won’t work as efficiently. 

We suggest having it replaced every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. 

Types of oil available

Different oil change options are available. Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire used to carry multiple oil types, such as regular oil and semi-synthetic oil. 

Last year, we switched to full synthetic oil, which has lowered the cost of synthetic oil for oil changes. Synthetic oil helps extend the lifespan of engines that normally operate on regular or semi-synthetic oil.

We also offer Mobil 1, an oil option that is used in various cars, including BMWs and Mercedes.

What happens during our oil changes

In addition to changing the oil and oil filter, we also perform a tire rotation and conduct a courtesy check during an oil change.  When doing a courtesy inspection, we look over parts of the car, such as the lights and brakes.

Our technicians can write notes about the car in a digital inspection.

The inspection report, which also provides information about the car and recommendations, can be accessed by our customers via email or text.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.