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Does Your Car Need an Oil Change?

oilchangeThe oil change service is arguably the most important preventative maintenance you can do on your vehicle. Every six months, or around every 5,000 to 6,000 miles, your Honda vehicle will be in need of this vital service. But why is it so important? And how do you know when it’s time for an oil change for your specific vehicle? These are questions we get often, and we’ll answer here.

Keep reading to learn how you can protect your vehicle from unnecessary wear and tear with an oil change from Braman Honda of Palm Beach.

An Oil Change Service Prevents Future Damage

We call the oil change service a “preventative maintenance” service because if done regularly, it can prevent major problems on your vehicle. There are several issues that can occur if you miss your oil change service, including:

  • Lower fuel economy
  • Lack of performance
  • Transmission damage
  • Transmission failure
  • Engine overheating
  • Engine damage
  • Engine failure

While some of these may not seem like a big deal, like lower fuel economy, they’re symptoms of a much greater problem. When it gets to the engine overheating or transmission damage, you have a serious problem on your hands that’ll require a significant investment to remedy. So, what should you do?

Five Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change

The best way to prevent serious damage from occurring on your vehicle is to get regular oil changes that line up with the maintenance schedule in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If you want to know what to watch for in your vehicle, we’ve put together a list of the top five oil change signs to look for in your vehicle.

Sign #1: Your Oil Light Illuminates

 If your oil light turns on (or any dashboard light), you need to check it out as soon as possible to determine exactly what the problem is. The oil light means you need an oil change.

Sign #2: Your Fuel Economy Is Lower

If you’re filling up more often than you usually do, it’s probably because your engine is working too hard with not enough lubrication.

Sign #3: Your Vehicle Is Slow to Accelerate

If your normally spritely vehicle is feeling a little like it hasn’t had its morning coffee, it may need a little lubrication from fresh motor oil.

Sign #4: Your Engine Is Louder on Acceleration than Normal 

If you accelerate and notice your engine is very loud, or just louder than normal, it’s a sign your engine is working harder than normal.

Sign #4: Your Engine Is Louder on Idle than Normal 

If you notice your engine is a bit louder than usual when you’re sitting at a red light, it probably is.

Schedule an Oil Change at Braman Honda of Palm Beach Today

If you’ve noticed any of the signs we listed above, it’s time to get an oil change service on the books for your vehicle near Boca Raton, Greenacres, and Palm Beach. You can make an oil change service appointment online at the service department at Braman Honda of Palm Beach to save time and get a high-quality service.

Schedule an oil change service now at Braman Honda of Palm Beach to prevent engine damage on your Honda vehicle.