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Mastering Your Auto Care - Oil Changes & Beyond

Maintaining your vehicle's performance and longevity requires more than just the occasional oil change. By strategically combining additional procedures with your oil change, you can optimize your shop visit and ensure comprehensive care for your prized possession. Let's take a look at a few things that can be done while you are at the shop!

Should I Consider Any Oil Additives?

When you think about an oil change, it's important to consider the quality of the oil itself. This is where oil additives come into play. These specialized additives are designed to enhance the properties of the engine oil, providing superior lubrication and protection.

By incorporating oil additives during your oil change, you can experience benefits such as improved fuel efficiency, reduced engine wear, and extended oil life. The additives create a protective barrier on engine surfaces, minimizing friction and promoting smoother operation.

Oil Filter Change: Preserving Clean Oil Flow

An oil filter change is an indispensable procedure to complement your oil change. The oil filter captures contaminants and debris that accumulate in the oil over time. Combining an oil filter change with your oil change ensures that fresh, clean oil circulates through your engine, optimizing its performance and preventing the buildup of harmful particles. This tandem procedure safeguards your engine against potential damage and ensures a longer lifespan for your vehicle.

Oil Pan, Gaskets, and Seals

The engine oil pan is a crucial component that holds the oil and facilitates its circulation. During your oil change, taking a moment to inspect the oil pan, seals, and gaskets can reveal any signs of leaks, cracks, or damage. Detecting such issues early on can prevent oil leaks that might lead to engine overheating and significant repair costs. Including an engine oil pan inspection with your oil change contributes to a proactive approach to vehicle maintenance, safeguarding your engine's health.

Oil Health Diagnostic

Incorporating oil health diagnostics as part of your oil change routine offers a deep insight into your engine's condition. This procedure involves analyzing the used oil for indicators of engine wear, contamination, and degradation. By evaluating the oil's viscosity, consistency, and presence of metal particles, technicians can identify potential issues such as engine wear, fuel dilution, or coolant leaks. If your repair shop doesn't offer this service, there are a few online variants that only need a small sample of your oil - ask the mechanics performing the oil change to put a little used oil in a cup or clean plastic container.

Oil Changes, Inspection, and General Vehicle Care at Longview Auto & Tire!

Remember that preventive maintenance goes a long way in preventing costly repairs down the line. By integrating these procedures, you're not only taking care of your vehicle's immediate needs but also ensuring its sustained health and performance for years to come. That's why we invite you to come by our shop for any of your upcoming maintenance tasks! 

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