Signs You Need an Oil Change

Signs You Need an Oil Change
Every six months, your vehicle will need an oil change. Sometimes, though, it can be sooner than that if you have a problem going on under the hood. Thankfully, there are a few different ways to spot these problems before they wreak havoc on your engine system.

Below, we at BMW of Arlington will give you a detailed breakdown of all the signs you should look for when you think your vehicle may need an oil change. Drivers in Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth should read ahead to learn more about the signs you need an oil change!

Your “Check Engine” Dashboard Light Is On

First and foremost, you should check your dashboard when you suspect that your vehicle may need an oil change. Your dashboard lights are designed to tell you when there’s something wrong with your vehicle.

 Signs You Need an Oil ChangeIn this instance, a light shaped like an engine or like an oil can will light up when there’s something going on with your oil. When you see this light come up on your dashboard, give your technician a call right away.

You Hear Strange Noises from Under the Hood

Your engine oil is responsible for keeping all the moving parts of the engine lubricated and running smoothly. When your oil is in bad shape, certain components can dry up, which can cause friction between these moving parts.

This friction usually causes a racket. Specifically, you’ll hear sounds like knocking and grinding, which will indicate that it’s time to check on your engine oil.

Your Engine Oil Level Is Low

If you still have a hunch that your oil system is experiencing a problem but you’re not hearing noises or seeing a dashboard light come up, it’s time to take a peek under the hood. Check to see if your oil level is low by removing the oil dipstick.

First, clean the dipstick off and stick it back in for a clean read. When you pull it back out, the oil line should fall between the minimum (“MIN”) and the maximum (“MAX”) lines. If it’s not, this is probably what’s causing your problems.

Your Engine Oil Is Discolored

 Signs You Need an Oil ChangeWhile you’re under the hood, you should also check to see if what kind of condition your engine oil is in. It won’t do you any good to have just the right amount of bad oil. Look at the cloth you cleaned the oil dipstick off with.

It should look clear yellow-ish in color and be smooth like liquid. If it’s darker in color and/or in any way gritty, it’s time for your next oil change.

Time for Your Next Oil Change?

We at BMW of Arlington hope you got all the information you were looking for about the signs of needing an oil change and we hope you’ll think of us when it’s time for your next one. Think that time might be now? Give us a call today. Drivers in Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth can also stop by on their way through town!