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When, Where, How and Why to Change Your Vehicle's Oil

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When, Where, How and Why to Change Your Vehicle's Oil

The Car Care Council reminds motorists that basic vehicle maintenance is an easy, inexpensive way to prolong the life of vehicles and avoid costly repairs down the road.

"When thinking about vehicle maintenance, regular oil changes likely come to mind first," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "A quick review of the why, when, where and how of changing your vehicle's oil is a good way to see the value of basic auto care."

Why
Motor oil lubricates the moving parts in your engine, preventing wear by keeping the engine clean, removing contaminants and regulating engine temperature to prevent overheating. Neglecting to check and change your vehicle's oil can lead to expensive repairs, including engine failure.

When
Check your vehicle owner's manual; most will recommend changing the oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. However, other factors such as harsh weather conditions, driving in stop-and-go traffic or on dusty/dirt roads, towing a trailer, driving at high speeds and the age of your vehicle can all bring down this time interval, making it a safe bet to have the oil checked at the lower end of the recommended interval.

Where
An oil change performed by a professional technician is a quick, low-cost vehicle service. When taking your car in for maintenance or repairs, be sure that the shop employs ASE certified technicians. ASE certification means that the technicians take their training seriously and have passed tests to demonstrate their skills.

How
Do-it-yourselfers can access the Car Care Council's website for an instructional video by Driverside on how to change your vehicle's oil.

To help drivers "be car care aware," the Car Care Council has many free tools available at www.carcare.org, including a free 80-page Car Care Guide and a customized service schedule with email reminders to make it easy to follow a routine auto care program.

Source: Car Care Council

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  • reviewiconTrustworthy Auto Repairs
    Wilmington, NC
    , 03/30/2020

    I have a small business in town and I have them work on company vehicles and personal, wouldn't think of having another shop service my vehicles.

  • reviewiconTrustworthy Auto Repairs
    Wilmington, NC
    , 03/12/2020

    Great place. 1st time here got my flat tire fixed super quick with a great price. I recommend. They do everything here.

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  • reviewiconThe best in Wilmington!!
    Wilmington, NC
    , 02/18/2020

    They always find what's wrong with my car. I've never been shocked by the amount charged. They keep you posted step by step and what it'll cost!! I only use them for my repairs, inspections, all that's involved with my car!!! Also the friendliness and professionalism of everyone there is awesome!! The best in Wilmington!!

  • reviewiconThe best in Wilmington!!
    Wilmington, NC
    , 02/26/2020

    I was very pleased with Lunar Low's prompt service and fair pricing. I was able to get my car in on the same day that I called, and it took them less than 30 minutes to diagnose the issue and give an estimate. An hour later, the work was complete. Very happy with David's professionalism and Wayne's explanation of what he saw with my car.

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    I could not be happier with my experience at Lunar Low. It was great taking my car to a shop I could trust and the cost was a fraction of the quote I had gotten at another shop. I would not hesitate to take my car back to David and Wayne. As a female it is great to have a place I can trust!!!

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    Took my Jeep to these guys on a recommendation from a friend and after 2 visits (for separate issues), my jeep is on the road again with no issues that I can find. I had my transfer case replaced, front differential rebuilt and an axle bearing replaced. They didn't promise more than they could deliver and delivered on what they "promised" and they're very competitively priced. I would not think twice to take my jeep there for repairs. Thanks Lunar Low for a job well done.

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