All About Oil Changes

Oil Changes Q&A At Mercedes-Benz of Denverr

Oil changes are probably the most frequent – and most needed – routine maintenance you can perform for your vehicle.

Here we have answers to some of the most asked questions about this vital procedure.

Why Should I Change My Vehicle’s Oil?

Motor oil is the component that lubricates your engine. As part of doing its job, it also picks up and removes dirt and other unwanted substances from the various parts. That’s why it goes in golden and comes out pitch black. These contaminants are cycled through the oil filter which removes them from the oil, allowing clean oil to continue moving through the engine.

Over time, the oil filter no longer becomes effective at cleaning out these contaminants and the oil becomes less capable of doing its job. This is why it’s not only important to regularly change your oil, but also change your oil filter, too. Changing your oil can also improve your gas mileage.

What’s The Difference Between Regular Oil And Synthetic Oil?

Conventional motor oil is a by-product from crude oil. Synthetic oil, however, is engineered with several other lubricants that increase the oil’s ability to keep engine parts slick, especially at high temperatures. Additionally, synthetic oil has been engineered to reduce long-term wear and tear on the engine, making it last longer.

Ultimately, it comes down to price and your vehicle’s specific design. Synthetic oil costs more, but it could save you money in the long run. If you’re still unsure, talk to one of our Service Center advisors and learn which kind of motor oil is best for your vehicle.

How Often Should I Change Oil?

Most vehicles need the oil and the filter changed every 3,000 miles or every 3 months. However, it depends on your driving conditions and driving habits as well. If you live in an area with mild weather conditions and your driving habits are fairly regular and consistent, then you can go as long as 5,000 miles or 6 months. But, if you live in an area with severe weather conditions and your driving habits are rough and rugged, then you might need monthly oil changes to ensure your engine remains healthy. Most manufacturers recommend you don’t postpone your oil change any longer than 7,500 miles or 6 months.

What Are The Signs That My Oil Needs Changing?

1. The “Oil Can” or “Check Engine” icons on your dashboard are lit.

2. The oil is very dark and dirty when you remove your engine’s dipstick. (If you don’t know how to do this, check your owner’s manual or ask one of the service techs here at Mercedes-Benz of Denver.)

If you also notice that the oil level is low, that’s not only a sign it’s time for an oil change, it may also indicate that you have a leak somewhere in your system.

3. There is smoke coming from your exhaust.

4. Loud or irregular engine noise and knocking.

5. There is the smell of oil inside your vehicle.

How Important Is Changing My Oil?

Changing the oil in your vehicle regularly is vital for its longevity. Going long periods of time without an oil change causes dirt and impurities to build up in your engine. This reduces efficiency, performance and can even damage key components of your engine. The worst case being your engine burning away all the oil and seizing up, necessitating a complete replacement of the engine.

Avoid the headache and potential heartache of having to buy a new engine and instead complete your regular maintenance schedule with Mercedes-Benz of Denver.

Visit Mercedes-Benz Of Denver Today

The factory-trained technicians in our Service Center know how to keep your vehicle running in peak condition.

Schedule your next oil change at Mercedes-Benz of Denver and drive with complete peace of mind.