Oil Change Service Overview

February 3rd, 2023 by

Getting your oil changed is a standard of the car-owning experience, but understanding exactly what that means and when to do it can be complicated. We here at Bachman Volkswagen are ready to demystify the process so you can take charge of your vehicle’s oil maintenance with confidence. As experts in the auto industry, we can help you understand everything you need to know about how to manage your oil change service visits.

What Is an Oil Change?

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When you take your car in for an oil change, your mechanic removes the old oil and replaces it with a fresh batch. During the oil change process, your mechanic may also take the opportunity to do a safety inspection of the different parts that make up the oil system in your engine. This process is sometimes called an oil change service and can be a great way to ensure your engine remains in good shape. It can also help you catch minor problems with the engine before they expand into major and costly repairs, saving you money in the long run.

The oil in your engine helps keep it lubricated and running smoothly. Over time, the oil in your car can pick up debris or begin to break down, causing it to lubricate less effectively. This can lead to your engine running less efficiently or even overheating. That’s why it’s important to change the oil regularly, according to your vehicle handbook.

Types of Oil Changes

This might come as a surprise, but there is more than one type of oil change. The type you choose depends in part on your preferences and in part on the type of oil your car, truck, or SUV uses. Here is a quick overview of some of the most common types of oil change to help improve your knowledge:

  • Conventional Oil Change: Conventional oil can help keep petroleum-based engines lubricated and running smoothly. Many standard or older vehicles use this reliable oil option.
  • Semi-Synthetic Oil Change: Semi-synthetic oil is a petroleum-based offering that also incorporates some synthetic oil qualities. Some customers may prefer this option over conventional oil because it can offer additional performance and longevity.
  • Full Synthetic Oil Change: This oil uses synthetic ingredients to create a longer life for the oil, and fewer oil changes for the driver. Some vehicles require full synthetic oil changes, including new and high-performance vehicles.
  • Diesel Oil Change: Diesel engines require their own special oil change procedure. So if you drive a diesel-model Volkswagen, it’s important to find a technician who understands how to treat it properly.

To determine which type of oil change is best for your vehicle, you can bring it in to us at Bachman Volkswagen, and our trained professionals will help you make the best possible choice to support your engine.

What Parts Does an Oil Change Involve?

First, during your oil change, the mechanic will drain the old oil and change the oil filter. They do this by inserting a drain plug and oil pan to collect the old oil and remove the old filter. After installing the new filter, they can replace the oil with a new batch, according to your car’s needs and your preferences. After the new oil is in place, they may also lubricate parts of the car chassis that frequently rub together to prevent wear and tear.

If you opt for a full oil change service, the mechanic might also check the cabin air filters to ensure they’re in good shape and install new ones if necessary. In some cases, they might also check other elements of your car that can benefit from regular inspection like brake pads, tires, and other fluid levels, like those of the coolant, antifreeze, brakes, and power steering. You can also use this opportunity to check your wiper blades, battery, and washer fluid levels.

How Often Should I Get My Oil Changed?

The exact amount of time you should let pass between oil changes will depend on the make and model of your vehicle. You can check your owner’s manual to learn about the recommendations for your vehicle, then create a scheduled to remind yourself when the time comes to take your car in for service. The way you drive can also impact how often you should change your oil. For example, the following types of driving might result in your car being ready for an oil change before your user manual recommends:

  • Driving in extreme heat or regularly in higher temperatures.
  • Towing heavy loads, particularly if you do so frequently.
  • Driving with a high number of stops, including those incurred in stop-and-go traffic.
  • High-mileage driving, either for work or for pleasure.

In general, cars using conventional oil might benefit from an oil change every 3,000 miles or so of travel, while those using synthetic or semi-synthetic oil might last between 7,500 and 10,000 miles before it’s time for an oil change. If you don’t drive enough to hit those types of mileages within a year, it’s recommended for most vehicles to get an oil change approximately every six months.

Why Get Your Oil Changed at Bachman Volkswagen

When your vehicle is ready for an oil change, you can rely on us at Bachman Volkswagen for all your oil change service needs. Our experts are certified technicians with the knowledge and expertise to offer the best possible care for your vehicle. Our dealership has been serving the Louisville area for more than 30 years, and we look forward to adding you to our list of satisfied customers.

We hope this overview of the oil change process has answered all of your nagging questions regarding your vehicle’s oil maintenance. Are you realizing it’s time to take your car in for an oil change service visit? You can schedule a service with us at Bachman Volkswagen today, and we’ll have you ready to hit the road in no time. We look forward to working with you soon.

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