It is important to change your truck’s oil when it needs it. For conventional oil users, this is every 3,000 miles. For synthetic oil users, this is every 5,000 miles. Stick to the schedule that applies to you to get the longest life out of your truck. Motor oil protects the engine, lubricates it, keeps it cool, and keeps a clean. Here are signs that the oil needs to be changed in your truck.
Illuminated Oil Light
One of the first things that will happen is the oil light will turn on. This is your engine control unit telling you that it is time to change the oil. As an aside, this light will also turn on if the oil level is too low. In addition, you will get an oil warning light if the oil pressure is too low.
As we mentioned above, the oil lubricates the engine. Consequently, if the oil has lost its viscosity or the level is too low, your engine may knock and your vehicle may vibrate. This is because the engine cannot run smoothly because the metal parts are grinding and wearing against each other.
Oil That Is Dark Brown
If you are not certain that your oil needs to be changed, check the color of the motor oil on the dipstick when the engine is cold. If the motor oil is dark, it needs to be changed. The color of the motor oil should always be light brown. Some people even think the color is amber.
Not Enough Oil
While you are checking the oil, you may see that the oil level is low. This is a sign that the oil is too old and some of it has burned away. It can also be a sign that you have an oil leak. Bring your truck to our shop right away if the oil level is too low so we can inspect the engine.
Finally, we also mentioned above that the motor oil keeps the engine clean. If the oil is dirty, and, as such, your engine is dirty, you will end up with exhaust flowing out of the tailpipe. You may also be able to smell burning oil inside your truck.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you need to have the oil changed in your truck. We would be happy to change the motor oil and replace the oil filter to restore your engine’s efficiency.