Oil Changes in Portsmouth, NH

 

Jeeps are built to last, but they need proper maintenance to ensure their longevity. Regular maintenance also provides additional protection when you are putting your Jeep through its paces out on the trails. Bournival Jeep offers full maintenance services for all Jeep models, as well as other vehicles, to ensure healthy performance for years to come.

One of the most important things you can do for your vehicle is to get regular oil changes. It's a fast and simple service, but it's one that is often neglected or overlooked, leading to bigger problems for the vehicle. Partner with Bournival Jeep to create the right oil change schedule for your vehicle, and enjoy many more years of reliable performance as a result.

What Happens during an Oil Change?

An oil change is a relatively simple process. During the service, the old oil is drained and removed from the vehicle. This oil is usually dirty with contaminants, and it can be quite dark and thick. The old oil filter is also removed. While these are removed, the mechanic will also inspect engine components for signs of wear, an oil leak, or other issues. If any problems are discovered, the mechanic would consult with you to recommend any needed repairs.

If no issues are found, a new oil filter will be installed and new oil will be filled. Your mechanic will recommend the appropriate oil type, dependent on your vehicle model, your driving habits, and local conditions.

Many mechanics include extra services with your oil change, such as checking your other vital fluids. Ask about what your oil change service includes and what other packages are available if you want to take care of additional maintenance needs in the same visit.

The Importance of Regular Oil Changes

Oil changes are deceptively simple, and it is easy to put them off. The consequences of delaying or skipping an oil change are not immediate, so many people don't think much of veering off schedule. However, the long-term consequences of delaying or skipping oil changes can be disastrous, costing you thousands of dollars in repairs and leaving you stranded.

Oil helps to keep your vehicle lubricated for proper functioning. Specifically, it lubricates the pistons and connecting rods in your engine to reduce friction and heat. When your oil gets low, or when it gets too dirty to move freely and to do its job properly, these parts won't be able to move together as easily. The engine can become overheated, and parts may fail. You could end up with major engine trouble - and it all could have been avoided with a simple, 30-minute service that you get a few times a year. Failing to get the recommended oil changes and other maintenance for your vehicle can also void your warranty.

Don't wait until you're looking at an expensive problem with your engine before you realize the importance of regular oil changes and maintenance. Contact Bournival Jeep to set up a maintenance schedule with your vehicle's needs in mind.

How Often Should You Get an Oil Change?

Recommendations are changing for how frequently you should get an oil change. The long-established recommendation has been to get an oil change at least every 3,000 miles or three months - whichever comes first. Oil can get dirty from use or from environmental contaminants, so both time and driving frequency are important.

With improvements in vehicle design and the quality of oil available, some automakers have changed their recommendations for oil changes to as much as every 5,000 miles. Some say that the frequency depends on how much you drive, what kind of environmental conditions you're dealing with, and other factors. For example, you may need more frequent oil changes if you regularly carry heavy load, if you live in a very hot or dusty climate, or if you are regularly in stop-and-go traffic.

The service technicians at Bournival Jeep can consult with you to understand your driving habits and the particular needs of your vehicle to give you a recommended service schedule, not just for your oil changes but for other important services. Adhering to this schedule will keep your vehicle in top health for as long as possible.

What Kind of Oil Should You Use?

The manual for every vehicle will include the recommended oil type. In most cases, simply using the recommended oil will be enough to keep your vehicle healthy.

However, if your car has gotten on in years, or if you regularly engage in driving practices that put a lot of wear on your vehicle, you may need a specialty oil that offers protective properties. Synthetic oils, for example, are designed to withstand breakdown and to last longer under high temperatures (where there is a lot of friction).

The best way to know what kind of oil will work best in your vehicle is to talk with an experienced mechanic. The certified and experienced mechanics at Bournival Jeep can assess your vehicle and your driving habits to recommend the right oil for your vehicle. With the right oil and the right maintenance schedule, you can give your vehicle the best shot at a long and healthy life.

Between service visits, you should get in the habit of checking your oil to make sure it is at a healthy level and that the color and consistency are good. You should also pay attention to any changes in your vehicle and report them right away. Any leaks or changes in vehicle performance should be addressed right away to prevent bigger problems from happening.

Schedule Your Oil Change with Bournival Jeep Today

The service center at Bournival Jeep offers routine maintenance services such as oil changes, as well as more intensive repairs for Jeeps and other vehicles. We offer convenient online scheduling to meet your needs. Schedule an appointment for your oil change or to talk with an experienced service technician about developing a maintenance plan tailored to your vehicle. We're ready to help you protect your investment and get years more enjoyment from your vehicle.