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The Importance of Changing Your Oil and What Can Go Wrong

Importance of changing your oilLearning the importance of changing your oil will only help you extend the life of your vehicle.

The oil in your car not only lubricates the working parts that keep it moving and the engine, but it also absorbs heat, ensuring that your vehicle doesn’t become too hot and break down.

That is why the importance of changing your oil really cannot be understated. Without fresh oil, many aspects of your vehicle can be affected and even break entirely, causing you costly repairs – or worse – a collision.

Additionally, any dirt or grit that makes its way into your car can get into the oil, ultimately spreading throughout the inside of your car. Simply replacing your old oil with fresh oil should wash out most of this debris.

Fortunately, oil is easy to check and replace, and most vehicles come with an owner’s manual that specifically states how frequently the oil needs to be changed. Of course, if you drive on harsher roads than average, you may want to change the oil more frequently.

If you are ever worried about the state of your oil, be sure to have it checked out by a professional. For more service information, contact us at Steet-Ponte Mazda.

How to Change the Oil in Your Car

How to Change the OilYou can always take your car to a mechanic to get an oil change, but knowing how to change the oil yourself is a useful skill. Keeping up with oil changes is an important part of keeping your car healthy and your engine going for as long as possible.

First, make sure you get the right type of oil for your car, which you can find in the owner’s manual. Don’t be cheap when it comes to the filter—the better ones aren’t much more expensive, and they do last much longer and will save you money in the long run.

When you go to change the oil, jack your car up, climb under, and put a pan under the drain plug to catch the oil. Next, use a wrench to unscrew the drain plug.

Once the oil has drained out, put the drain plug back in and tighten it, being careful to avoid stripping it. Then remove the oil filter and install the new one, and you’re done under the hood. Pour in your oil, screw on the filter cap, and voila!

How to Winterize Your Car

Let’s face it, here in upstate New York, we face some of the toughest winters in the country. Every year around this time, we begin dusting off our snow boots and digging those heavy winter coats out of the closet. As we prepare ourselves for the bitter cold temperatures headed our way, let’s not forget about our cars.

Winter is a tough season for your car. Below-freezing temperatures, salty roads, and heavy ice and snow can wreak havoc if you don’t properly prepare and maintain your vehicle through the winter months.

Here are our tips on how to winterize your car:

Check your oil. The oil that should be used in your engine is dependent on how hot or how cold your engine is running. During the winter months you’ll want to switch over to thinner, less viscous oil. Refer to your owner’s manual or check with your service department to see what is best for your car.

Winterize Your Car - Steet Ponte MazdaRefresh engine coolant. Your engine coolant not only keeps your engine cool, but also protects your engine against corrosion. Make sure you have a coolant that’s appropriate for winter (contains ethylene glycol), and make sure you have the ideal coolant to water ratio for winter.

Check your battery. Cold weather is rough on car batteries, so before the temperatures dip uncomfortably low, have your battery tested. If your battery is at the end of its life, get it replaced sooner rather than later – you don’t want to be caught in a snow storm with a battery that won’t start.

Get snow tires. Utica receives more snow than almost anywhere else in the United States, so if there’s one thing you want to do before winter, its get snow tires. These tires are specifically engineered to grip to snowy and icy roads, offering more traction and control.

Replace windshield wipers: Make sure you have wipers that cleanly wipe away water, snow and ice. Old wipers can leave behind moisture that can obstruct your view.

Create an emergency safety kit. Make sure you keep a flashlight, car cell phone charger, water, high-energy snacks, blanket, gloves, sand or kitty litter, and small shovel in your car, just in case.

For more tips on how to prepare your car for winter, visit dmv.org.

Ready to make an appointment to get your car all set for the season? Call 866-207-5035, visit our service department online, or stop by Steet Ponte Mazda today!