An oil change at your local Azusa CA auto shop: Sounds simple, but there’s some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge.
Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly. Literally – petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely. And that means expensive engine repairs.
That’s why you need to change the oil and oil filter on schedule – to get the old oil out before it turns to sludge. Your BMW car manufacturer will have a recommendation for how many miles you can go between oil changes. They also usually have a number of months between recommended oil changes. That’s because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down over time.
Your owner’s manual will also have a recommendation for time and mileage, but you need to remember that it’s based on using the recommended weight of oil. And if your BMW came from the factory with synthetic oil, the recommended intervals assume you continue to use synthetic.
Also how you drive around can have a big effect. Most owner’s manuals will have a list of driving conditions that are harder on your vehicle. Things like stop and go driving, short or long trips, driving in very hot or very cold weather, and heavy loads. If some of your driving fits that criteria, you may need to change your oil and do other maintenance on a shorter schedule.
That may sound complicated. Most BMW models in CA have an oil life calculator that takes all of these factors into account and tells you when you should change your oil. Otherwise, talk with your BMW service advisor at Raul’s Auto Repair about how you drive and get their recommendation for when to take care of your service.
Finally, if any of the steering or suspension parts can be lubed, your technician at Raul’s Auto Repair will take care of that with a lube, oil and filter service.
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