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Much like death and taxes, one thing that is inevitable is that your car will need an oil change. Now you COULD do it yourself. You could also perform brain surgery and pilot a nuclear submarine, but are those things that you really SHOULD do? Aren’t those things that are better left up to a professional?
The professionals at Clay Dooley are experts at all kinds of automotive maintenance and repair. They have state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and equipment and pride themselves in bringing you the finest auto servicing in the area. They service all makes and models, foreign and domestic.
With winter right around the corner, it's important to get your car prepared for the extreme weather conditions in Illinois. In fact, doing so could save your life or at the very least, save you a lot of hassle later. One of the most important parts of winterizing your car is getting the right kind of oil change. If your car is approaching one of the 30,000 mile makers, it's time to get the full-service treatment. Among other things, the service should include an oil change, and the oil used should have the right viscosity, or thickness, for your vehicle at this time of year.
Do you know that you may need more frequent oil changes than your 90-year old neighbor who only drives to church on Sunday? You should check your owner's manual to see if your driving habits are considered to be "severe service." This type of driving requires more frequent oil changes. Have the oil changed accordingly, usually every 3-5,000 miles. For less wear and tear on the engine, drivers in cold climates (sub-zero driving temperatures) should drop their oil weight from 10-W30 to 5-W30. Your mom and dad would probably suggest simply moving to someplace warmer.
With every oil change you also need a new oil filter. The typical oil filter consists of a high-strength steel housing containing various types of filtering media. An anti-drainback valve prevents oil from running out of the filter when the engine is off. Today's oil filters have a convenient spin-on design that makes removal and installation easy. The oil filter sifts out contaminants, allowing the oil to flow through the engine unrestricted. Should the oil filter become restricted or clogged with contaminants, they will flow around the filter. This bypassing is a safety mechanism, but you never want to let oil and filter changes go so long that bypassing takes place.
Frequent oil changes are one of the most cost-effective ways to keep your car running smoothly, cleanly and for many, many miles. Stop in Clay Dooley today for your oil change.
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