Things to Know About Your Vehicle Oil System - Toyota Service Information To Know in Salem, OR

The oil in your Toyota is incredibly important. Its primary role is to lubricate the moving parts in your engine so that they don't get damaged by friction. However, it also helps keep the internal engine components clean, and it even helps keep the engine cool. Since the oil is one of the most important things that your engine must have, we've gathered four things we think you should know about engine oil.

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4. Is Synthetic or Regular Oil Better?

Regular oil has one benefit over synthetic oil: it costs less. Apart from that, synthetic oil has many clear advantages. It's more refined than conventional oil, which means that it has fewer impurities and is even better at reducing friction. In addition, it flows better in cold temperatures and can better handle high heat. And, since synthetic oil lasts longer than conventional oil, you may even end up saving money in the long run. If you've been using conventional oil, consider switching to synthetic.

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3. How Often Should I Check My Oil Levels?

We recommend checking your oil about once a month. This is an important part of ensuring your car's engine is well maintained. For one thing, you may need to top off the oil levels a little bit, particularly if you're driving an older vehicle. But, beyond that, checking the oil can alert you if something's wrong. If your oil levels are below the minimum level on the dipstick, you may have a leak that could put your car at risk. And, if you notice that the oil looks odd (for example, if it looks light and milky), you should have your car inspected.

To check the oil, you first need to make sure your engine is cool. Locate the oil dipstick and pull it out. Don't rely on this first reading; instead, wipe the dipstick off with a rag or paper towel. Then, put it back where it was. Remove it once more; the oil level should now be accurate. If it's below the recommended fill level, add more oil.

2. How Often Should I Get an Oil Change?

The old advice is that you should have your oil changed every 3,000 miles. If you're using conventional oil, this is still a good standard. However, synthetic oil can last longer. If your Toyota uses synthetic oil, you can go around 5,000 miles between oil changes. However, it's also important to note that mileage isn't the only factor to take into account. As time goes by, oil begins to degrade--even if you're not driving much. We recommend getting the oil changed at least twice a year, even if you haven't reached the mileage recommended for an oil change.

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1. What Happens if I Neglect Oil Changes?

If you put off an oil change, you may not notice much at first. In fact, you may begin to think that the manufacturer and the mechanics were just pulling your leg. But this isn't the case. Even if you don't notice damage immediately, old oil can make the components in your engine wear down faster. This is a symptom that may take months to discover, but it will mean that your vehicle's lifespan may be shortened. If you continue driving without changing the oil, your engine's performance will decrease, and the engine may even begin to run hot. In time, the engine will suffer enough damage that it will cease to work, and will need to be replaced. The cost of a new engine--or even a new vehicle--is substantially more than the cost of regular oil changes.

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