When to Change Your Oil at Keyes Toyota

when to change your oil

Your Toyota dealership is more than a place for new and pre-owned Toyota cars. It’s also where you should be going for Toyota service, especially routine maintenance like oil changes. It’s not just changing your oil that counts; where you have it changed matters, which is why it’s a good idea to visit Keyes Toyota.

Changing Your Oil

Why you should change your oil:

Oil changes are inexpensive. Much cheaper, in fact, than the cost of lowered fuel economy or expensive repairs later!

Many of the customers served at our Van Nuys Toyota dealership don’t change their oil nearly often enough, and they don’t even realize it. Your oil should be changed at least every three months, or every three to five thousand miles (whichever comes first).

That may seem like a lot, especially if you’re putting a lot of miles on your car. But old oil doesn’t work the same as it did when it was fresh.

Your engine’s made up of many moving parts. All that motion causes friction, and that friction, in turn, causes heat. When it’s new, your oil decreases the friction and helps keep your engine cool. That means better gas mileage, and much less engine wear.

What Happens if You Don’t Change Your Oil?

So what happens as oil ages? It loses viscosity, the “slippery” quality that makes it effective. It actually starts to get gummy. Instead of easing friction, it actually causes it.

That gummy consistency means clogged oil filters. It also means more trips to the pump, and the distinct possibility that your engine could either overheat or seize up.

Dangers of not changing your oil:

  • Clogged oil filters
  • Lowered fuel economy
  • Engine overheating
  • Engine seizing

Oil changes don’t take long, and they’re cheap besides. While you’re here, we can take the time for other routine Toyota service that keeps your car in good health — we may even spot minor issues before they become something bigger.

You count on your car to take good care of you and your family. It counts on you to take good care of it. If you want a mutually beneficial relationship with your new or pre-owned Toyota model, bring it to Keyes Toyota at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA for oil changes and other essential maintenance. We serve Los Angeles, Glendale, and Mission Hills, and we’re here to help you!