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Change your oil, not your car.

Want to keep your car longer? One of the simplest ways to help your car last longer is to change your oil regularly. Just follow your manufacturers recommended intervals (you’ll find them in your owner’s manual.) New oil makes your car feel like new. It keeps carbon and varnish from building up inside your engine and lubricates metal parts as they rub together.

To maximize your fuel economy, minimize emissions and keep your car to a ripe old age, change your oil on schedule.

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Synthetic oil, or conventional?

Make no mistake, both types of oil are good. But tests by automobile associations have shown that synthetic oils outperform regular oil and are, overall, better for your car. An oil change with synthetic oil will cost a little more than one using conventional oil, but the added protection for your engine could mean bigger savings down the road.

Your Mufflerman mechanic will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of every type of oil, and help you choose the right one for your car.

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How often should you change your oil?

Start by checking your owner’s manual. Recommended intervals have changed over the years, with newer cars able to go, on average, more kilometres between changes than older models. Newer cars also often have a dashboard reminder light that takes into account your actual driving conditions as well as your mileage. If it comes on it’s best to heed it, even if it’s before the interval recommended in your owner’s manual.

Other signs it’s time for an oil change:

  • Dark oil on your dipstick. It means your oil is too dirty to protect your engine properly.
  • Grinding or tapping noises. These could be sounds of metal hitting or rubbing on metal, meaning your oil level is dangerously low.
  • Oil leaks. Any fluid leak should be looked at ASAP. Often they can be fixed easily. But an unchecked oil leak could lead to serious engine damage.
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