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Does Your Toyota Need an Oil Change?

Whatever car you drive, your engine needs oil to function. At Cox Toyota in Burlington, North Carolina, we value the quality of oil that is put in your engine. Every Toyota is filled with Genuine Toyota motor oil, which helps your car deliver efficient and economical performance, as well as long-term reliability.*

Signs Your Car Needs an Oil Change

Motor oil is needed in your engine to keep things running smoothly. As oil gets dirty over time, it becomes less effective. Overheating occurs in your engine if your oil is not clean and is therefore unable to properly lubricate all the engine’s moving parts

Cox Toyota highlights some warning signs that you need an oil change so that you can prevent damage from coming to your car. These signs include:

The check engine light or oil change light comes on

If warning lights in your car keep coming on, it could mean there isn’t enough oil. Different makes and models have different warning lights, so consult your owner’s manual or a mechanic to see what the light means.

The oil is dirty or dark in color

You can test your oil once a month by removing the dipstick, wiping it off, and returning it to the oil tank. Then, remove the dipstick a second time to see the color and translucency of your oil. If it’s too dark, it’s time for an oil change.

There’s a ticking or knocking engine noise

If oil is not properly moving through the engine’s parts, you’ll hear a ticking noise — especially when your engine is starting up. This is because oil is not moving effectively, and different metal pieces of the engine are clanking against one another.

There’s an oil smell inside the car 

If the inside of your car starts to smell like oil, it often means an oil leak has occurred.

There’s exhaust smoke

If black smoke comes out of your car’s tailpipe, it could mean an oil leak has occurred or engine parts are acting up.

It’s important to have regular service appointments to prevent damage from occurring in your engine. The general range is every 3,000 to 10,000 miles, but it’s best to consult both your owner’s manual and a specialist at a Toyota dealership.

Using only Genuine Toyota motor oil, your Toyota specialist knows what filter is best for your specific model. Toyota oil filters are designed to remove dirt from oil so that oil is proactively treated and damage is effectively prevented. 

Schedule Oil Service in Burlington, NC

Schedule an appointment at the Cox Toyota Service Center today to check in with a specialist if you think your oil needs to be changed. Here, you’ll find service specifically tailored to your model. Above all, we want to make sure your car is equipped to perform at its best and last as long as possible.

* Each car is filled to manufacture’s specifications