Engine Maintenance


Maintenance and the Environment

Vehicles with properly maintained engines and emission control systems pollute less and are more fuel efficient. They perform better, last longer, have higher resale value and save you money. Here are some tips from Harris Parksville Oil Change for keeping your vehicle running at top efficiency.

  • Follow GM’s maintenance guidelines to help identify any problems before they become serious. Your Owner’s Manual provides recommended maintenance intervals and product specifications.
  • If you notice a change in the way your vehicle functions or if your fuel efficiency drops, get your vehicle checked promptly.
  • Change your vehicle’s oil at Harris Parksville Oil Change regularly. The GM Oil Life System (OLS) tells you when you need to change your oil, saving you time and money, and keeping you reassured that your oil is in good condition. If the GM OLS is used as intended, almost 378 million litres of oil could be saved worldwide in the next five years. Your dealership is equipped to properly dispose of waste oil.
  • Change the air filter as often as the manual recommends. Between changes, inspect it by taking the filter out and tapping it against a hard surface. If dirt falls out, replace the filter.
  • Do a tire check-up. Every two weeks, check your tire treads and sidewalls for wear, cuts or bruises. Follow it up by checking your tire pressure. Maintaining the correct tire pressure increases safety, saves you money and reduces pollution.
  • Check your antifreeze/coolant level weekly. Never remove the radiator cap unless the engine is cold!
  • Let Certified Service experts at Harris Parksville keep your vehicle tuned up. The fuel efficiency of most cars can be improved by as much as 6 percent with a minor tune-up, saving you money and reducing your vehicle’s carbon footprint.
  • Keep the brakes maintained. Being able to brake quickly can help you avoid an accident. Make sure the vehicle stops smoothly and does not pull to one side when the brakes are applied.

An Expert Oil Change

Certified Service experts at Harris Parksville Oil Change are GM-trained to understand how your GM vehicle uses its oil and how it monitors oil life. So an Oil Change from a GM-trained technician not only gives you great service, convenience and a great price – it also gives you the added value of our expertise on the particular make and model that you drive.

The GM Oil Life System

Most GM vehicles are now equipped with the GM Oil Life System. This system actually senses your vehicle’s speed and engine temperature and can continuously monitor operating conditions. This helps determine when it’s time to change the oil.

This system can actually monitor your personal driving habits and your area’s climate condition to let you know precisely when to come in for an Oil Change. When the light comes on, you come in to Harris Parksville Oil Change. It’s that simple. It’ll will save you money and help reduce oil waste.

Your Certified Service technician at Harris Parksville Oil Change will reset your Oil Life Monitor System after an Oil change. Ask your technician how, or consult your Owners Manual if necessary.

Always consult your Owners Manual for the proper procedure to check your oil level. You’ll get a more accurate dipstick reading by following those instructions.

How to know when it’s time for an oil change

  • Your Owners manual recommends you check oil level each time you refuel.
  • To check oil must be warm and car on level round
  • Turn the engine off
  • Wait a few minutes for oil to drain back into pan
  • Remove the Dipstick and wipe clean
  • Reinsert stick and remove to take the reading

Prepare your car for warmer weather

As temperatures increase, so do the demands made on your vehicle. So make sure your vehicle is up to summer’s challenge.

What You Can Do

  • Check tire tread depth for excessive and uneven wear.
  • In extreme summer temperatures, you may have to change the grade of your engine oil. Check your owner’s manual for the viscosity grade recommended for your vehicle’s engine.
  • Check the cooling system – both hoses and radiator – for leaks. Check the coolant recovery reservoir under the hood when the engine is cold. Add the coolant recommended in your Owner’s Manual, if required. Replace conventional coolant every two years or 60,000 miles (every five years/150,000 miles DEX-COOL®).*

What a Certified Service Expert at Harris Parksville Oil Change Can Do to Help

Check the air conditioning system.
After a winter of coughing and sneezing, combined with allergens, bacteria, mold and other microscopic interlopers, you might need to replace your cabin air filter and thoroughly clean or vacuum interior surfaces.

Winter can take a bigger toll on your vehicle than you think. See your GM dealer for a pre-summer springtime check-up.

* Maintenance needs vary with different uses and driving conditions. See your Owner’s Manual for more information.