Oil Change & the Engine Oil Life System


If your engine is the heart of your vehicle, oil is its lifeblood. Driving around with dirty oil — or not enough oil — can shorten the life of your engine. Over time, repeated heating and cooling as well as the accumulation of particles can make oil thicker. Not only can this decrease its ability to flow (also known as viscosity), it can leave harmful deposits in your engine and cause extensive damage. Harris Parksville Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac Certified Service technicians are trained to understand how your vehicle uses oil and how it monitors oil life. An oil change from a Certified Service expert not only gives you great service, convenience and a great price, you also receive the added value of knowing that nobody knows your vehicle better. Head to Harris Parksville Oil Change when it’s time for your vehicle’s next oil change.

 

SELECTING THE PROPER OIL

Choosing the proper grade of oil is a critical step in engine maintenance. From conventional to full synthetic, your Harris Parksville Certified Service experts offer a range of oil types including ACDelco Conventional Oil, ACDelco dexos1® Synthetic Blend and Mobil 1 Full Synthetic. Certified Service experts at Harris Parksville Oil Change will know the right grade of oil to use for your specific vehicle. You can also check your Owner’s Manual for the correct grade.

These oils contain a variety of characteristics that affect your vehicle’s performance, offer varying levels of engine protection and can extend the time between oil changes.

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ACDELCO CONVENTIONAL OIL

  • Offers quality engine wear and corrosion protection.
  • Contains special additives that help your engine run smoothly.
  • Meets/exceeds the applicable industry specifications.
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ACDELCO SYNTHETIC OIL

  • Offers increased corrosion protection.
  • Enhances engine cleanliness.
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ACDELCO FULL SYNTHETIC OIL

  • Helps save an average of 2¢ per litre of gas
  • Unsurpassed wear protection
  • Superior lubrication flow and pumpability in below-freezing weather
  • Improved resistance to engine stress at high engine speeds and under heavy loads
  • Superior resistance to thermal and viscosity breakdown
  • High resistance to oxidation, keeping the oil from breaking down
  • Excellent protection against the formation of sludge and other harmful deposits
  • Provides consistent rust protection

OIL CHANGE WARNING SIGNS

Keeping an eye on oil level and other measures of your engine’s oil is critical. Lack of proper engine oil maintenance can damage the engine. Below, you will find a number of indicators that will help you prevent damage to your engine.

CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON

This message will display on your dash when your engine needs an oil change. This message may be displayed if the Oil Life System in your vehicle was not reset during your last oil change.

UNDER HOOD SMOKE

One of the most recognizable and dangerous oil warning signs is smoke coming from your engine. Oil leaking within the engine compartment burns when it drips onto hot engine parts. Leaks of this type should be addressed immediately.

TAILPIPE SMOKE

Heavy smoke from your tailpipe is a strong indicator that oil is being burned within your engine. This can be caused by a number of factors, including bad seals, worn piston rings and more.

OIL PRESSURE LOW/STOP ENGINE

Low engine oil pressure can cause extreme and costly damage to your engine. If this message displays, safely bring your vehicle to a stop and do not restart your engine until the proper engine oil pressure is restored and the cause of the drop is corrected. You should check the oil level immediately. DO NOT operate the engine with the oil pressure warning light on or an ENGINE OIL LOW ADD OIL message displayed.

OIL LEAKS

One of the most immediate signs of an issue with your oil is noticeable leaks. If you detect a leak, address it with your dealer as soon as possible. Catching a problem before it is truly a problem can save you time and money.

ONSTAR™ REMOTELINK APP: REAL-TIME VEHICLE INFO.

With the OnStar™ RemoteLink app, view real-time fuel information, including fuel range, gallons of gas remaining and your lifetime MPG. Anywhere you get mobile connections, you can verify your remaining oil life, view your current tire pressure and access account information.

Available on select iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices. Services vary by phone, vehicle and conditions.  Requires active OnStar subscription.

Visit OnStar.com for more details.

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ENGINE OIL LIFE SYSTEM

Most vehicles are now equipped with the Engine Oil Life System. This system calculates engine oil life based on vehicle use. Most vehicles display a warning message when it is time for an oil change. When the Oil Life System light comes on, bring your vehicle in to the Harris Parksville Certified Service experts at Harris Parksville Oil Change.

Your Certified Service technician will reset your Oil Life System after an oil change. If you would like to reset the system yourself, ask your technician how, or consult your Owner’s Manual.

CHECKING YOUR OIL LEVEL

It is a good idea to check the engine oil level at each fuel fill. In order to get an accurate reading, the oil must be warm, at normal operating temperature, and the vehicle must be on level ground. Always consult your Owner’s Manual for the proper procedure to check your oil level. You’ll get a more accurate dipstick reading by following those instructions.