Change is Good (Oil Change)Posted June 16, 2019 1:01 AM
You've heard that expression, change is good. When it comes to your vehicle's oil, change is not only good, it's vital for the health of the engine. But there's one question that puzzles many drivers: how frequently should my vehicle's oil be changed? There is not one simple answer, but here are some guidelines that will help.
It used to be pretty much a rule of thumb that vehicles got their oil changed once every 3 months or 3,000 miles/5,000 kilometers. But times have changed. Oil formulations have gotten better and engine designs have made longer oil change intervals possible.
Most experts advise you to read the recommendations that come from the manufacturer that designed and built your vehicle. Their designers and engineers know more about your vehicle than anyone else. They spell out their recommended oil change interval and type of oil in your owner's manual. Many automakers say you can go at least 5,000 miles/8,000 kilometers between oil changes and many recommend even longer intervals now. If you use synthetic oil, it doesn't have to be changed as often.
Ever wonder why you have to change your oil? Your vehicle lives in a dirty environment. Contaminants build up in your engine oil and, after time, they inhibit the lubricating properties of the oil. Without optimal lubrication, increased friction inside the engine starts wearing down the metal parts, shortening the engine's life.
Not only do vehicle manufacturers recommend oil change intervals in the manual, many also now alert drivers by a light or other electronic indicator on your dash. It doesn't exactly say, "Hey, time get your oil changed. This oil's starting to wear on me." But it does give you a pretty good hint. Some of these warning systems simply measure the distance you've traveled. More sophisticated vehicles have sensors that measure temperature, driving time and engine revolutions to determine when the oil is getting past its useful life. Here's one situation where it's easy to see the light. Do yourself a favor and don't wait too long before coming in for an appointment at Ray's Certified Auto Repair.
Oh, and driving habits matter, too. Short trips with a lot of stop-and-go driving will stress your engine and oil more than longer trips at highway speeds.
And here's one more plus side to getting your oil changed regularly at Ray's Certified Auto Repair in Moorhead. Our technician will also keep an eye on the rest of your vehicle to spot anything that might need attention.
The bottom line is this: Oil changes are good for your vehicle in so many ways and probably the most important maintenance service you can get.
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Excellent, professional service. Technicians pin-pointed the problem quickly. Would recommend to any one who is looking for honest, professional service for their vehicle.
Good service at a great price!
Excellent service, quick repair and friendly staff!
They were nice enough to service my car, and let me leave it parked over the long weekend, because we were going out of town. Unfortunately, they didn't get to it before I got back on Monday, but they rescheduled right away, then graciously didn't charge me.
Will be back for more repairs if needed.
I am always so impressed with Ray Certified. They made Everything happen like clock work. I did not have an appt but they made everything happen all at one time. I believe when they say something is wrong and needs to be fixed because they are honest, truthful, and have never led us wrong. Chad always keeps me informed as my car is being worked on. Everyone that works at Rays is amazing. Thank you for going out of your way for me.
Chad is the bomb
This was my second time at Ray's and they were just as professional and awesome as last time. They answered all my questions and everyone was so nice and helpful. This is my new place for auto repair. Check out the awesome crew they have.
Ray's Certified Auto is the only place I've taken my car for the last 3 years. The customer service is amazing and I feel they genuinely care about their customers.
Did a great job. Always able to get a loaner vehicle and they go above and beyond. GS
Ray's Certified Auto Repair A+++ rating. Honest, Fast, Courteous, and Dependable Service.
Found everything that was wrong the first time while gateway had it four different times and still said that they fixed it and never did. Thanks Ray and your mechanics. Great job and will bring my other vehicles to you and not to any auto dealers in the Fargo area.
pleased with the prompt service,
I have been doing business with Rays Repair for some years now. I have always been happy with the work I have had done! They are very trustworthy and always stand behind their work! I would never think of taking my car anywhere else!
Excellent service with fair price
Always the best of service at Ray's! The staff is wonderful and I feel valued as their customer. I will be a lifelong customer.
With a phone call Ray took care of the issue thank you
Great service as always.
These guys are just great. They detected what was wrong with my 2013 Edge and fixed it for me on time. I recommend them for all your auto needs. From front desk service to workshop service, they are great.
Very, very good service! Prompt and professional!
My car needed new spark plugs a week before my appt. I was delighted to receive a $25 coupon on my services... My car was in and out on schedule.
Good work on our pickup. Even pulled the camper.
Had front bearings replaced
Fast, friendly, very fair price. They even hooked me up with a car for the mean time!
Went in to get air conditioning charged turned out my compressor was shot... they quickly diagnosed the problem and didn't charge me an arm and a leg for the info.
I love Ray's. They always treat me and my car right.
Love the service, love the promotions, always leave a happy customer.
Excellent service.. price..even courtesy ride..extremely fast service.. Definitely recommend
Had an oil change the inspection pointed out a serpentine belt needed replacing. They are going to Do that next service. The whole staff was friendly and honest. I will be back and will be telling my friends. Thanks a million.
Love Rays and their awesome customer service! So glad to have a place I can trust.
Ray's auto always takes good care of my and my car. Ray's never pushes unnecessary services and always has my work completed in a timely manner. I've brought my car to many places in town and I've never been treated nicer than at Ray's.
They were kind enough to see why a light they had just replaced was burned out again. Decided not to have it replaced there because of the price (found the same socket for $2!).
Thankful you had donuts to help with the wait! It would be great if you had wi-fi available. Thanks, I love my sweatshirt!
I have used Ray?s a few times I have been pleased with the work they do, great that they give a loaner car. I trust that they won?t rip me off, reason for 4 out 5 rating is the last time I was in I had to bring my vehicle back because the tech didn?t notice the tires were out of balance which was one of my requests for repair. Overall very good.
Fast,friendly service . Was made aware of everything needed to complete the work required.
I like how the machanic brought me back to show me what was wrong with my truck. They fixed it fast price was great friendly staff too.
Easy to work with and very friendly staff
They were very timely, welcoming, and great at answering my questions. Have always gotten great service from them.
Great people. They are very good at their profession. I always been comfortable knowing that my car is being serviced by honest, dependable and knowledgeable people. Every lay one of you are amazing.
The issue I took the car in for has not reoccurred. I was able to use a courtesy car to go to work with. Friendly, honest people.
Got me in and out in no time
Quick friendly service. Brought my truck in and I didn't get the run around. Will be definitely be coming back. Great service!
Fair and reasonably priced! They were able to make the repairs right on the spot and gave me a loaner car to use. Everyone was so friendly, they truly understand good customer service! I would highly recommend them.
Vehicle repairs are done quickly with very fair prices. They also double check their work, after it's done with a road test. An added bonus is the mechanic thoughtfully wiping all surfaces down, that he may have touched, so I don't get my hands oily and dirty. Nice people, good solid work, very fair prices = best place in Fargo/Moorhead for car repairs!
They are amazing and the ONLY shop in town I trust to do mechanical work on my vehicles!!! They turned the fix Corwin told me I needed that would have been $350 into an 80 dollar repair on my last visit!! And every other repair they have ever done had been fine, correctly the first time. I've been going there for years now. I would recommend them to everyone!!! Their service is easy, awesome as well, and they are very friendly and helpful.
These people are the best. They are friendly, honest and upfront. Just how it should be. Once you try them you won't go anywhere else. My son was their first car sale and we are all extremely happy!!!
The only place a trust with my vehicle! Everyone that works there is so kind and I trust them!
Seem to be very honest people! They keep my vehicle going when I'm away from home. I am very happy with the service here! I've brought two vehicles to them now and they did excellent work on both of them!
Very happy with the service work! The extras like cleaning the floor mat on the driver side was very much appreciated! It is nice to have a shop that you can bring your car to with people that you can trust!
I received your newsletter today and thought it would be a good time to thank you for the outstanding service I received back in July. I was traveling back to Ohio from Montana when we lost the A/C compressor pulley while driving through Moorhead. I am grateful for the fast, professional service I received, at what I consider to be a very fair price. Thank you, again.