Auto Repair & Services
- Air Conditioning Repair
- Air Filters
- Alternator Repair
- Battery Replacement
- Belt & Hose Replacement
- Brake Repair
- Car Service & Preventative Maintenance
- Cooling System Repair
- Driveline Repair
- Engine Repair
- Fluid Inspection
- Headlight Restoration
- Muffler Repair
- Suspension Repair
- Tire Repair
- Tire Balancing
- Tire Installation
- Tire Rotation
- Transmission Repair
- Tune Up
- Wheel Alignments
- Windshield Wiper Blades
Oil Change Service in Phoenixville, PA
At United Tire & Service in Phoenixville, PA, we do oil changes on just about anything that has wheels and rolls. It’s part of routine maintenance and can help you get the most miles out of your car.
Why does engine oil need regular changes?
Anything mechanical needs lubrication to be able to operate, and it’s especially important for your car’s engine.
An engine is filled with complex assemblies that all run on extremely close tolerances with each other. Without a film of lubrication, these parts would soon overheat to a point where they would seize and lock up the engine.
Motor oil breaks down over time, though. Heat robs it of its lubricating ability, and it also begins to pick up contaminants like tiny metal particles and carbon from the combustion process. If left too long without oil changes, these particles will start to build up as "sludgey" deposits on internal assemblies, causing excessive wear to the engine.
When do I need to have the oil & filter changed?
Conventional motor oil should be changed at about every 5,000 miles to prevent engine wear. Synthetic oil is considerably more expensive, but it’s been shown superior to conventional mineral-based oil in every aspect of engine protection. Its extra cost is offset somewhat by the fact that synthetic oil can easily go for a 10-12,000 mile interval between oil changes (always be sure to check your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommendations).
Don't remember when your last oil change was?
Raise your hood and pull the engine’s oil dipstick. Fresh oil should be the color of honey and translucent. If the oil is still translucent but a little darker, it’s still good for another thousand miles or so. Oil that has an acrid smell and is the color of black coffee is due for a change soon.
This basic vehicle upkeep is too simple to neglect! Make an appointment with us for your next oil change.