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Everything You Need to Know about Oil Changes at Shaker's Kia

The motor oil in your vehicle is absolutely essential to its engine's functionality and we here at Shaker's Kia are here to provide drivers from all over Waterbury, CT with our affordable and hassle-free oil change service! Changing your oil involves draining the old oil from the engine and replacing it with new, clean oil and, while it may seem like no big deal, having clean oil in your engine is vital to its health and performance both short-term and long-term. Not changing out the dirty oil from your engine can cause damage and make it work harder so, to have a happy and healthy engine, routine oil changes are key.

If you're in need of an oil change for your vehicle, you can schedule an appointment with our Watertown, CT service center right here on our website and allow our technicians to take care of the work. Professionally-trained and factory-certified, they know your Kia model inside and out; whether you're coming in from Waterbury, CT or Bristol, CT or anywhere else around, we'll give you the exceptional service you deserve.

What is an oil change?

An oil change is, as you may have assumed, is when you change out the dirty, old oil in your engine for clean, new oil to keep your vehicle healthy, efficient, and performing as intended.

Why do I need an oil change?

If you don't change the oil in your engine, the dirt and debris can damage your pistons, valves, and engine, shortening it's lifespan and causing some serious problems that could cost you a lot of money down the line.

How often do I need an oil change?

The specific interval for oil changes for your vehicle can be found in your owner's manual but, for the majority of vehicles, an oil change is needed roughly every 7,500 miles or 6 months, whichever comes first. Your Service Indicator Lights or Service Interval System will give you an indication when a change is needed, and many modern models will directly warn you when your next oil change should happen.

How can I tell if I need an oil change?

There are a couple different things to look out for when it comes to your vehicle's need for an oil change, even if the low oil light hasn't clued you in quite yet. One indicator might be that your engine is louder than normal while you're driving or turning the ignition. Another might be sputtering performance from a clogged oil filter that leaves you unable to maintain a smooth speed on the highway. And, of course, smelling or seeing engine exhaust is a strong sign that you need a new oil filter or an oil change immediately.


What's the difference between mineral (regular) oil and synthetic oil?

While synthetic oil tends to have some advantages in utility over mineral oil, it also tends to cost much more - upwards of four times as much, in fact. Synthetic oil is designed to be more effective at resisting break-down and lasting longer, withstanding higher temperatures, and continuing to flow in colder temperatures. That said, the engine oil grade that's best for the performance and efficiency of your Kia vehicle will be indicated in your owner's manual; unless the manual says to use synthetic oil, you don't need it.

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