Oil Change & Lube - Auto Repair & Service
Oil Change & Lube - Auto Repair & Service
With a Midas oil change, our technicians recommend the right oil for your vehicle, inspect your car's air filter and check the levels of vital fluids for brakes, power steering, automatic transmission and coolant/antifreeze.
The single most important piece of maintenance you can perform on your vehicle is to change its oil as recommended by the manufacturer, based on your driving conditions. With each oil change, the oil filter should also be replaced.
Q: I've heard different things about how often to change my oil. What's the best guide?
A: Follow your vehicle manufacturer's recommendations. They will specify the frequency for an oil change for your driving conditions. The timing of your oil change should follow those recommendations.
Q: I've got an older car, how important is it to change oil as frequently?
A: An oil change puts fresh oil into your car. More importantly, an oil change takes out the old oil that can become filled with dust, metallic shavings or other contaminants. As your oil ages, outside items make their way in. Without an oil change, this can lower your gas mileage or in the worse case, cause your engine to fail. An oil change is a great preventive step to keep you car running clean and smooth. Make sure to change your oil filter as well, it helps to remove impurities from the oil and the engine.
Q: This may be a dumb question, but what do the numbers mean on oil, and do I need to care which is used?
A: Good question. It's something that most people probably aren't familiar with. The first number (such as 5W) indicates the low-temperature viscosity. Viscosity simply is a measure of an oil's ability to flow and protect at certain temperatures. The lower the number, the easier the oil will flow (and protect) in cold weather when starting your car. The second number (such as 30, in 5W-30), indicates the thickness of the oil at operating (high) temperatures. The higher the number, the better the lubrication will be. When you get an oil change, you should follow your manufacturer's recommendations. Take a look at your owner's manual before your next trip to Midas for an oil change.
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Oil Change Questions
A. Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. It reduces friction, lessens wear, lubricates metal engine parts, forms a seal between the pistons, rings and cylinder walls while helping to cool engine parts. Without the cleaning action of fresh oil, carbon and varnish buildup would be toxic to the engine.
Want to help your engine run efficiently, maximize fuel economy, minimize emissions, and prolong the life of your car? Change your oil at the vehicle manufacturer's recommended intervals.
A. A Midas oil change takes about 60 minutes and includes oil and filter change as well as our complimentary Midas Touch Courtesy Check. Oil Change Plus customers should allow another 15 minutes for tire rotation. A do-it-yourself oil change can take up to an hour, depending on how easily you can access the oil drain plug and filter on your vehicle.
- A. Conventional motor oil is derived from crude oil with a variety of additives.
- Synthetic motor oil is derived from man-made ingredients with a variety of additives. Full synthetic oil protects your engine better than conventional oil due to the purity and uniform molecular structure of these man-made ingredients -- with added environmental benefits. Cost-saving synthetic blend oils are also available. Compare conventional oil vs. synthetic oil.
- High mileage motor oil contains anti-wear additives to prolong engine life in vehicles with 75,000 miles or more. It's available in conventional, synthetic blend, and full synthetic oil formulas.
Your Midas mechanic can help you choose the right motor oil for your vehicle and driving style -- and we'll never put any oil in your vehicle that fails to meet its manual specifications.
A. For vehicles made in the past decade or so, automakers usually recommend changing the oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, with even higher intervals for certain models. Most owner's manuals now specify synthetic blend or full synthetic oil in concert with these longer oil change intervals. Manufacturers recommend changing the oil every 3,000 miles for many older vehicles and certain engine types. The 3,000-mile oil change might be a sensible tradition to keep alive if you choose conventional oil.
However, check your manual -- and heed your vehicle's oil change reminder if it triggers between oil changes, regardless of the old adage of every 3,000-miles. (On some vehicles, it takes your actual driving patterns into account.) And if you aren't reaching the mileage guideline each year, follow your manual's timed oil change interval instead.
A. Check your vehicle's manufacturer recommendations to see if "severe" driving conditions mean more frequent oil changes. And the definition of severe might surprise you! If your driving consists mostly of short trips in stop-and-go traffic or driving in "extreme temperatures" (which most of us call ordinary hot summers and cold winters), your vehicle manufacturer may recommend more frequent oil changes.
A. It's best to follow your regular maintenance schedule. But here are some ways your car might tell you it's ready for an oil and filter change:
- Your dashboard oil reminder: In newer vehicles, this light or text message takes your actual driving conditions into account.
- Dark oil on your dipstick: Fresh engine oil is transparent and light brown or amber. Dirty oil is dark brown or black -- and too opaque to see through.
- Overheating: Poor lubrication also makes your engine work harder, which can generate excess heat.
- Grinding or tapping noises -- these may be the dreaded "metal on metal" sounds, warning you that your oil level is too low to protect your engine.
And don't ignore oil leaks!
Any fluid leak needs immediate attention -- it shouldn't wait till your next oil change. Often, an oil leak is an easy fix, like replacing a filter or tightening a bolt. But an unchecked oil leak can lead to catastrophic engine failure and serious fire hazards.
See either of these symptoms?
- Fluid under your vehicle or on engine parts.
- Blue smoke or a burning odor from your exhaust.
Request an oil and fluid diagnosis appointment ASAP if you see these symptoms.
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Everything in our regular Oil Change (Includes up to 5 quarts of 5W30 Oil and a new Oil Filter (high-end and special canister filters extra)) Plus A complete Engine Flush.
- Improve Your Gas Mileage
- Removes Dirt & Deposits
- Extends Engine Life
- Reduces Wear
* Includes oil & filer change & tire rotation. Inspect & fill fluids, inspect tires, brakes, exhaust, front-end, suspension, belts, hose, wiper blades and CV boots. Most cars, light trucks and vans. Other grades and synthetics available at extra cost. Diesel vehicles extra, custom wheels and oversize tire rotation extra. Most vehicles. Not valid with any other discount. Valid at any Midas Hawaii location excluding Maui, Kahului.
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