4 Critical Signs That You Need an Oil Change

Oil changes are frequent yet straightforward services that are vital to your vehicle's performance. While most drivers look at the number of miles they've driven since their last oil change to determine when to change the oil, it's always best to inspect the oil itself firsthand. Sometimes, your motor oil can run low or deteriorate unexpectedly. If you neglect to service your vehicle on time, your engine can struggle in performance and even overheat. Below are five signs that your motor is in need of an oil change:


Fresh, effective motor oil should be an amber color, and the oil will darken over time. Sometimes, darkness can be natural. However, your oil should be free of any contaminants. If you start to see debris and gunk, like metal chunks, in your oil or if it's an unusual color, please take it to our shop immediately. 


Your engine oil is responsible for lubricating the engine parts. When your oil is no longer effective, you may start to hear loud engine sounds, most likely due to the metallic parts rattling against each other. If your engine is knocking, it's time to take your vehicle in for an oil change.


Regular exhaust smoke is usually clear or transparent. However, if the vapors smell burnt or look odd, then you should be concerned. For instance, dark smoke can be a sign that you have an oil leak.


One of your dashboard warning lights looks like a traditional oil canister figure. When you see this light illuminated on your dash, it means there's something wrong with your oil. You should never wait for this oil light to come on before making an appointment for an oil change. Remember - it's a warning, not a reminder.


Our certified technicians at Prestige Autohaus will gladly change your oil and address any of the concerns you may have. We proudly service Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Maserati, MINI, Porsche, and Volkswagen at our shop. If it's time for an oil change, please call us at (925) 433-7310 or visit us today at Walnut Creek, CA!