Oil Change Service in Tulsa, OK
One of the easiest and most important ways you can protect your vehicle’s engine is to have an oil change service performed regularly. This helps to keep your engine in tiptop shape and running efficiently, even for hundreds of thousands of miles. That’s because clean oil removes dirt and grime from the engine, lubricates its parts, and helps prevent the engine from overheating.
Tate Boy’s convenient locations and no-charge concierge service make it easier for you to have an oil change performed on your car, truck, or SUV.
Simply by removing the existing oil and oil filter from the vehicle and replacing it with clean oil and a new oil filter, it will promote a longer life for the engine. It is recommended to have this service done every 3,000-5,000 miles, depending on the type of vehicle and type of oil being used.
Whether you need a conventional oil change or a full synthetic oil change, we can help. As part of our fast and efficient oil change service, you can count on receiving:
- Up to five quarts of oil, either Valvoline 5W-20 or 5W-30
- A new oil filter installation
- A free tire rotation upon request
- A multi-point vehicle inspection
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Protect Your Engine With Regular Oil Changes
The oil running through your engine works hard to do its job and keep your engine running. But, engine oil doesn’t last forever.
Over time, the oil picks up dirt and debris as it circulates through the engine, which is exactly what it is supposed to do for your engine, but it makes the oil less and less effective. So, excessive sludge can build up if this dirty oil is not changed regularly and can cause enough damage that may lead to engine failure.
Motor oil also has lubricating and heat-absorbing properties. Without regular oil changes, the oil level in your vehicle may become too low without you knowing it. Components can get hot very quickly if your engine tries to run without a sufficient amount of oil to provide lubrication. All of the metal components start directly rubbing together, causing an excessive amount of heat and premature wear. This can quickly lead to your engine completely seizing up.
This is why we recommend that you have your oil and filter changed every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. Think about this. A new engine can cost thousands of dollars, sometimes more than the car is worth. So, it just makes sense to protect it with much less expensive, regularly-scheduled oil changes.
The Critical Role Engine Oil Plays
Your engine oil plays a vital role in keeping your engine running smoothly, safely, and efficiently. But, you may be wondering what it does exactly. The oil protects your engine in four major ways:
- Keeps it clean: Motor oil keeps dirt, debris, and combustion deposits from building up on engine components, while also working to prevent blockages. The oil absorbs and holds the debris and dirt, rendering it harmless until your next oil change when it is removed.
- Reduces friction and lessening wear: The special additives in the oil form a lubricating layer of protection over all of the sensitive engine components, preventing metal-on-metal contact and reducing friction between all of the moving parts. This enables your engine to operate safely, efficiently, and quietly.
- Removes excess heat: The motor oil safely absorbs heat away from sensitive areas, like near the piston rings, and redistributes it throughout the engine. This keeps the engine from overheating while it is running.
- Prevents rust and corrosion: Your motor oil helps keep excessive rust and corrosion from building up on the engine components, which could occur much faster if they were not protected.
Help ensure your engine stays properly protected. Schedule your oil change service appointment today at the Tate Boys location nearest you.
Different Types of Oil
Not all oil is the same. Several types of motor oil can be put into vehicles’ engines. They will all have different viscosity (thickness), offer varying levels of engine protection, and vary in cost. The four types of motor oil include:
Conventional oil is what would be considered standard motor oil. It is a completely natural crude mineral oil that is refined in a factory. Several processes are done to improve its viscosity (thickness) and engine protective properties. Compared to other types of oil, conventional oil is not as refined.
There are pros and cons to this. The biggest pro is the fact that conventional oil is a more budget-friendly option for engine protection and can still keep your car running smoothly. There aren’t any “bad” motor oils being sold on the market, so as long as the correct weight/viscosity and quantity is put into your engine it will be effective. There are cons of conventional oil, however, compared to other types. Since it is less refined, it will become dirtier and sludgier quicker and will not provide the same levels of performance that you can get from the cleaner, more refined options.
Alternatively, synthetic motor oil is entirely manufactured in a lab or factory. Because of its highly controlled manufacturing process, this oil tends to be far more consistent and refined. Due to the stringent standard on these oils, they are overall better for your engine.
When it comes to an oil change, full-synthetic motor oil will generally be more expensive than conventional oil. You can usually expect to pay an extra $20 to $40 for a full synthetic oil change service, depending on how much your vehicle takes. Synthetic oils also last longer and can endure longer mileage intervals, compared to conventional oils that may need to be changed sooner. It is commonly recommended to change the oil every 5,000 miles.
Synthetic Blend Oil
Synthetic blend oil is a hybrid mixture of both full synthetic oil and conventional oil. With this blend, the goal is to try and capture some of the benefits of both types of oil while also reducing their drawbacks.
A synthetic blend will provide better performance and engine protection than conventional oil, but not quite the levels you’ll get with a full-synthetic oil. They will also last a little bit longer than conventional oils. But again, not as long as full-synthetic oils do. When it comes to the cost of a synthetic blend oil change, it will be slightly more expensive than conventional oil, but less than full-synthetic.
Overall, a synthetic blend is a decent middle-ground for those looking to keep costs lower, while still wanting to give their engine a little more protection.
High-mileage oil is created for engines that have more than 75,000 miles and is somewhat similar to a synthetic blend. But, it also includes a blend of unique additives that are designed to help provide extra protection for older engines, prevent oil evaporation, and improve overall performance. These additives include seal conditioners, specialized detergents, viscosity modifiers, and anti-corrosion agents.
For vehicles with higher mileage, this extra protection is key as oil burn-off and corrosion become more common, contributing to increased engine wear and a decreased engine lifespan.
Determining What Type Of Oil Is Best For Your Vehicle
As we went over above, the different types of oil have different viscosities and levels of engine protection. The first place to start when trying to determine the right oil for your vehicle is to look in your vehicle owner’s manual. Here you will find the manufacturer’s recommended minimum oil specifications for your specific vehicle.
When you are determining the best motor oil for your vehicle, you have to consider several other factors as well:
- Vehicle type: For example, a pick-up truck will need a different type of oil than a high-performance sports car.
- Vehicle’s total mileage/age: Many newer vehicles require either a full synthetic or synthetic blend motor oil. Alternatively, high-mileage motor oil is recommended in vehicles with over 75,000 miles, since it provides added engine protection.
- Driving habits: The life expectancy of your motor oil is significantly impacted by how and where you drive. For example, you may need higher quality oil to prevent excessive wear and tear on your engine if you are frequently in stop-and-go traffic, or if you take a lot of short trips.
Also, the higher summer temperatures, like we experience here in Oklahoma, may directly impact how fast the oil flows and how well it can lubricate the engine’s components. So, a different oil may need to be used during the summer.
The expert oil change technicians here at Tate Boys can recommend the best type of motor oil for your engine and driving habits. Make sure your engine is protected and schedule your oil change appointment today!