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A mechanic repairing the car engine

We continue our blog on “Common Questions About Oil Changes,” with the following questions and answers.

What Happens During an Oil Change?

During an oil change in Hendersonville, NC, the mechanics at Jiffy Lube remove your old, gunky oil and replace it with synthetic oil, synthetic blend, conventional, or high-mileage oil depending on your vehicle’s needs. After replacing your oil filter, an inspection of the fluids, lights, and battery is conducted to make sure the vehicle is safe.

Why Should I Do a Full Oil Change Instead of Just Topping It Off?

If you just add new motor oil to bring your oil levels back up to normal, the old, sludgy, dirty oil mixes with the new clean oil. This prevents the new oil from working as well as it could. In an emergency, you can top off your oil if, but make sure to follow up with a full oil change.

Can I Switch Brands of Oil Between Oil Changes?

Switching motor oil is not a problem as long as the motor oil meets the viscosity grade and engine oil specification in your owner’s manual. It is also okay to switch between synthetic and conventional motor oils.

Is It Better to Change Your Oil When It’s Hot or Cold Outside?

It’s important to change your oil throughout the year. If it is cold outside, run your engine for five minutes before the oil change so that the oil flows out of the drain plug easily when changing the oil.

Can Cold Weather Affect When I Need an Oil Change?

Follow the vehicle owner’s manual to determine the proper oil drain interval. Oil drain intervals are not at all dependent on outside temperatures.