Signs That You May Need to Change Your Oil


Signs That You May Need to Change Your Oil

Your vehicle’s performance is highly optimized when it runs on clean and fresh engine oil—something that lubricates parts and maintains the health and functionality of the engine.

However, with time, you might see the oil breaking down and becoming incapable of performing its job. Once you see this happen, your car will show the following warning signs that elicit an immediate oil change:

1. Dirty oil: Clean oil is slightly translucent and has an amber color. It’s natural for it to become dark and greasy after a certain period owing to various particles collected from the engine. It’s often not clear when the oil turns dark and dirty, so you must be proactive in checking your engine oil every month.

2. Noisy engine: Oil acts as a protective shield between engine parts, preventing metal-to-metal friction and eliminating unpleasant noise from the engine. If your oil isn’t performing this function properly, you will experience engine noise. In extreme cases, you may even hear knocking sounds that indicate your engine is tearing up piece by piece due to a lack of motor oil that has become too old to work properly. It can also signify that its enough lubrication.

3. Excess exhaust: Most of today’s vehicles do not emit visible exhaust from their tailpipes. As such, any signs of excessive exhaust coming from your car’s tailpipe can be a telltale sign of an oil problem. Generally, excess exhaust release from vehicles indicates that motor oil has become too old to work properly. It can also signify that there are underlying engine problems like cracked gaskets. So make sure you get this checked as soon as possible.

4. Falling Oil Level: If your oil level seems to fall always and too fast, your oil system has likely developed a problem. So may undoubtedly top off your engine oil occasionally to reduce the frequency oil changes. However, you may need extra repairing service besides an oil top-up if you see your frequent changes in your oil level.

5. The smell of oil inside the car: Lastly, getting the smell of engine oil inside the cabin could mean that there’s a leak. Sometimes, this scent is mixed with the odor of gas or exhaust. Such a situation could mean that your engine is overheating and the engine oil is burning into the exhaust area.

Source: Nissan