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Oil Change

Whether you're checking fluid levels, monitoring the tire pressure, or just making sure the interior stays nice and shiny, maintenance and upkeep is the easiest way to assure that you'll get the best out of your vehicle. Getting an oil change is no different and Currie Chevy near Oak Park will have you in and out in no time.

Checking your oil is easy and all you need is a well-lit, level area and a rag or cloth. Pop the hood and make sure it's held up securely. Now, look for the dipstick. This is usually located in front of or next to the engine block. Some vehicles have a screw cap with the oil icon on it, while others have an easy to find hoop. Once you find it, pull the dipstick all the way out, using your rag or towel to wipe away all the oil. Once clean, insert it back into its holder and make sure it goes all the way back in. Now you can pull it back out and cleanly read your level. On the end of the stick, there should be two lines. If your oil is between those two lines, you're all set! If it is below the lower line, add no more than one quart of oil. Do not overfill, unless you want a black, sticky mess!

If you've ever been to an auto parts store or even down the automotive aisle at Jewel-Osco, you see that there are many oils to choose from. You've seen them all; 10W-30, 10W-40, 5W-20, 5W-30, 15W-40, and on and on. But what does that all mean? Well, grab your lab coat from high school science class and follow me. Today's word is: Viscosity. When talking about engine oils, viscosity pertains to its 'thickness' and resistance to flow. Think about water versus molasses. Which one has more viscosity? If you chose molasses, you get a gold star! Now, the 'W' on all these oils stands for Winter, and the number preceding it relates to its thickness in the cold. So, 5W-30 oil is better in cold weather than 10W-30 oil. The second set of numbers refers to the viscosity at higher temperatures. Therefore, 10W-40 will be thicker than 10W-30 at high temperatures. In order to find out which oils are best for your vehicle, you can look in the owner's manual or easily search it online.

So, when should you get an oil change? The old standard is every 3,000 miles but check your owner's manual or speak with a mechanic to find out the true mileage. The real factor is the kind of driving you are doing. Short trips or long stretches on the highway in hot or cold climates wear more on your oil. With the weather conditions in the Chicagoland area, changing every 3,000 miles may be best for you!

No matter what your vehicle and oil needs, you can be sure you'll get a quick and easy oil change at Currie Chevrolet near Oak Park today!

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