Is it time for your Kia’s next oil change? If you’re local to Anniston, Riverside, and Oxford, AL, you can always visit the dedicated auto service center at Kia Store Anniston—Oxford for quick, quality oil changes. Our service center also specializes in comprehensive auto care and repair.
Down below, you will learn all about our oil change procedure, why oil changes are important, and signs you need to have your oil changed as soon as possible.
What is an Oil Change and How is it Done?
At our Kia service center, our team of factory-trained service technicians are well-versed when it comes to oil changes. Oil changes are a common maintenance procedure that is performed routinely according to your Kia’s maintenance schedule.
When you bring your Kia ride into our garage for an oil change, we will drain out the crude oil and clean out the system for any dust, dirt, and grime. At this time, we will also take out your old oil filter and replace it with a new one. We will then replenish your oil with the correct motor oil for your Kia model.
As a safety precaution, we will check your oil level and check for any leaks before you leave our shop.
Why Are Oil Changes Important?
Your engine is the most important aspect of your Kia ride. Without performing regular oil changes, this can drastically reduce your vehicle’s engine performance. Oil changes help clean out any debris that can build up in the engine. Sludge buildup is also a common problem in engines; however, an oil change will completely remove it.
Not only can fresh oil help your vehicle’s engine run more efficiently, but it also keeps it clean and healthy for the many miles to come.
When Do I Need an Oil Change?
When it comes to knowing when you need an oil change, you can pay attention to any differences you notice while driving, while parked, or while taking a peek under the hood. For starters, you may notice these warning signs while you’re driving:
- Irregular engine noise or ticking: Oil makes your engine run smoothly. However, when it’s time for an oil change, this can cause a knocking or ticking noise at startup.
- Oil change/check engine light on your dashboard: If your check engine light comes on, this can point to a needed oil change. However, since this can point to many issues, it’s always best to bring your vehicle in for a diagnosis.
- Transmission issues: Have you noticed your Kia ride is having trouble shifting gears? This can mean it’s been too long since your last oil change.
- Shaking while idling: Your Kia can shake for a number of reasons, but a needed oil change can cause it to shake excessively while idling.
- Oil smell in the cabin: If you’ve noticed an oil smell in your Kia, there may be a malfunction with the engine that’s worth having checked out.
There also are a couple exterior signs that you can look out for, including:
- Smoke coming out of your exhaust pipe
- Oil leaks when you’re parked
For those who are comfortable checking their own oil, you may notice these symptoms of a needed oil refresher:
- Low oil levels
- Oil film throughout the engine compartment
- Particles in the oil—like flakes or grit
- Sludgy/chunky consistency
Need an Oil Change?
Have you noticed any of the above warning signs in your Kia model? If so, stop by our auto service center at Kia Store Anniston—Oxford near Anniston, Riverside, and Oxford, Alabama, today for a Kia oil change.