Oil Change Service & Filter Change
McSpadden’s Tire & Automotive – Austin and Buda, TX Oil Change Service
We all know how important it is to get a regularly scheduled oil change. Taking your vehicle in for a regular oil change service is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your engine.
Doing so will help keep your vehicle’s engine in optimal condition and running efficiently, even for several hundred thousand miles. While your engine is running, clean oil works to remove grime from the engine, keep sensitive components lubricated, and prevent engine overheating.
By having the old, existing oil and oil filter removed from the vehicle and replaced with new, clean oil and a fresh new oil filter, you’ll promote a longer life for your engine. Our oil change technicians recommend a full oil change service be done every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, depending on the type of oil being used, the type of vehicle, and your driving habits.
Trust the Local Professionals for Your Oil Change Needs
McSpadden's Tire & Automotive offers oil and filter changes at all of our Austin branches. Our fast and friendly staff can assist you with an oil change and we promise a very small wait time. We understand how important your time is and we won't make you wait any longer than you have to!
When you need an oil change in Austin and the surrounding areas, we’ve got you covered! As part of our top-quality and efficient oil change service, you can count on getting:
- Five quarts of high-quality oil (additional oil available as needed at an additional charge)
- Installation of a new oil filter
- Lubrication of your vehicle’s chassis
- Multi-point vehicle inspection
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We offer the biggest brands in oil and filters and we are sure we have the perfect combo for your vehicle! So why waste your time anywhere else? Stop by McSpadden's Tire & Automotive today! We have several different shops in Austin and each one is full of expert technicians and friendly faces ready to help you!
Call, stop by, or schedule an appointment online! You will be glad you did.
Protect Your Engine with Regular Oil Change Service
For your vehicle to run properly it needs oil. The oil running through your engine works hard to do its job, lubricating sensitive components and keeping your engine running. Without clean oil, your car will not get the protection that it needs and could end up leaving you stranded if you run out of oil. Austin is a big area and we wouldn't want you stranded on the side of the road.
Engine oil does not last forever. Over time, as the oil cycles through your engine, it picks up dirt and debris. This is exactly what it is supposed to do for your engine, but it does make the oil less and less effective over time. If this dirty oil is not changed out regularly, excessive sludge can build up, which can cause further damage and possibly lead to engine failure.
Also, without regular oil change service, your vehicle’s oil level may become too low without you being aware of it. When this happens, components can get overly hot very quickly because the engine is trying to run without a sufficient amount of lubrication. All of the internal metal components will start rubbing against each other, causing excessive heat and premature wear. This can quickly lead to your vehicle’s engine completely seizing up.
This is why we recommend that you bring your vehicle in for an oil and filter change every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first (unless your engine is running full synthetic oil, which can go longer). When you consider that a new engine can cost several thousand dollars, sometimes even more than the car is worth, it just makes sense to keep it protected with much less expensive regularly-scheduled oil changes.
After each oil change, we will give you a sticker for your windshield, reminding you the next time you need an oil change. Our goal is to help you keep your engine protected and your vehicle running the best it can!
The Importance of Changing Your Oil Filter Along With the Oil
As the name suggests, your engine’s oil filter works to filter particles and deposits from the oil as it cycles through, preventing them from causing further damage. But, just like your oil doesn’t last forever, neither does the oil filter. The filter can become clogged up or very dirty over time.
This is why the oil filter for your vehicle should also be checked and changed with each oil change.
Clean, new oil immediately starts working to pick up old deposits and metal flakes from oil passageways. In time, as the oil completes thousands and thousands of cycles through the engine, it starts to oxidize, while other reactions within the engine generate even more particles that the oil picks up. This puts more and more stress on the filter over time.
Some passageways within your engine are extraordinarily small — some main bearing clearances are only 0.002”, which is barely thicker than a human hair. You definitely don’t want stray particles to get stuck in there.
Regularly having the oil filter replaced when the oil is changed will ensure that your engine is adequately protected from the harmful buildup of particulates and metal deposits.
How Oil Works to Keep Your Engine Protected
The oil running through your vehicle’s engine plays a vital role in keeping it running smoothly, efficiently, and safely. But, you may be wondering how exactly it does that. Engine oil serves four major purposes:
- Keeps the engine clean: The engine oil works to keep dirt, combustion deposits, and other debris from building up on the engine components, while also preventing blockages within the engine. The oil absorbs and holds onto the dirt and debris, rendering it harmless until your vehicle’s next oil change service when that dirty oil is removed.
- Reduces friction and minimizes wear: The lubricating layer of protection over all of the sensitive engine components is formed by the oil’s special additives. This prevents damaging metal-on-metal contact and reduces friction between any of the moving parts. The lubrication enables your engine to operate efficiently, quietly, and safely.
- Removes any excess heat: Along with absorbing unwanted particles, the oil also safely absorbs the excess heat, pulling it away from sensitive areas like around the piston rings. It then redistributes the heat throughout the rest of the engine. By doing this, it prevents your engine from overheating while it is running.
- Prevents the buildup of corrosion and rust: Without protection, internal engine components can very quickly rust and build up harmful corrosion. The engine oil helps stop this from happening.
It’s important to do everything you can to help your engine stay properly protected. So, schedule your appointment today for an oil change service at the McSpadden's Tire & Automotive location nearest you!
How to Determine What Type Of Oil Is Best For Your Vehicle
The different types of oil all have different viscosities, additives, and levels of engine protection. For example, full synthetic oil is going to offer the highest level of protection and performance, while also lasting longer compared to conventional oil. It can all get confusing fast.
So, if you’re trying to determine the right oil for your vehicle, the first place to start is by looking in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. There you will find the minimum oil specifications recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
When determining which motor oil might be the best option, you also have to consider several other factors, including:
- Type of Vehicle: For example, a high-performance sports car will need a different type of engine oil than a mid-size pick-up truck will need.
- Vehicle’s age and total mileage: Most newer vehicles require either a synthetic blend or full synthetic motor oil. In engines with over 75,000 miles, it is recommended to use high-mileage motor oil to sufficiently protect an older engine.
- Your driving habits: How and where you drive has a significant impact on the life expectancy of your motor oil. For example, if you are frequently in stop-and-go traffic or towing heavy loads, you may need a higher-quality oil to prevent excessive wear and tear in your engine.
Also, the hotter summer temperatures, like we experience here in Central Texas, can directly impact how quickly the oil flows and how well it can lubricate engine components. So, it’s not uncommon for a different oil to be used during the summer months.
Our expert technicians here at McSpadden's Tire & Automotive can recommend the best kind of engine oil for your vehicle and driving habits. Keep your engine protected with regular oil change service. Schedule your appointment today!