Lube, Filter & Oil Change Service - Cowichan Auto Repair

Lube, Filter & Oil Change

Duncan Oil Change Service

Discover the difference a Professional Oil Change can make! We use premium quality semi and full synthetic oils. Our filters provide 50% more filtration surface than the less expensive top selling filters. Also you car or truck goes up on a hoist where it’s given a once over by a professional mechanic. That way small problems are found before they become big problems when you’re out on the road. So come to Cowichan Auto Repair for a Professional Oil Change.

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Regular oil changes are one of the least expensive, easy, and effective ways to prolong the life of your engine and protect it’s inner workings from adverse wear. Motor oil is the lifeblood of your car’s engine. Regular oil changes can reduces friction, lessen wear, and provide lubrication for the inner workings of your engine. Motor oil also forms a seal between the rings, pistons and cylinder walls helping to keep your engine cool. Fresh oil also acts as a cleaning agent within your engine, preventing carbon and varnish buildup which can severely reduce your engine’s efficiency and longevity.

Lube, Filter & Oil Change Service Frequently Asked Questions

I don't drive a lot. Do I still need an oil change?
Your owner’s manual should give you a recommended mileage interval and a recommended time interval for an oil changes – for example, it might say “every 10,000 kms or every six months.” To help keep your car in tip-top shape, follow whichever oil change interval comes first – in your case, probably the time interval.
Do I need to change oil filter every time?
Car manufacturers often suggest changing oil filters every other time you have your oil changed. Most parts and oil manufacturers, however, say to replace oil filters with every oil change, which should occur every 5,000 kms or three months (whichever comes first).
Should I always use the same brand of oil in my car, or is it OK to change it up?
It’s okay to change the brand, but not necessarily the type (conventional, high-mileage, synthetic oil). Our qualified service technicians can help you choose the right oil for your make and model.
What does oil viscosity grade mean? Which one should I use?
“Viscosity” is the fancy word for the motor oil’s thickness. Our qualified service technicians can help you determine the right viscosity for your make and model. Not convenient to stop by? You can also check your owner’s manual or oil cap for manufacturer recommendations.
Will my check engine light come on if I need an oil change?
Nope. If your “Check Engine” light comes on, it’s an indicator that something’s up, but don’t fret. It may be something small. Bring your vehicle in to our shop at your earliest convenience so we can take a look.
Why is it bad for my car if I don't change the oil regularly?
Oil lubricates the moving parts of your engine and keeps them cool by lowering friction and carrying heat away. It also keeps any grit or tiny particles from scratching tightly-fitted parts. Heat breaks down oil and can make the oil gummy or watery (or both), so that it doesn’t lubricate properly. And the longer it’s in the engine, the more contaminated it gets.
Should I consider using synthetic oil?
Synthetic oil lubricates better than traditional motor oil, and it stands up to high heat better without turning into gel or getting watery. Some blends of synthetic oil are designed to keep high-mileage vehicles rolling longer. Others are meant for high-performance engines. Still others can help to improve your car’s fuel mileage. Interested in switching? Speak with one of our qualified service technicians to find the right one for you.
How often do I need to change my oil? I have always heard every 5,000 kms, but my car manual says every 12,000kms?
Rules of thumb are great, but it’s always best to follow the manufacturer recommendations regarding oil changes as outlined in your owner’s manual.
What is an oil pan, and what does it do?
In a nutshell, the oil pan is a reservoir located in the bottom of the engine’s crankcase. It holds additional oil for lubrication of the engine and also helps ensure that the engine does not run out of oil.