CHANGE YOUR ENGINE OIL
DID YOU KNOW?
The most important thing you can do to keep your vehicle
running for a long time is to change your oil on schedule. With a full service
oil change, your other fluids are checked and topped off
so you don't run into problems from low fluids. Your
technician may see a developing problem and he'll remind you
of any other recommended maintenance.
Willoughby Hills Auto Repair we install
quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call and
let us help keep you safely and economically on the road.
oil filter sifts out contaminants, allowing the oil to flow
through the engine unrestricted. Should the oil filter become
restricted or clogged with contaminants, they will flow around
the filter. This bypassing is a safety mechanism, but you
never want to let oil and filter changes go so long that
bypassing takes place.
Check the owner's manual
to see if your driving habits are considered to be "severe
service." This type of driving requires more frequent oil
changes, warns the Car Care Council. Have the oil changed
accordingly, usually every 3-5,000 miles. For less wear and
tear on the engine, drivers in cold climates (sub-zero
driving temperatures) should
drop their oil weight from 10-W30 to 5-W30.
It’s Not Just An Oil Change
Why should you change
your oil every 3,000-5,000 miles?
● Even in today’s cars, oil is still the same
and still breaks down. Your car still burns off oil, no matter how
new the vehicle is.
● We believe it’s better to have a clean engine internally than
going to the limit and developing sludge.
● Getting your oil changed every 3,000 miles also gives you peace of
mind knowing the vehicle will be inspected and possibly finding a
problem that can prevent further damage and more costly repairs down
Remember, we perform a complete 51-point courtesy check each time
your vehicle is in. From burnt out light bulbs to battery strength
to suspension wear, we will update you on your vehicle’s condition.
● You invest a lot of money in a new car! Changing oil every 3,000
miles gets your investment inspected an average of 4 times per year.
Four times per year seems very little to protect an investment worth
$20,000 & up!
● Camshaft valve timing is controlled by oil pressure. Some cars use
a Variable Valve Timing Solenoid to control timing. This solenoid
has small screens that the oil travels through. Dirty oil will clog
screen and change timing and the way the car performs. Trust us,
we’ve seen it!
you change your oil with Willoughby Hills Auto Repair?
● We have ASE certified technicians perform your oil service,
inspect your vehicle and look out for your best interest.
● If you go for the inexpensive oil change, you take the risk of not
having a thoroughly trained technician looking for potential issues
on your vehicle that may need attention.
● We use semi-synthetic blend oil as our standard oil for our oil
● We use a high quality NAPA oil filter for your oil service.
● We perform a complete 51-point courtesy check on each vehicle that
comes in for an oil service.
● We check and top off all your fluids, test the battery, look at
brakes, tire condition and tire pressure, inspect belts and hoses
and suspension components, we even check the lights! Our technicians
take their time to make sure your vehicle is treated as if it were
one of their own.
● Weather permitting; we will wash your vehicle for you as well.
● We care about you and we want to be your technicians for life. We
value and appreciate your business. When you come here, you’re part
of the family. We offer complimentary snacks and beverages in our
waiting area. We will give you a ride home or to work, then pick you
back up when your vehicle is completed. If you need a car, we can
schedule you for one of our free loaner vehicles.
● You can expect to be treated the way you deserve to be treated
when you do business with Willoughby Hills Auto Repair.
Willoughby people generally accept that many things in life
require regular maintenance: their teeth, clothes, yards and so
on, but OH drivers often don’t apply the idea of maintenance to
you never brush your teeth or go to the dentist, you’ll become
painfully aware of your neglect when you get a big cavity. Once
the damage is done, we learn our critical lesson and start to take
better care of things.
Unfortunately, Willoughby Hills people too often learn the hard
automotive lesson when they bring their vehicle to Willoughby
Hills Auto Repair on a tow truck. So many times, a
little routine maintenance would have prevented an expensive
how do Willoughby Hills drivers get into the habit of taking care
of their sedans? It’s so easy to forget; not like cutting the
grass which you see it every time you pull in the driveway.
Here’s something that will help: The key to good sedan maintenance
starts with the oil
change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service
oil change in Willoughby Hills, your caring Willoughby Hills
Auto Repair service advisor will check all your fluids. If one of
them is low, he can look for the reason why. If your serpentine
belt is worn, he’ll see it and let you know. Corroded battery
cable – they’ve got you covered. And they’ll check to see if your
manufacturer has recommended any critical services at your current
The oil change becomes kind of a focal point, a way to check in
to see what needs to be done.
fact is that vehicle inspection surveys consistently reveal that
over 80% of
vehicles have one or more unperformed repair or
maintenance service. Vehicles are generally very reliable and can
take a lot of abuse and neglect – but you can only press your luck
when you come into Willoughby Hills Auto Repair for an oil change,
you get a visual
inspection of your car and
a reminder for recommended services so you can avoid a total
failure. And remember that your service advisor can help you work
out a maintenance and repair plan for your sedan, prioritizing and
scheduling the work to make sure you and your family are safe,
addition to full-service oil changes, at Willoughby Hills Auto
Repair we also offer brakes, tires and tires.
at Willoughby Hills Auto Repair are surprised to learn that there
are actually two service schedules for their vehicles. One is the
regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule.
Let’s look at what the manufacturers say
constitutes severe driving conditions, and let you draw your own
Most of your trips are less than four miles
Most of your trips are less than ten miles
and outside temperatures are below freezing
The engine is at low speed most of the time
– not on the highway
You operate your vehicle in dusty areas
You regularly tow a trailer, carry heavy
loads or a car-top carrier
Stop and go driving
Driving in very hot or very cold weather
So you can see that a lot has to do with how
you drive, but some has to do with where you drive. Some areas of
the country will be more or less severe than it is here in
For many, normal driving includes elements of
severe service driving. So how do you know? Picture a line with
‘regular’ on one end and ‘severe’ on the other, and make a
judgment on where you fall.
regular oil change recommendation is 5,000 miles and the
severe service recommendation is 3,000 – when should you change
your oil? For some, it’s closer to 3,000 miles. For others, it’s
closer to 5,000 miles. Your service advisor will be happy to have
this discussion with you and help you sort it out.
If you drive where the air is dusty or
polluted, fluids will become contaminated and filters will get
dirtier more quickly.
So make an honest evaluation of your driving
conditions. You’ve made the commitment to take care of your
vehicles, so it only makes sense to follow the right preventative
Give us a call for advice for your car based
on your personal driving conditions:
Willoughby Hills Auto Repair
34801 Chardon Rd
Willoughby Hills, OH 44094
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AREAS OF YOUR VEHICLE
An oil change at your local Willoughby Hills
OH auto shop: Sounds simple, but there’s some pretty important
things to know about
preventing oil sludge.
Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly.
Literally – petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and
keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine,
causing parts to wear out prematurely. And that
means expensive engine repairs.
That’s why you need to change the oil and oil filter on
schedule – to get the old oil out before it turns to
sludge. Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how many
miles you can go between oil changes. They also usually have a
number of months between recommended oil changes (see article
above). That’s because the detergents and other additives in the
oil break down over time.
Your owner’s manual will have a
recommendation for time and mileage, but you need to remember that
it’s based on using the recommended weight of oil. And if your
vehicle came from the factory with synthetic oil, the recommended
intervals assume you continue to use synthetic.
Also how you drive around Northeast Ohio can have a big effect.
Most owner’s manuals will have a list of driving
conditions that are harder on your vehicle. Things like
stop and go driving in Willoughby Hills, short trips to Cleveland
or even neighboring Mentor, driving in very hot or very cold
weather, heavy loads and towing. If some of your driving fits
this, you may need to change your oil and do other maintenance on
a shorter schedule.
This may sound complicated. Some vehicles in
Ohio have an oil life calculator that takes all
of these factors into account and tells you when you should change
your oil. Otherwise, talk with your Ohio service advisor at
Willoughby Hills Auto Repair about how you drive and get her
recommendation for when to take care of your service.
Finally, if any of the steering or suspension
parts can be lubed, your technician at Willoughby Hills Auto
Repair will take care of that with a lube, oil and filter service.
Willoughby Hills Auto
Repair is a Car and Light Truck repair shop providing automobile
service for foreign & domestic cars
OIL CHANGE SERVICES,
SERVICE, CLUTCH REPAIRS,
AIR CONDITIONING ELECTRONIC TESTING,
WIPER BLADES, BATTERIES, BELTS & HOSES,
WHEEL ALIGNMENT. Serving
Northeast Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Lake County & Geauga County. City
Willoughby & Willoughby Hills,
Wickliffe, Mentor, Concord, Kirtland & Kirtland Hills, Waite Hill, Wickliffe, Mayfield &
Mayfield Village, Euclid, Highland Heights, Gates Mills, Chardon OH,
Chesterland, S. Euclid & surrounding areas.