How Often Should You Change Your Oil
The typical recommendation for a Synthetic Blend oil change for our hot, dusty, climate in the Phoenix valley is every 3,000 miles whereas a Full Synthetic oil change service should be changed between 5,000 – 6,000 miles.
Oil change intervals vary based on the specific manufacturer’s requirements of oil weight and quantity used. At Sun Devil Auto, we follow all manufacturer’s suggested intervals.
Oil is used to lubricate the engine, absorb heat, and keep internal parts working efficiently. With time and use engine oil starts to break down and needs to be replaced with fresh, clean oil to protect the engine.
Warning Signs You Need An Oil Change
Most cars today have an oil change reminder that will indicate the oil is due to be changed. These algorithm indicators rely mostly on mileage and lack sensors to detect the quality of the oil. Most cars do not have a system of indicating when you are past due for an oil change service.
Here are some warning signs that may suggest you need an oil change:
- Check engine or oil pressure light
- Dark, dirty oil
- Engine noise or knocking sound
- Excessive mileage since last oil change
How Sun Devil Auto Oil Changes Work
Sun Devil Auto prides itself on a smooth and comprehensive procedure. We begin the process by moving the vehicle into one of our designated service bays where we are able to lift the car to begin the service and inspection process. Each Technician begins the service with a 2-page inspection report. This report is a checklist of components to check to identify any current concerns or maintenance that may be needed at the time or that will be needed in the future.
During this service, the Technician will drain spent oil from the vehicle and remove the oil filter. The Technician will replace the engine oil filter, add new oil, and perform a chassis lube where applicable. Vehicle fluids will be checked and topped off including windshield washer solvent. Lastly, the tires will be rotated when necessary.
Sun Devil Auto strives to use only Premium Engine Oils and Fluids provided by Valvoline. We carry a full line of Valvoline Fluids including Synthetic Blend Oils, Full Synthetic Oils, and manufacturer specified Transmission and drivetrain fluids suitable for servicing all makes and models of cars and light trucks. All Valvoline filters and fluids that are used meet or exceed vehicle manufacturer requirements.
At Sun Devil Auto, we stock a wide variety of oils including:
- Synthetic Blend Oil
- Full Synthetic Oil
- High Mileage Oil
- European Oil
- Diesel Oil
- And more
The Sun Devil Auto Oil Change includes:
Oil change – Old, spent oil is removed from your vehicle. Clean, fresh oil, per specifications of vehicle manufacturer, are added to the engine.
Oil filter replacement – Used oil filter is removed and properly recycled and replaced with a superior quality Valvoline filter that meets or exceeds manufacturer specifications.
Lube chassis – Older model vehicles that require greased fittings will be lubed as needed.
Fluid check – Fluids including brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, windshield washer fluid, and transmission fluid (if applicable) will be checked and topped off.
Tire rotation – Tires will be visually inspected, air pressure checked and adjusted if needed, and when necessary, rotated.
Complete vehicle inspections – Vehicle will be inspected inside and out including the exterior, belts and hoses, power steering, brake system, under car including the suspension system, driveline, air conditioning system, ignition, and tires.
Frequently Asked Questions About Oil Changes
Q: How long does an oil change take?
A: Our typical full inspection oil change service, with tire rotation, takes approximately 1 hour with a scheduled appointment.
Q: How much is an oil change?
A: Synthetic blend oil changes are $24.95, Full Synthetic oil changes start at $49.95, and diesel oil changes start at $69.95. Prices do not include tax and disposal fees. Additional quarts are extra.
Q: What kind of oil does my car take?
A: Many modern vehicles today use synthetic blend or full synthetic oils. To be sure, refer to your owner’s manual or visit a Sun Devil Auto. Our Service Advisors are happy to answer all your automotive questions including the type of oil your vehicle requires, and the quantity needed to provide an accurate cost estimate based on the car, truck, or SUV you drive.
Q: How do I know when my next oil change is due?
A: After each Sun Devil Auto oil change, a sticker is placed in the upper left-hand corner of the driver’s windshield as a reminder. We can also send a reminder when your next service is due to let you know it is time to schedule your next appointment. Just ask your Service Advisor for details!