How to Know When You Need an Oil Change?


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Your car’s engine oil is super important. It acts as a lubricant, helping to keep all of its moving parts running smoothly, so that excess friction doesn’t cause any damage. Because it’s so important, our Owens Murphy Volkswagen team wants to do everything that we can to ensure that our Arkansas drivers keep up with their oil changes. Check out this informative guide. We’ve included six major signs that it’s time for an oil change.

If it turns out that you need an oil change, just schedule an appointment by Little Rock, Benton, and Conway today.


1. Engine Knocking

One of the firsts signs to look for—or rather, listen for—is engine noise. You shouldn’t hear loud banging or rumbling noises while you drive. It could signal that your engine is actually starting to experience an excess amount of friction due to a lack of oil.

This may cause premature wear and tear. So, if you hear this, reach out to the team at our service center as soon as possible.

2. Dirty and Dark Oil

You can rely on your eyes to look for the next indicator that your VW needs an oil change. Clean, healthy oil should have an amber color. It should also be a bit translucent.

If you check your dipstick and see that it’s black and gritty, then it’s time to come in for an oil change.


3. Oily Smells

Now we move to the nose. Let’s say that you’re driving along, and you begin to smell oil, gas, exhaust, or burning. Smells such as these—inside the cabin, nonetheless—are telltale symptoms that your oil has gone bad.

It could also potentially be something more serious, so have one of our factory-certified technicians take a look.

4. Thick, Black Exhaust Smoke

This next sign is something that you’ll have to look for from outside of your Volkswagen car, crossover, or SUV. You should normally see some wispy vapors emitting from your tailpipe; when those turn into dense plumes of smoke, though, that’s a problem.

Our service team is known for fixing problems such as this, so stop by for an oil change should you come across this issue.


5. Oil Change Light

Your Volkswagen is equipped with dashboard lights that help keep you up to date on your vehicle’s condition.

If you notice that your dashboard’s Oil Change or Check Engine light has come on, this is your automobile telling you that it’s time to take it in for a check-up.

6. Time or Mileage

Last, but certainly not least, all Volkswagen vehicles come with specialized, manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedules. You can check your owner’s manual to see the exact oil change interval for your model.

If it’s been too many months or miles since your last oil change, drop us a line.


Schedule Your Oil Change Appointment Today

Have you noticed any of those signs or symptoms? Even if you haven’t, it might not hurt to get an expert opinion. Years of training and experience have helped our Volkswagen technicians develop their senses, so they know when a particular car is due for its next oil change. Best of all, making an appointment is simple!

All you have to do is schedule your appointment online, text us from your cell, give us a call on the phone, or stop by Owens Murphy Volkswagen in person. After all, we’re just a short drive away from Conway, Benton, and Little Rock, Arkansas.


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