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Engine technology continues to advance, but one thing remains the same — your engine relies on oil to keep its moving parts lubricated and protected against the high heat of combustion. However, oil breaks down from usage and age, thus losing its ability to protect your engine. Fortunately, changing your engine oil takes very little time and costs between $30-$100 depending on your vehicle’s make, model, and type of oil.
#1 Cochran in Youngstown, OH, offers expert service for all your automotive needs, including oil changes. So, when it’s time for your vehicle’s oil change, you can count on us to do the job right.
The most crucial preventative task you can perform is to check your engine oil. We recommend you do this every other fill-up. Since you’re at a gas station, you can add oil immediately if the level is running low. Many new vehicles also come with engine oil life monitoring systems. These systems use advanced technology to measure the amount of oil and its age and alert you when you need to take action.
Oil monitoring systems can calculate when your oil starts to break down by tracking the operating conditions, engine temperatures, climate, speed, and driving habits. Your car’s onboard computer then crunches the data and projects the impact on your engine oil. As a result, you’ll get instant alerts and updates on the quality of your oil, removing the need to track mileage to determine when you need to change your car’s oil.
To keep the system accurate, you need to reset the oil life monitoring system after changing the oil. Our certified technicians do this after every oil change. We love DIY people because they share our passion for cars. So, if you prefer changing your engine oil at home, we support you. We can set you up with the correct oil and filter and offer any advice you might need. However, you’ll still need to reset the system. Feel free to bring your vehicle to us, and we can reset your vehicle’s system for you.
Modern vehicles use specialized oils that are tailor-made for their specific engines. These oils offer significant performance advantages, and you shouldn’t ignore them. Every car has a manufacturer-recommended oil to optimize engine performance and maximize protection. You can substitute an alternative oil to offset certain situations, such as driving conditions, climate, excessive mileage, and heavy workloads. Our expert technicians can help you decide which oil you should use if you need an alternative.
You have three basic types of oils to choose from—conventional oil, synthetic oil, and synthetic blends. Conventional oil has been used since the beginning, and while some new cars still use them, many manufacturers have moved away from them, preferring to use synthetic ones. Synthetic oils offer better protection against thermal breakdown, last longer, and can clean deposits from your engine without causing harm.
Your owner’s manual states your vehicle’s recommended oil. However, as your mileage climbs, you can switch to high-mileage variants to better protect older parts.
There are many benefits of changing your engine oil beyond basic thermal protection and lubrication. For instance, new engine oil reduces friction, which improves efficiency. As a result, you get better gas mileage and save money. Most experts agree that you can improve your efficiency by 0.5 mpg after an oil change.
By keeping your engine oil fresh, you also help your engine last longer. More new vehicles drive well over 100,000 miles with very few mechanical issues, provided their owners keep up with routine maintenance. Some new cars go over 200,000 miles.
When you change your engine oil on schedule, you keep your car’s resale value high. Most buyers, both private and dealerships, want to see you’ve maintained your vehicle well. As a result, they pay more for a properly maintained car. As always, you’ll need to prove this, so you should keep copious records to prove your service history.
At #1 Cochran, we have a state-of-the-art service center and provide our technicians with continuous training to stay on top of all automotive issues. Our technicians can change your oil in under 30 minutes, and we give every vehicle a complimentary multi-point inspection to ensure your car runs great.
Our customers ask us some great questions. So, we listed the more common ones here to help you better understand servicing your vehicle.
Your engine oil has a natural viscosity or the ability to protect itself against high heat while providing the necessary lubrication. As a result, oil changes help prevent thermal breakdown and extend your engine’s life. Changing your oil according to the recommended service schedule keeps your warranty in full effect.
In simple terms, viscosity tells us how much resistance to movement a particular liquid provides, which in this case is oil. In contrast, fluidity tells us how easily a liquid flows. So, a high-viscosity engine oil coasts the many moving parts within your engine, protecting them from friction and heat. Unfortunately, engine oils eventually lose this ability, which is an unfortunate result of use. To counter this, you have to change your oil, thereby optimizing your vehicle’s performance.
The frequency of oil changes varies according to your car’s year, make, and model. Modern cars have more advanced engine and oil technology and need less frequent oil changes, while older cars require them more often. A general rule for decades had us changing the oil every 3,000 miles. It isn’t uncommon for new vehicles to go 10,000 miles or more between oil changes. Check your owner’s manual for the correct interval.
Our expert technicians can change your oil in under 30 minutes from the moment you pull in to the second you drive away.
At #1 Cochran, we want you to enjoy your vehicle and all its benefits for as long as you own it. To do this, we recommend you perform routine maintenance, including oil changes. If you need an oil change or don’t remember the last time you changed it, you can schedule an oil change online, or stop by our service center at any time.