Time for an oil change? We complete oil changes as a standard part in many of our auto maintenance services, however we can also provide one-off replacement for small fees.
Fred’s Auto Center has been helping the people of West Haven, CT maintain their vehicle’s with quality auto services including oil change services for over 20 years.
What’s covered on this page?
- Conventional vs regular oil changes
- Benefits of regular oil changes
- What happens in an oil change
- An auto shop you can trust
When should you schedule an oil change?
- Your dashboard tells you to do so
- Your manufacturer recommends it (for example every 5,000 miles)
- Your engine oil hasn’t been changed for a while (for example a year or more)
Every vehicle is different and while most modern vehicles can run for about the same amount of miles before they need an oil change often 7,500-10,000 you should always follow the advice specific to your car. Recommended intervals can range anywhere from 3,000-10,000 miles.
Age is also an important consideration since engine oil degrades over time. Even if you are not driving your vehicle much, regular oil changes are still important.
Conventional vs Synthetic Motor Oil
Not sure whether you should use synthetic or conventional oil? Generally unless your manufacturer recommends it, we do not suggest to customers that there is a significant added benefit for using full synthetic oil.
Benefits of Regular Oil Changes
Engine oil is often referred to as the “lifeblood” of your vehicle. It’s one of the most important parts of car care and has many benefits including protecting internal engine parts.
Keeps your engine cool – Engines get really hot and the internal components can be put under a lot of pressure. Oil helps to dampen down the heat in your engine and prevent damage as well as overheating.
Prevents components from grinding – Without sufficient oil engine moving metal parts can grind against each other and cause wear.
Cleans the oil – Over time engine oil accumulates dirt and debris which can be harmful to the engine, causing parts to corrode and work harder – reducing lifespan. Fresh oil helps to ensure a clean supply. It’s also important to consider replacing the oil filter as this helps to remove impurities and keep the oil cleaner.
Improves fuel economy – Regular oil changes can even save you money in improved fuel economy – as much as 2%.
What happens in an oil change?
A mechanic will first check the level and condition of your oil to determine if a change is necessary. They will then drain the old oil, replace the oil filter which removes impurities and pour in the new oil. A typical change can take anywhere between 15-45 minutes.
An auto shop you can trust
With over 20 years experience and ASE certified technicians we are an auto garage you know you can rely on to get the job done right, for an affordable cost! Fred’s Auto Center is rated for quality customer service by dozens of satisfied past customers.
We use quality engine oil to help keep your vehicle healthy and working to it’s best. Fred’s Auto Center offer’s conventional oil, synthetic oil and full synthetic oil depending on your manufacturers recommendations and how you use your car.
Not sure what type of motor oil you need? Speak to one of our mechanics when scheduling your service.
We are open 7 days a week for oil changes and other auto services. Call us to schedule an appointment for your car or truck today:203-934-7251
Did you know? We can check your motor oil at our full-service gas station, get a fast oil change service while you fill up with gas. Check out our reviews on Gas Buddy.
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We are located on 244 Platt Ave, West Haven, CT. Give us a call today: