Oil change recommendations vary based on driving conditions, year, make and model of vehicle and in some instances type of oil used. Motor oil is your vehicle’s life blood and changing it according to the manufacturer’s schedule and your type of driving conditions is critical for long engine component life. In addition, oil changes are necessary to maintain your vehicle’s new or extended warranty.

Oil Change:

Having your oil changed is a regular part of vehicle maintenance and helps keep your vehicle on the road for longer. Stay on top of your routine auto maintenance and get to know why this service is so important with these frequently asked questions below. Fallen behind on your vehicle maintenance?

How often should I change my oil?

As a rule of thumb, your oil should be changed at least twice a year or every 5,000 to 7,500 km. These numbers will change depending on your vehicle, how often you drive and the type of oil you use.


Why should I do a full oil change instead of just topping it off?

When you add new motor oil to bring your oil levels back up to normal, the old, sludgy, dirty oil doesn’t disappear—it’s just mixed with the new, fresh, clean oil. This puts more stress on the new oil and keeps it from working as well as it could. By all means, top off your oil if you’re in an emergency low-oil situation, but make sure to follow up with a full oil change!


What happens during an oil change?

During an oil change, we do more than pour new oil in your engine. We’ll remove your old, gunky oil and replace it with a full synthetic oil, synthetic blend, conventional, or high mileage oil depending on your vehicle’s needs. We’ll also replace and recycle your oil filter and perform a courtesy inspection which includes fluid, light, and battery checks to make sure you drive away confident in your vehicle’s safety.

What’s the difference between synthetic and conventional motor oil?

Conventional motor oil is derived from petroleum and is typically considered to be less desirable than synthetic oils. Synthetic oils are refined and further processed, eliminating particulates that may live on in conventional oils. It is also more durable, lasting longer and withstanding extreme heat better than conventional oil.


Is it better to change your oil when it’s hot or cold outside?

it’s important to change your oil year-round. However, if it is cold outside, you may want to run your engine for 5 minutes before the oil change so that the oil flows out of the drain plug easily when changing the oil.


If I go longer between oil change intervals, do I need to change my oil filter more frequently? Or do I need a special filter?

The best way to prolong the life of your vehicle is to not skip regular maintenance such as oil changes. Your oil filter removes impurities that may damage your engine, so if you must wait longer than changing your filter more frequently may not be a bad idea. Talk to your service professional about what will work best with your vehicle and the brand of oil you use.


I like to change my oil myself. How do I dispose of the old fluid?

Collect your oil in a sealed container and return the oil to an acceptable service centre or a waste disposal site.

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Most frequently asked questions about the Oil Change service by the customers and their answers.

Can I switch brands of oil between oil changes?
As long as the motor oil meets the viscosity grade and engine oil specification listed in your owner’s manual, switching motor oil will not be a problem. In fact, we recommend chatting with your technician to see if we have a motor oil that offers better performance than what you’re currently using! And yes, you can easily switch back-and-forth between synthetic and conventional motor oils!
What makes an oil change different for diesel cars?
Diesel motor oils contain higher amounts of additives than gasoline motor oils because diesel engines tend to be dirtier. When it comes to the labor involved, diesel engines don’t really require any extra care, though they do tend to need more frequent oil and filter changes.
Should oil be siphoned or drained?
Traditionally, oil changes involve draining the oil (aka using gravity to do all the dirty work). In recent years, a suction method (known as “siphoning”) has experienced a gain in popularity. These new siphoning machines, using a method adapted from motor boats, attach to the dipstick and suction oil out of the engine. There’s some disagreement on which method removes oil the best, but everyone agrees that getting your oil changed is a must!


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