A running engine creates heat – lots of it – and that heat could damage the engine’s working parts. That’s the main role of motor oil: to lubricate those parts and carry away that potentially harmful heat as well as dirt and particles that build up in the circulating oil over the miles. The oil filter works to stop those contaminants from circulating back through to the engine where they can be abrasive to its components, and it needs to be replaced each time you have the oil changed.
Oil that’s past its prime can oxidize, thin out, or turn sludgy. All of these conditions cause the engine to work harder, causing performance and fuel economy to dip and possibly shortening the life of the engine. For all of these reasons, you should keep your Nissan on a maintenance regimen, giving it the attention it needs to deliver optimal fuel economy and power. Regular oil and oil filter changes are so important for any vehicle to run at its best. With an average amount of driving (around 12,000 miles per year), most people need just two oil changes each year. But even if you drive much less than that – as little as 6,000 miles per year – it’s a good idea to change the oil every six months rather than leaving oil to sit too long.
Scheduling Your Oil/Oil Filter Change
Your vehicle may have an oil life monitor that displays on the instrument panel how much effective life the oil has. This handy feature lets you know when it’s getting to be time to change the oil so that you can schedule your service visit.
Oil changes are inexpensive and quick. They can be done while you wait in our comfortable waiting area. The regular visits you make also give our experienced Balise Nissan technicians the chance to keep an eye on your vehicle to spot any issues that may be starting. In a lot of cases they can correct issues at the root and keep them from turning into more extensive – and therefore more expensive – repairs. They also know the proper type (synthetic or conventional) and weight of oil that should be used in your particular vehicle, so you get the right stuff every time.
You can easily schedule your Nissan’s oil change using our online scheduling tool. You can also call 401-785-8938 to speak with one of our friendly service advisors and make your appointment that way.