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Although Jiffy Lube® has expanded services since it started, oil changes remain at the heart of everything we do. We even get a lot of other things done during a Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change, like checking your vehicle’s vital fluids, lights and tire pressure. These matters also need attention at routine intervals, just like oil needs to be changed. The correct oil change frequency for your ride depends on the make, model and year of your vehicle. Adhering to the recommended interval protects your warranty and helps prolong the health of your vehicle.

When to change motor oil also varies with driving circumstances, such as severe use. The condition of the oil itself can be a diagnostic tool that gives technicians a look inside the engine, much like a blood test can tell your doctor what’s going on inside your body. It can be complicated, but there are some specific things you can look out for yourself. Check the oil level with the dipstick every time you fill up with gas to check for warning signs. If the level is dropping, you may have a leak or the engine may be burning oil. Some oil consumption is expected, but if you need to add more than one quart between regular oil changes, it’s worth mentioning at your next service. 

If there are bubbles, foam, a milky appearance or a strong smell of gasoline, we recommend that you don’t wait for that next service — go to a Jiffy Lube® and have a trusted technician immediately take a look. These signs could mean you have water or fuel contamination, your oil level could be too high or an even more serious problem.

If you change your oil yourself but aren’t sure of how to dispose of it, your local Jiffy Lube will happily let you bring it in for us to recycle in an environmentally friendly way. Call your local service center to see if it is one of the many who will recycle it for you.

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