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Do you want to maintain or even improve your car’s fuel efficiency? Want to avoid expensive engine problems? Want to extend the life of your vehicle? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s important that you get in the habit of changing your oil according to the manufacturer-recommended service schedule. But if you haven’t been sticking to the oil change schedule in your owner’s manual, how do you know if you’re due for one? Here are some of the top signs to visit an auto repair shop in Silver Spring, MD for an oil change.

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Engine Oil Looks Dirty or Smells Burnt

If you aren’t already, you should get in the habit of checking the engine oil level on a regular basis. When you do, take note of the condition of the oil. Engine oil that looks black and gritty and/or smells burnt is concerning and signals that your vehicle needs to be brought in for an oil change. Driving on worn-out oil can be very damaging to the engine.

Your Vehicle is Running Poorly

Because oil lubricates the engine, another signal of worn-out motor oil is loud engine noises, unresponsive acceleration, burning smells, and other obvious signs of engine trouble. Even if dirty, worn-out oil isn’t responsible for the poor performance or engine troubles you’re experiencing, it’s still good to bring your vehicle to an auto repair shop so a trained technician can take a look and get to the bottom of the issue.

You Can’t Remember the Last Oil Change

If you can’t remember the last time you had an oil change, it’s probably safe to say that your car is due (if not overdue) for one. Bring your car to an auto repair shop for an oil change and get started on a routine schedule so you can keep your car in tiptop shape.

Murray’s Auto Clinics can get you in and out and back on the road as quickly as possible. Visit either of our state-of-the-art auto service centers in Silver Spring, MD for fast, affordable, and professional auto maintenance and repair. Call us at 301-585-7557 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a service appointment for your vehicle.