Oil changes are an essential part of your routine maintenance. Getting your oil changed regularly can help you keep your car or SUV on the road for a long time. So, how do you know when its time to get your oil changed?

While every vehicle has a recommended maintenance schedule, there are still some warning signs you should be aware of. To show drivers in the Parsippany, Wayne, and Morristown, NJ areas what to look for, Paul Miller Subaru Service Center put together this list of 5 signs you need an oil change.

1. Oil Pressure Warning Light

When you're low on oil, or you're overdue for an oil change, you'll eventually see a dashboard warning light that looks like an old-fashioned oil can. It's both a helpful reminder that you need service, and a warning that you should stop driving until you've had an oil change.

2.   Loud Knocking Sound

Oil helps all the parts of your engine run smoothly. When those parts aren't properly lubricated, it can be hard for your engine to function properly. Since your engine is struggling to power your vehicle, you might hear some loud noises coming from under the hood. Usually these sound like a knocking or a tapping sound.

3.   Overheating Engine

One of oil's primary jobs is cooling your engine down. Not having enough oil puts your engine at risk of overheating. The same is true if you're overdue for an oil change. Old oil isn't very effective at cooling your parts down. If you see your engine temperature rising drastically, you probably need new oil.

4.   Smell Oil in the Cabin

If you start to pick up the scent of oil while you're driving, you'll need to get service immediately. Smelling oil can mean one of two things: Either your engine is overheating and burning up what's left of the oil, or you've got a crack somewhere and your oil is leaking. Once oil leaks out, it can burn up on other parts, too.

5.   Dark Oil

One of the best ways to see if you need an oil change is to look under the hood. Checking your oil is easy. Just pop the hood, locate the dipstick, pull it out, and wipe it on a rag or a paper towel. Healthy oil has a golden brown, amber color. It also flows freely like water. Over time, oil's color and consistency can change. After a few months and a few thousand miles, it looks like a thick, black sludge.

Schedule an Oil Change

If you notice any of these 5 signs you need an oil change, schedule service with Paul Miller Subaru. Our service center features a team of experienced technicians. They're highly trained on every Subaru model, so they can help drivers near Parsippany, Wayne, and Morristown, NJ with all your maintenance and repairs.

To make getting an oil change as convenient as possible, we offer loaner cars and a comfortable waiting room that features free Wi-Fi, a TV lounge, and refreshments. Contact us to learn more or visit our service center.

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