For Chevy-Certified Auto Service, Visit Pat McGrath Chevyland in Cedar Rapids

Here at Pat McGrath Chevyland we’re proud to offer genuine Chevy-Certified Service in Cedar Rapids IA. Whether you’re in need of a routine oil change or a major repair, we’re here to serve you and help you save money — which is why we’d like to help dispel some of the industry’s most persistent (and costly) rumors about oil changes!

Common Myths About Oil Changes

  • car oil changeYour oil must be changed every 3,000 miles – Oil chemistry and engine technology have advanced greatly in recent years and this is no longer necessary. Check your owner’s manual for the designated interval or when your vehicle’s oil life monitor light comes on. Most modern cars only need an oil change around every 7,800 miles.
  • You must to change your oil before a long road trip – While it is a good idea to get your car looked at before a long drive, if you’re not scheduled for an oil change on or during the trip, you don’t need to change it.
  • Most cars need to be serviced under the “severe” maintenance schedule –Regular stop and go traffic does not require a “severe” maintenance schedule. Vehicles that idle for hours at a time such as taxis and vehicles that pull heavy trailers, etc. require more frequent maintenance, but chances are yours doesn’t.
  • If the oil on the dipstick is black, the oil must be changed – Color is definitely not a good barometer for an oil change; oil is naturally dark in color and contains many additives that change its appearance
  • When you buy a new car, you have to change the oil at 3,000 miles to remove metal particles from the break-in process – While it’s true that more metal levels are higher during the break-in period, any pieces large enough to cause damage will be filtered out. However, if your manufacturer recommends an oil change at 3,000, do so. 
  • Once you use synthetic oil, you always have to use it ­– This is completely false. Synthetic and regular oil are often blended now. As long as the oil meets the service and viscosity requirements of your owner’s manual, you can switch back and forth.
  • Synthetic oil is better for your engine and improves fuel economy ­– Synthetic oil is may be slightly better lubricant, but the difference is usually negligible.

Stop by Pat McGrath Chevyland in Cedar Rapids Today

Pat McGrath Chevyland has an on-site, state-of-the-art service facility designed to provide Chevy Certified service to Cedar Rapids IA. We offer a full menu of services, including oil changes, so stop by today to schedule your next service appointment and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!