To keep your Nissan running like new, it’s important to make sure your car stays up to date on its oil change schedule. That’s why it’s critical to know your oil change interval, but if you don’t, knowing the warning signs that your car is due for an oil change can help.

We’ve put together a guide for spotting the most common indicators that your car needs service. Give it a read and let us know if you still have questions.

5 Signs Your Vehicle Needs an Oil Change

Check Engine or Oil Change Light Is On

Noticing dashboard signals and notifications like the check engine light is the first and easiest indication your car might need service. When these lights appear on your vehicle’s dashboard, check your oil level with the dipstick. If the oil level is below normal, schedule an appointment to have it changed.

Engine Is Loud and Knocking

If the engine of your vehicle is louder than usual or making a knocking sound, your car needs an oil change as soon as possible. That knocking noise likely means your oil is so low that the engine isn’t properly lubricated. If not addressed promptly, you might be in for extensive engine damage and an expensive bill.

Excessive Driving Mileage

Have you put an excessive amount of miles on your car in the past month or so? If you have, it’s probably worth checking your oil. Depending on your car and the type of oil it takes, driving long distances can cause the oil to degrade faster than you may be used to.

Most cars require an oil change every 3,000 miles or so, but newer cars require an oil change every 6,000 miles. For an exact oil change schedule, check your vehicles owners manual or contact our service department to speak to a licensed technician.

Dirty and Dark Oil

Clean oil has an amber color, and as time goes on the oil collects particles from the engine causing it to become dark and dirty. We recommend that you check the condition and coloring of your oil every month. When the oil becomes dark and thick, it’s time to schedule a service visit.

Exhaust Smoke

If you begin to notice smoke coming from your tailpipe, it may be time to check your oil — there could be a leak. If you notice the oil level is low or you find a leak, call and make an appointment to get the issue taken care of.

Schedule Your Oil Change Appointment in Asheboro, NC

Now that you know all the signs for when to get your oil changed, call us today at Asheboro Nissan or schedule an appointment online. We are happy to serve you in the Asheboro, Greenboro, and High Point, North Carolina, areas.