Complete Lube Service

Complete lube service sounds simple, but there’s some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely – which means expensive engine repairs. That’s why you need to change the oil and oil filter on schedule – to get the old oil out before it turns to sludge. Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how many miles you can go between oil changes. They also usually have a number of months between recommended oil changes. That’s because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down over time.

Your owner’s manual will have a recommendation for time and mileage, but you need to remember that it’s based on using the recommended weight of oil. If your vehicle came from the factory with synthetic oil, the recommended intervals assume you continue to use synthetic. How you drive can have a big effect as well. Most owner’s manuals will have a list of driving conditions that are harder on your vehicle. Things like stop and go driving, short trips, driving in very hot or very cold weather, heavy loads and towing, etc. If some of your driving fits this, you may need to change your oil and do other maintenance on a shorter schedule. Some vehicles have an oil life calculator that takes all of these factors into account and tells you when you should change your oil. Otherwise, when we do your Complete Lube Service, we can recommend the correct service interval due to your specific driving needs.

Most service intervals are usually for roughly 3,000 miles and use a standard oil filter. If your service interval is premium, such as 5,000 / 7,500 / 10,000, you will need to upgrade to a premium filter. Finally, if any of the steering or suspension parts can be lubed, your Certified ASE Master Technician will take care of that during your Complete Lube Service.

ENGINE AIR FILTER

Engine Air Filter cleans the air before it’s burned in your engine. Recommended to change your engine air filter when it’s dirty. Your manufacturer will recommend a mileage interval for replacing the air filter. If you drive where there’s lots of dust, pollution or pollen, your engine air filter will get dirty more quickly & need to be changed sooner. That’s why we check the air filter with every Complete Lube Service. We can visually tell if the filter needs to be changed.

Engine air filters can only hold so much dirt, which hurts fuel economy and may cause damage. It can also contaminate the Mass Air Flow Sensor which will affect drivability and can be fairly expensive to replace. A dirty air filter would also restrict the amount of air that gets to the engine which hurts fuel economy. We can replace your engine air filter with factory specifications.

CABIN AIR FILTER

Not all vehicles have them, so some people confuse their cabin air filter with the engine
air filter. Every vehicle has an engine air filter that cleans the air going into the engine, but not all have a cabin air filter that cleans the air going into the passenger compartment.

The cabin air filter cleans out dust, pollen, spores and other pollutants. To give a point of comparison, a grain of sand is about 200 microns across. A cabin air filter can stop particles that are just 3 microns in size. It really does make the passenger cabin a much more pleasant environment. When the cabin air filter gets dirty, you just need to replace it. Your owner’s manual may have a recommended interval for changing it. If not we recommend inspecting it during your Complete Lube Service. Some cabin air filters are very easy to access when it’s time to replace them, some are more difficult to get access. We may have to get behind the dashboard, which takes more time. A clean cabin air filter keeps out smog, allergens and other harmful pollutants. If it’s time, get it changed right away.