The Lifeblood of Vehicles
Engine oil is essential to keeping your Ford vehicle healthy. Think of it as the equivalent to our own blood system. Engine oil keeps a vehicle’s parts moving freely by keeping them well lubricated, preventing any bad friction or grinding. It also helps to remove heat from the engine and keep it clean to promote a longer life and maximum performance from your Ford. As the oil moves around the body it picks up dirt and “germs” from the engine. After time the oil becomes too dirty to efficiently do its job and becomes ineffective. So, paying close attention to the oil in your vehicle and changing it on a regular schedule is important. That includes what kind of oil you are giving your car or truck.
The motor oils we keep in stock include:
Conventional Motor Oil:
Ideal for light-duty, late-model vehicles with low to average mileage. This is the most common and least expensive motor oil. It’s oil that has literally been drilled from the ground. In its natural state, the oil contains nitrogen, oxygen and metals like nickel. There is no refining process or additives mixed into it.
Full Synthetic Motor Oil:
This is much pricier than conventional motor oil, but for many reasons. Full synthetic oil is thicker, providing greater resistance to oxidation and thermal breakdown. It’s also very good at preventing sludge build-up. If you use your vehicle for towing or hauling, synthetic oil may be the best option for you. Full synthetic is also recommended for high performance vehicles whose engines can become very hot.
Synthetic Blend Motor Oil:
A compromise between the first two oils listed here, this oil is a mixture of synthetic and conventional base oils. It’ll give you moderately better performance than the conventional oil and is less expensive than the full synthetic. Additives give it extra resistance to oxidation and provide excellent low-temperature properties.
High Mileage Oil:
As its name suggests, this oil is used in vehicles with more than 75,000 miles. It helps to reduce oil usage, minimize leaks and diminish smoke and emissions in older engines. It should not be looked at as a remedy for loss of engine power or strange noises in your car. It’s a good choice if you have a well-maintained vehicle that you’d like to nourish for optimum performance in its older age.
When to get your Ford Oil Change
You should always consult the owner’s manual to find out what type of oil and what is the recommended time interval for your particular Ford make and model. It is generally recommended that you get the oil changed between 7,500-10,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first. However, what those suggestions don’t take into account are the road conditions you are driving in, weather, mileage already on your vehicle, and the kind of driving you do. Our expert technicians are able to take each of those into consideration when coming up with a scheduled plan. We know what it’s like to be driving in Colorado’s high altitudes and fluctuating weather, so we can give you a good recommendation on the type of oil you should be using and how often you should be getting the oil changed.
More than just an oil change
At Houska Automotive we strive to go above and beyond customers’ expectations with every service we provide, including what might seem like a simple and quick oil change. Once we’ve established the best oil for your Ford make and model, one of our ASE certified technicians will drain and replace the oil and filter. We also safely recycle used oil. The health of your vehicle is just as important to us as it is to you. We go through each step thoroughly and thoughtfully.
Many people wonder why we need to actually drain and change the oil, and not just add new oil to what’s already there. This would be completely counter-productive. The old oil at the bottom of your filter is dirty and sludgy. If you pour fresh new oil into that, it will keep the new oil from working as well as it should.
Good time to rotate the tires too
Tires also play a vital role in your vehicle’s overall performance and significantly increase your safety on the road. Repositioning the tires helps to ensure that the tires wear evenly, it reserves balanced handling and traction, and prolongs the tires’ performance and life. It can also help driving comfort and increase fuel efficiency. Since it’s recommended that tires be rotated approximately every 5,000 miles, you might consider having your Ford tires rotated when you get your oil changed. It’ll save you from coming back in a short period of time.
Whether it’s a Ford or other branded vehicle, let us help you keep it healthy with scheduled oil changes and tire rotations. Call us at (970) 482-1496 or use this online schedule form to make an appointment. We will follow up to confirm the details.