Professional Toyota Oil Change Service in Fort Collins, CO
In the time it takes you to change your own oil, you could be relaxing in a pleasant waiting area with free Wi-Fi and coffee–or running another errand. Then, there's the potential that anything goes wrong, and whether you'd even know how to fix it if you changed the oil yourself. After you've changed the oil, you'll be faced with the question of what to do with the spent oil that has been drained. We endeavor to be ecologically friendly at Houska Automotive, and we know how to properly dispose of old oil so that it does not hurt the environment, and we recycle it wherever feasible.
Using a reputable firm can provide you with documents for your files that you can show to a potential buyer to demonstrate that regular maintenance was performed, as well as safeguard any warranties. DIY oil changes may violate a warranty if it requires that all maintenance be performed by a professional. Before you pull the plug, make sure to think about all of your alternatives. Read about the importance of oil changes and how Houska Automotive is your go-to service center for Toyota oil changes in Fort Collins, CO.
How Often Is an Oil Change Needed?
Toyota recommends that the oil be changed every six months or 5,000 miles–whichever comes first. You may even have an oil gauge or sensor that will tell you when your oil is low, as well as your car's computer indicating when service maintenance is required. However, the time interval may vary depending on the vehicle’s model and year, conditions your vehicle may have experienced, and other factors. Our technicians will evaluate your vehicle and suggest a proper time interval. Always check your owner’s manual for more information on the correct interval to change your Toyota’s oil and what specific oil to use.
Houska Keeps An Inventory Of Different Oils To Fit The Conditions Of Your Toyota Make And Model.
Conventional Motor Oil:
The most popular and affordable motor oil. Conventional motor oil is basically crude oil that was pumped from the ground. Crude oil contains a number of elements such as nitrogen, oxygen, and metals like nickel. It is best for light-duty, late-model vehicles with low to average mileage.
Full Synthetic Motor Oil:
A more expensive choice, but offers many advantages over conventional motor oil. Synthetic motor oil is manufactured with additives for high performance. Synthetic motor oil is thicker, with greater resistance to oxidation and thermal breakdown. It’s also very good at preventing sludge build-up. If you use your Toyota for towing or hauling, synthetic oil may be the best option for you. Many people prefer it because synthetic oil doesn’t have to be changed as often, but you should still follow Toyota’s recommendation for oil service intervals.
Synthetic Blend Motor Oil:
A combination of both synthetic and conventional base oils, making it a good compromise between the two. Additives give it extra resistance to oxidation and provide excellent low-temperature properties. Many drivers like using a synthetic blend because it's less expensive than full synthetic and still superior to conventional motor oil.
High Mileage Oil:
Specifically for vehicles that have over 75,000 miles. High mileage oil is made with conditioners, antioxidants, and detergents that help to decrease oil usage and reduce leaks, smoke, and emissions from older engines. Make sure you don't use a high mileage oil to address mechanical wear in the engine. High mileage oil is best for high mileage vehicles that have been well maintained over the years. This oil will help to hinder any further engine wear.
Putting Off An Oil Change Because You Feel It Takes Too Long?
Many people procrastinate when it comes to getting an oil change because they feel that it takes up too much time in the day. You might wonder why you find yourself sitting in the waiting area for quite a bit of time when you bring your car in for an oil change. Well, despite the promises of many "express" service stations, there is more to it than you probably realize. For starters, your vehicle needs to be placed on a lift. That in itself doesn't take too much time, but if the lifts are all occupied, your vehicle is put "on deck." When it does make its way onto a lift, our technician will drain the old oil from your vehicle. This usually takes about 15 minutes. Once in your vehicle, we take the time to make other safety and maintenance checks. We will also change your oil filters, included in the cost of your oil change. No matter how small the job is, we always want to be thorough, even if it means taking a little extra time.
There are many problems that will start to happen when you put off changing your car’s oil, including:
The Importance of Changing Your Oil
Your car needs oil to run. Failing to change the oil at the correct intervals will turn the otherwise golden oil into sludge, stopping up components, and over time, ruining your Toyota’s engine. Even as robust as Toyota engines tend to be, they still require routine maintenance to operate efficiently. Don’t get stuck on the side of the road or have to have the conversation about totaling your vehicle or rebuilding the entire engine. Schedule your oil change service today.
Schedule Your Toyota Oil Change Service With Us Today
You may make an appointment for a Toyota oil change right here on our website. And if you don't own a Toyota, don't worry; we also perform oil changes on all makes and models of vehicles. We have over 70 years of experience providing Fort Collins drivers with the very best auto maintenance services. Call us today or make your appointment online. Don’t delay oil changes – your car’s life depends on it!