Westgate High-Tech Auto Care

12300 W. Center Rd., Omaha, Nebraska 68144
Phone: (402) 397- 8144

 

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How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Years ago it was a good idea to change the oil and filter frequently, such as every 3,000 miles, but because of advances in engine materials and tighter tolerances, as well as the oil that goes into engines, most manufacturers recommend intervals of 5-6,500 miles. However, it is one of the more cheaper preventative maintenance services offered and a good routine to get into having your car in for an inspection by Westgate High-Tech Auto Care's ASE Certified Technicians, who may spot other warning signs that could save you money in the long run.

The intervals vary by manufacturer and engines, for instance; Ford, Volkswagen, Porsche, Toyota and BMW may even have specific oil change intervals depending on the model of your car, van, SUV or light truck. However, the more luxury models may also specify the use of synthetic oil. It's best to either consult your owner's manual or stop in and talk with our Service Advisor or Technicians at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care in Omaha to for a recommendation on how often to change the oil in your vehicle and what type of oil to use.

Manufacturers suggest you change oil more often for "severe" driving conditions, such as frequent trailer towing, extensive stop-go driving or idling in traffic, driving in extreme heat or cold, or frequent short-distance driving in which the engine doesn't reach full operating temperature.

Some car companies, Ford and General Motors among them, equip most vehicles with oil life monitors that tell you when it's time to change the oil based on vehicle speed, engine temperature, climate conditions, number of cold starts and other factors. If you're nervous about going 6,000 miles or more between oil changes, then do it every six months, when you probably should also have your tires rotated (also explained in your owner's manual). GM says with longer recommended intervals between oil changes, it's more important to check the oil level at least once a month to make sure you have enough.

 

Description:

The typical oil filter consists of a high-strength steel housing containing various types of filtering media. An anti-drainback valve prevents oil from running out of the filter when the engine is off. Today's oil filters have a convenient spin-on design that makes removal and installation easy.

 

Purpose:

The oil filter sifts out contaminants, allowing the oil to flow through the engine unrestricted. Should the oil filter become restricted or clogged with contaminants, they will flow around the filter. This bypassing is a safety mechanism, but you never want to let oil and filter changes go so long that bypassing takes place.

 

Maintenance Tips/Suggestions:

For best results, consult your owner's manual, but consider that your driving probably constitutes a severe maintenance schedule. Usually, this means oil and filter changes every 3,000 miles or 3 months.

An oil change at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care in Omaha: Sounds simple, but there’s some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge.

 

Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly. Literally – petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely. And that 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.

 

oil change serviceYour 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. And if your vehicle came from the factory with synthetic oil, the recommended intervals assume you continue to use synthetic.

 

Also how you drive around the Omaha can have a big effect. Most owner’s manuals will have a list of driving conditions that are harder on your vehicle. Things like stop and go driving or short trips, driving in very hot or very cold weather, heavy loads and towing. If some of your driving fits this, you may need to change your oil and do other maintenance on a shorter schedule.

 

This may sound complicated. Some vehicles in Omaha have an oil life calculator that takes all of these factors into account and tells you when you should change your oil. Otherwise, talk with your Omaha area service advisor at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care in Omaha about how you drive and get their recommendation for when to take care of your service.

 

Finally, if any of the steering or suspension parts can be lubed, your technician at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care will take care of that with a lube, oil and filter service.

 

It is Cheaper to Change Your Oil than to Change Your Engine!


 

 

Omaha Oil Changes


An oil change at your local Omaha NE auto shop: Sounds simple, but there’s some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge.

Automotive filter replacement during oil changeOil eventually starts to turn into jelly. Literally – petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely. And that 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. And if your vehicle came from the factory with synthetic oil, the recommended intervals assume you continue to use synthetic.

Also how you drive around Omaha NE can have a big effect. Most owner’s manuals will have a list of driving conditions that are harder on your vehicle. Things like stop and go driving in Omaha, short trips to Papillion, driving in very hot or very cold weather, heavy loads and towing. If some of your driving fits this, you may need to change your oil and do other maintenance on a shorter schedule.

This may sound complicated. Some vehicles in NE have an oil life calculator that takes all of these factors into account and tells you when you should change your oil. Otherwise, talk with your NE service advisor at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care about how you drive and get her recommendation for when to take care of your service.

Finally, if any of the steering or suspension parts can be lubed, your technician at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care will take care of that with a lube, oil and filter service.Oil Change Lube and Filter Preventative Maintenance

Omaha Oil Change FAQs
 

Question:
What is synthetic oil and should I use it?

Westgate High-Tech Auto Care Answer:
Regular oil, also called conventional oil, comes from dead dinosaurs. Conventional oil molecules are long hydrocarbon chains of various lengths. Imagine a bunch of pencils – some used and some brand new. Synthetic oil is often more highly refined petroleum-based oil. The molecules are shorter and closer to the same length. Think a bunch of those little golf pencils.

Some synthetic oil is man-made. The molecules are rounder and much more uniform. Think marbles. So you can see that as you progress from conventional oil to synthetic blends (a mixture of conventional and synthetic) to full synthetic oil, there will be less dangerous friction in your engine. Less friction means less heat – so better lubrication and protection against wear for Omaha car owners. Synthetic blends and full synthetics also cost more in Omaha.

Synthetic oil is more resistant to thermal breakdown so less sludge (which can clog passages and really lead to pricey damage).

So what should Omaha car owners use? Well, it’s essential use at least what your vehicle manufacturer or understanding Westgate High-Tech Auto Care tech recommends. So if your SUV came from the factory with conventional oil you could choose any type. If it came with a synthetic blend – always use a synthetic blend or upgrade to full synthetic. If it came with full synthetic – that’s what you need to use.

Omaha drivers should always follow their auto manufacturer’s recommended oil change intervals. And if you want some extra engine protection, consider upgrading to a synthetic oil.

Synthetic Oil

I recently saw an ad for synthetic oil in Omaha. I really hadn’t heard about it before, so I asked my understanding Westgate High-Tech Auto Care service professional for some background. Basically the inside of your engine gets really hot because of friction from the moving parts and from burning fuel. Oil lubricates the moving parts to keep them from getting too hot.

The problem comes when oil turns to sludge, which is kind of a thick jelly. Sludge clogs up little passages so that the oil can’t protect parts of the engine. So the two best ways for Bennington motorists to prevent sludge build-up is to always change their oil on schedule; and to usesynthetic oil.

Synthetic oil’s much more resistant to becoming sludge than conventional oil. My Omaha service professional says it has the added benefit of lasting longer than conventional oil so the recommended change interval can be longer.

The thing I think is cool is that synthetic oil is slipperier than conventional oil. Regular oil molecules are long chains where synthetic oil molecules are rounder. It’s like, which is slipperier, a pile of pencils or a pile of marbles? This means thatsynthetic oil does a better job of lubricating my engine so it doesn’t get as hot, or wear as fast.

Using synthetic oil can help Omaha motorists improve engine performance and help their engine last longer. I’m really glad my service professional filled me in on synthetic oil. Maybe you should consider synthetic for your next oil change at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care.

Synthetic motor oil has been around for a long time in Omaha and more and more new cars are leaving vehicle manufacturers factories with synthetic in their engines. But a lot of Bennington motorists don’t really know much about it.

Let’s start with conventional oil – the kind Omaha folks are used to. Conventional oil is made up of naturally occurring hydrocarbon chains, which means its molecules are long and have various lengths. Like a pile of pencils, some of them new and some of them used.

Synthetic oil is man-made. Its molecules are more uniform and regular in shape – more similar to marbles than pencils. Some synthetic oil starts with a petroleum base that’s modified and others are entirely synthesized from other materials.

Synthetic motor oil works better in both hot and cold Bennington temperatures. It’s more chemically stable so it doesn’t readily evaporate or breakdown in the high heat produced inside your SUV engine. This means it resists turning to sludge, which is a real engine killer.

Remember that marbles and pencils thing we were talking about? Well, that makes synthetic oil slipperier than conventional oil which means less friction in your engine. Your SUV engine runs cooler, wears less and lasts longer. You also get a boost in power and maybe even an improvement in fuel economy.

Synthetic oil also lasts longer so you change it less often – which is great for the environment. With longer oil change intervals, you need an oil filter specifically built for the longer service life of synthetic oil. Talk with your understanding Westgate High-Tech Auto Care technician about synthetic oil and synthetic blends – they might be just what you need toimprove engine performance and extend the life of your SUV.

The Maintenance Mindset: Full-Service Oil Change At Westgate High-Tech Auto Care

Bennington people generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance: their teeth, clothes, yards and so on, but NE auto owners often don’t apply the idea of maintenance to their vehicles.

If you never brush your teeth or go to the dentist, you’ll become painfully aware of your neglect when you get a big cavity. Once the damage is done, we learn our essential lesson and start to take better care of things.

Unfortunately, Omaha people too often learn the hard automotive lesson when they bring their vehicle to Westgate High-Tech Auto Care on a tow truck. So many times, a little routine maintenance would have prevented an expensive breakdown.

So how do Omaha auto owners get into the habit of taking care of their SUVs? It’s so easy to forget; not like cutting the grass which you see it every time you pull in the driveway.

Here’s something that will help: The key to good SUV maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service oil change in Omaha, your understanding Westgate High-Tech Auto Care service advisor will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason why. If your serpentine belt is worn, he’ll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable – they’ve got you covered. And they’ll check to see if your manufacturer has recommended any essential services at your current mileage.

The oil change becomes kind of a focal point, a way to check in to see what needs to be done.

The fact is that vehicle inspection surveys consistently reveal that over 80% of vehicles have one or more unperformed repair or maintenance service. Vehicles are generally very reliable and can take a lot of abuse and neglect – but you can only press your luck so long.

So when you come into Westgate High-Tech Auto Care for an oil change, you get a visual inspection of your car and a reminder for recommended services so you can avoid a total failure. And remember that your service advisor can help you work out a maintenance and repair plan for your SUV, prioritizing and scheduling the work to make sure you and your family are safe, and avoid expensive breakdowns.

In addition to full-service oil changes, at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care we also offer alignment, brake service and engine air filter.

The Maintenance Mindset For Omaha Drivers


In Omaha, we know we need to take care of our cars, but it just seems really hard to remember to do it. We generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance, but just may have not applied it to our vehicles.

For example, we water and mow the lawn every week. And weed the flower beds and rake the leaves. We go to our Omaha dentist twice a year, take our clothes to the dry cleaner. Flu shots. Taking the kids for a checkup before school starts.

So NE people really are maintenance minded. They just have to learn to apply that mindset to their vehicles. I mean, if you never brush your teeth or go to the dentist, you’ll become painfully aware of your neglect when you get a big cavity. Once the damage is done, we learn our lesson and start to take better care of things.

Unfortunately, Omaha drivers too often learn the hard automotive lesson when they have to bring their SUV to their Omaha auto center on a tow truck. So many times, a little routine maintenance would have prevented a breakdown. Here’s something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for afull service oil change in Omaha, your tech will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason why.

At Westgate High-Tech Auto Care, if your serpentine belt is worn, we’ll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable – we’ve got you covered. All of this takes a trained and experienced eye – more than you find at a quick lube center in NE. And we’ll check to see if your SUV manufacturer has recommended any services at your current mileage.

So when you come in for an oil change at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care, you get a visual inspection and a reminder for recommended services so you can avoid a total failure. And remember that your understanding Westgate High-Tech Auto Care service advisor can help you work out a maintenance and repair plan, prioritizing and scheduling the work to make sure you and your family are safe, and avoid expensive breakdowns.

The Correct Fluids For Your Vehicle

Big advances in automotive technology have led to the development of high-tech fluids to keep pace. A simple example of this is the cooling system. For decades it was primarily made out of iron, steel and rubber hoses. There was one kind of coolant that protected these components from corrosion.

Now cooling system components are made with various metal alloys and plastics. These materials require different additives to protect them from corrosion. Since the materials used vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, we now have a number of different kinds of coolant at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care in Omaha. And it’s important to use the right coolant for your SUV. If you pour in the wrong kind, it won’t protect the cooling system and may even void the warranty. Of course, your understanding Westgate High-Tech Auto Care advisor will know the proper coolant to use. If you’re concerned you may have use the wrong fluid, be safe and have your Westgate High-Tech Auto Care technician flush the system and start fresh with the correct fluid.

Brake fluid is confusing for some people in NE. For a very long time, most vehicles used Dot 3 brake fluid. Now we have Dot 4 and Dot 5. Some Omaha people mistakenly think the higher numbers are an upgrade. You know, if 3 is good then 4 must be better. That’s not how it works. They are different formulations to meet the requirements of differences in brake systems. Only one of them is recommended for your SUV.

Transmission fluid is the same thing. With the tremendous engineering advances in automatic transmissions, there have been several new types of fluids developed to protect and lubricate them. Nowhere are the advances in automotive fluids more evident than in motor oil. Many new weights and formulations have been created to meet the demands of today’s modern engine design.

Modern SUV engines have more parts and much tighter tolerances. Every year, engines make more power and get better fuel economy in Omaha. And with all the complication and sophistication, they still have to be durable. That’s where the new grades of engine oil come in. They have to be formulated to lubricate, protect and clean all of those SUV engine parts, big and little. The oil has to be thin enough to get into small passages, yet resistant to vaporization.

Your vehicle may have come from the factory with synthetic oil and/or transmission, brake, differential fluid, etc. If so, your recommended service intervals will be based on synthetic-type fluids and you should use the same type when your SUV is serviced at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care.

Because grades of oil and types of coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, etc. are so carefully matched to the vehicle, take care to always use the proper fluid if you are topping off at home. Check your SUV owner’s manual or ask your Westgate High-Tech Auto Care service advisor. The wrong fluid can cause damage.

Give Dan Loveless a call at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care in Omaha

 

 

 

 

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Westgate High-Tech Auto Care

12300 W. Center Road

Omaha, Nebraska 68144
Ph: (402) 397- 8144

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