When to Change Your Oil Filter

Your oil filter needs to be changed every time your oil is changed, which is about every 3,000 miles according to most auto oil manufacturers. However, there’s a lot that can affect that timeline, causing you to need an oil filter change more frequently than that.

In this guide, we at Station Chrysler Jeep will tell you everything you need to know about oil filter changes, including why they’re important, signs that your oil filter needs to be changed, and more. Drivers in Mansfield, Attleboro, and Norton should read ahead to get started!

The Importance of Your Oil Filter

Your oil filter has a very important job. It keeps your engine oil clean, so it can keep your engine running smoothly. Without a functional filter, your oil can become saturated with dirt and other gunk that can build up in your engine and cause problems that can often be long-lasting.

Your filter catches the dirt and grime that motor oil picks up from the engine, so the oil can keep moving and pick up more dirt. After a while, the filter can’t hold any more dirt. Luckily, having your filter changed is as easy as changing your oil and they can be done in the same trip to the service center.

Signs That Your Oil Filter Needs Changed

Problems with your oil filter aren’t common but when they do happen, they’re easy to spot. Below, you’ll find a list of some of the most common symptoms of a problem with your oil filter:

  • Bad Fuel Economy – If you notice a drastic decrease in your mileage, your oil and/or oil filter are probably to blame because they aren’t keeping the engine as clean as they should be.
  • Noises Coming from Under the Hood – Noises like grinding, squeaking, or squealing could indicate a problem with the engine.
  • Sputtering – If your oil filter becomes clogged, it can prevent the oil from being released correctly, resulting in unsmooth sputtering of the engine.
  • Low Oil Pressure – Like your fuel economy, your oil pressure can drop as a result of problems with your oil filter.
  • Black Exhaust – The exhaust coming out of your tailpipe should never be black unless your oil is dirty or clogged up in the oil filter. Either way, there’s a problem going on.
  • Burnt Oil Smell – This symptom often accommodates black exhaust, but the smell of burnt oil indicates that engine oil is built up somewhere, like your oil filter, and needs to be unclogged.

These are all warning signs to look for if you think you may be having issues with your oil filter. However, they aren’t they only signs, so it’s good to maintain a regular routine maintenance schedule so problems don’t go overlooked for too long.

Need Your Oil Filter Changed?

If one or several of the oil filter symptoms sounds familiar, it’s time to get your oil filter checked out by a professional and likely changed for good measure. Drivers in Mansfield, Attleboro, and Norton should give us a call at Station Chrysler Jeep today to schedule a service appointment.

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