114 Coral St. Santa Cruz
(831) 423-8100 M-F 8-5

Oil Change


Meet the author  read more>>


Oil Change....The why, and the when to change the oil in your car:

We all know how important it is to change the oil in our automobiles, but do we know why? Oil, over time and extensive use,  gets very dirty. When this happens the oil loses its lubricating properties,  becomes sludgy and will destroy an engine if not serviced on a regular basis.

Now comes the question of how often to change the oil? Many auto manufacturers are prolonging oil change service from 3,000 to as much as 7,500 miles primarily because the oil used today is a far superior product compared to the oil products used twenty years ago. However, many of my customers  feel more comfortable changing the oil in their car every 3,000 miles. This 3,000 mile interval is a safe oil change plan due to the fact that the oil additives have been consumed, and the oil has been soaked with corrosive chemicals from burning fuel. In truth, changing the oil in a car is not extraordinarily difficult. However, a botched up oil change can cause extensive damage to the engine.

Depending on the manufactureres recommendations, or depending on your personal driving habits, will help determine if you should change the oil in your car sooner rather than later. For instance, if you do a lot of city driving or if you tend to drive on long road trips, your car will need an an oil change sooner than you think. Equally important is the weather conditions in which you drive in most frequently. If you tend to drive in snow, rain or mud your car should have regularly scheduled oil and filter changes. Of course, if you notice your car running rough or running hot, then bring your car in for an oil change and filter service.

At Polar Auto and Radiator during an oil change and filter service we will: 

  • Examine the oil level, and condition of the oil. If oil level is low or dirty, then we refill oil.
  • Clean and  examine the plug and the gasket. Replace any worn parts.
  • Inspect drain hole in oil pan. A new plug will be fitted, if necessary.
  • Examine oil filter and determine if it should be replaced.