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We’re making this announcement in bold because while drivers often (and very wisely) pay close attention to their motor oil, they sometimes don’t give the oil filter much thought. Not keeping track of how often to change oil filter can be a big — and perhaps even costly — mistake.
To understand why the oil filter is your vehicle’s unsung hero, let’s take a step back and look at what it does. Simply put, it helps keep the motor oil clean. That sounds simple, but it’s essential. Here’s why:
The filter is designed to capture the small, hard particles the oil collects as it makes its way through the engine. This debris can wear away the engine parts. It also can thicken the oil to the point that it doesn’t flow smoothly and can’t perform as well as it should. So now we’re back to the big question: how often to change oil filter?
That makes sense, doesn’t it? Making oil filter replacement part of your oil change regimen ensures that:
Why rely on your memory when you can count on Jiffy Lube®? Every Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change includes a new oil filter, and the Jiffy Lube technician will be happy to place a sticker on the upper left corner of your windshield to remind you when your next oil change is due. Or, if your vehicle has a dashboard message center that displays oil life, the monitor will be reset to reflect your new engine oil change. As you drive away from your neighborhood Jiffy Lube location, you can feel confident you won’t have to wonder how often to change oil filter. You’ll know!
What happens if you skip an oil filter change? How will you know if your filter needs replacement before your next oil change? Here are five common symptoms of a bad oil filter:
Maybe you’ve experienced one of the five symptoms of a bad oil filter. Or maybe it’s time for your regularly scheduled oil change. Either way, you need a new oil filter.
You can find oil filters at most auto parts stores, gas stations and in the automotive section of department or home improvement stores. And, you can order one online with a few clicks. But just because oil filters are affordable and available doesn’t mean they aren’t important. Selecting the right filter can help ensure that your motor oil can accomplish everything it has to do to keep your vehicle running smooth and clean.
When it’s time to change your oil filter, refer to your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. What if your manufacturer recommends more than one type of filter? Or what if you can’t find your manual? No problem! Count on a trained Jiffy Lube technician to access your vehicle’s manual and recommend a filter that meets or exceed manufacturer recommendations.
Just as drivers have different motor oils to choose from, today there’s a selection of oil filters, as well. In addition to conventional filters, you can now choose synthetic or high mileage filters. Each has its advantages:
If you’re not sure whether to choose a conventional, synthetic or high mileage filter for your vehicle, feel free to ask for a recommendation from a Jiffy Lube technician.
Jiffy Lube technicians will ask you about your driving style and explain the type of motor oil and filter that are recommended for your vehicle. The goal is for you to leave Jiffy Lube feeling empowered and confident in your choices.
Come in for a Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change, you’ll leave with more than fresh oil and new filter. Learn more about this service here.
For more vehicle maintenance pointers from the pros, check out the Tips in a Jiffy videos.