Nissan Oil Change

Oil changes are part of every vehicle’s maintenance and care, and here at Thomas Nissan of Joliet, we provide our customers with expertise and services that make it easy to help your Nissan perform its best. Whether you bought your Nissan at our dealership or you’re looking for a new place to service your vehicle, our service team is dedicated to providing excellent care to all our customers. Vehicle maintenance is important to keeping your vehicle running longer and staying safe on the road, and our team is here to help you get the most out of your Nissan. Getting a Nissan oil change means you are treated to several complimentary services you may not get at other service centers.

At Thomas Nissan of Joliet, we care about the life of your vehicle and the importance of preventing future problems by checking common areas of wear and tear. If we notice concerns about aspects of your vehicle, we will provide you with a checklist of items that can help maintain your vehicle’s health as part of our complimentary multi-point inspection. While you have your oil changed, you may want to schedule other types of maintenance to be done at the same time so your Nissan continues to run smoothly. While you wait, we offer several amenities to make your time with us comfortable, or you can leave your vehicle in our care and come back when it’s ready. Thomas Nissan of Joliet services vehicles of all makes and models, so we encourage you to call our service center for details or make an appointment using our convenient website 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Importance of an Oil Change

Getting regular oil changes is one of the most important ways to protect the investment you make in your vehicle. What makes an oil change so integral to vehicle longevity is the protection proper oil gives to the components of your engine. Without proper oil coverage on the moving parts of your engine, the wear and tear can cause several problems which can significantly affect the life of your Nissan. Clean oil is the best for properly lubricating moving parts, creating a cushion between the metal surfaces to avoid scoring or abrasion. Corrosion can occur when contaminants get into oil over time, mostly through particles that are drawn through the air intake or from the friction of the moving parts.

Air drawn into the engine to keep it cool as the moving parts cause heat through friction unavoidably pulls dust and other particulate matter into the engine, making the oil dirty. Over time the oil can get sludgy, which is also hard on the engine. Water from condensation can get into the oil during normal operations, especially when a vehicle is driven on short trips that don’t heat the engine long enough to properly coat all the moving parts. With each of these elements of oil use, the engine requires the oil to be replenished and changed regularly to keep all the moving parts as free of corrosion and wear as possible, lengthening the life of your powertrain.

A gloved mechanic is checking the dipstick during a Nissan oil change.

Oil Change Intervals

Each Nissan vehicle has its own set maintenance schedule, which can be found in your owner’s manual. For the best results, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for your specific vehicle to keep your vehicle running as long as it should. In the case that you don’t have an owner’s manual, Nissan provides this information on their website so you can locate the proper timing for your vehicle’s best recommended care. In general, however, a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 5,000 miles. As outlined in the previous section, your engine requires clean oil to coat moving parts, and cleaner oil is the best lubricant for making your engine last longer. Even with synthetic oil, your engine is consistently drawing air to stay cool, and corrosive metal and dirt particles are contaminating the oil with each mile you drive.

A person is pouring oil into a car during a Nissan oil change.

Other Services to Complete at Your Oil Change Appointment

As a Nissan dealership, Thomas Nissan of Joliet completes a complimentary multi-point inspection with every oil change to check over certain high-wear parts of your vehicle. We make sure to look over your tire tread, brake pads, shocks, and muffler for signs of wear, and we check your lights, shocks, and batteries to make sure everything is working as it should be. Because we are always checking for signs of wear and tear, we may spot things that need attention so you can take care of problems before they affect the operation of your Nissan. An oil change is the perfect time to take care of a few maintenance issues so you can get the longest life out of your vehicle.

One of the most important parts to replace regularly is the oil filter, which helps keep your oil clean during your Nissan’s operation. This should be done with each oil change to get the most out of your oil. You may also want to replace the air filter for the cabin, which keeps the air in your vehicle cleaner after you travel through dusty or high-pollution areas like cities. Belts that help operate portions of the vehicle should have an inspection and need occasional replacement if they get cracked or worn, as they can affect the working of your electrical systems and climate control. Topping off or flushing and replacing other fluids for the transmission, brakes, transfer case, or coolant will also affect the life of your engine.

It's always a good idea to inspect and replace your windshield wipers, especially if they see a lot of use from stormy weather, and tire tread should be inspected for signs of wear every time you have an oil change. When your tires get worn, your stopping power and vehicle handling are affected, and it’s safer to replace tires before the tread wears down.

Brakes are another aspect of safety you always want to maintain, and replacing pads regularly will help retain the life of the rotors, which are far more expensive to replace if they are worn. Your battery life may seem fine if you drive your vehicle daily, but over time it will lose power and can eventually fail if it is often exposed to extreme temperatures or you leave a door open with lights running when the vehicle is off. Rather than having a dead battery when you need to be on time, testing your battery can prevent this inconvenience.

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