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An engine oil change is a relatively simple service. It’s widely touted as the single most important part of your car’s maintenance schedule.

There is a good reason for this. Nothing will shorten engine life faster than missed oil changes. You can check the owner’s manual that hopefully you have kept in a handy place like your car’s glove box. You might also visit the manufacturer’s website and do a search to download it.

Waiting for the low oil light to come on can be the worst thing you can do to your engine.

You shouldn’t see that light unless your oil level is low. So you don’t want to see it. Whatever amount of oil you do have left almost certainly has lost its ability to function properly.

The good news is that your service schedule is written to have this service done long before disaster is on the horizon.

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