Has it been a while since your last oil change? You’ll want to do something about that if any of these things are familiar:

1. You’ve Gone Past the Time/Mileage

It’s easy to ignore that little sticker on the inside of your windshield. However, it’s worth looking at periodically. If you’ve noticed that you’ve gone over the mileage and/or timeframe, you need an oil change. Even if you haven’t been driving that much, oil should be changed every six months.

2. The Oil Light is On

Perhaps the most obvious sign that you need an oil change is an illuminated oil light on your dashboard. This is your car’s way of saying that service is needed. If the check engine light comes on, this could also be a sign that an oil change is required

3. You’re Hearing Strang Sounds

Unusual sounds almost always indicate some sort of problem. If you hear a grinding sound or perhaps knocking, this could be coming from your engine, and it may mean that the moving parts aren’t getting proper lubrication from the oil.

4. The Oil in the Tank is Dark

It’s a good idea to check your oil periodically. If you find dark and thick oil in your tank, this means that it’s old and should be replaced as soon as possible.

5. Your Fuel Economy Has Dropped

While subtle, a drop in gas mileage can also tell you that you need an oil change. Think about how often you usually buy gas and see if you’re having to fill up more than usual.

Don’t wait to have your oil changed. Schedule an appointment with the service center at Vicksburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM.