Schedule an oil change with the service department at Capistrano Mazda to keep your vehicle running in top condition. Routine maintenance like replacing your oil and changing out filters can increase the lifespan of your Mazda. Our expert technicians will get you back on the road with speedy and quality service. Call our service department at 833-315-8887 or use our online portal to set up your next oil change with us.
Changing your oil is an important part of maintaining your vehicle's performance. We've put together a list of common questions about oil changes including what happens during this routine service and why it matters to the health of your Mazda. Read on to explore the answers.
Without proper oil levels, metal engine parts create friction when you drive, causing your vehicle's powertrain to overheat. Oil lubricates your engine to prevent overheating and damage to one of the most essential parts of your vehicle. As your motor oil ages and fills with impurities, it loses the ability to effectively protect your engine and keep it running smoothly. Changing your oil after a certain number of miles or a specified length of time renews this important process.
Vehicles can use one of four types of motor oil depending on the model of your car and your typical driving conditions. Conventional oil comes from refined crude oil and varies in viscosity (thickness). Synthetic oil is made in a lab, creating a more consistent oil with fewer impurities. Motor oil also comes in blends of synthetic and conventional oils and high-mileage lubricants which include additives designed to help protect cars with more miles. Each type varies in cost and benefits. Trained technicians from your Mazda dealership can give you insight about the right type of oil for your vehicle.
The best way to determine the oil change guidelines for your Mazda model is to check the user manual for recommended miles and conditions from the manufacturer. Using your physical or digital copy, look for the oil service schedule under maintenance or another specified section.
If you're comfortable opening up the hood of your vehicle and pulling the oil dipstick out of your engine, you can visually check the color of the oil. If it's dark and you can't see the stick through the liquid, it's definitely time to change your oil.
When technicians change your oil, they first drain the old from your vehicle and dispose of it safely. They also replace the oil filter to protect the new oil from impurities. Technicians then perform various checks on the fluids and parts of your vehicle. This includes checking brake fluid, engine coolant, and power steering fluid to ensure they remain at optimal levels.
During an oil change, technicians also check basic vehicle functions like lights and battery power. If they notice anything unusual or in need of repair, they will discuss their findings and let you decide if you want to replace or refill any damaged parts or lost fluids or schedule the service for another time or location.
The cost of an oil change varies based on the type of motor oil your vehicle needs and the location providing the service. Kelley Blue Book estimates anywhere between $35 and $125 for an oil change with conventional to high-mileage motor oil. Synthetic oil typically costs more due to the intensive lab production of the product. High-mileage oil also contains additives to protect engine seals and parts after extended vehicle use, making it more expensive than conventional oil. Check with your the service department of your dealership to learn more about the cost of an oil change.
Mazda's Prepaid Maintenance Plans cover the cost of routine service including oil changes. You can choose a Gold or Platinum plan ranging from one to four years of coverage. Gold plans include all oil and filter changes, any necessary tire rotations, and Mazda-recommended multi-point inspections. Platinum plans offer additional services such as air and cabin filter changes and spark plug replacement. After purchasing a plan, you'll receive a card with your account information so all you have to do is present it to the service department of your dealership and they'll take care of the rest.
Although plenty of auto businesses offer oil changes, going to your dealership to perform this common maintenance benefits you by establishing a service baseline with technicians trained and certified to work on your vehicle. Aside from being more familiar with your model, technicians at your dealership can keep a service record that's useful for future repairs. Technicians working through your dealership can alert you to any recall information and may be able to set up the service for the same time. Your dealership may also offer coupons to maximize your savings.
While motor oil keeps your engine running smoothly, your transmission literally keeps your car moving. Your transmission moves power from your engine to your wheels, allowing you to drive your vehicle. Routine service on this essential part of your vehicle includes changing the transmission's filters and fluids, restoring seals and gaskets, and checking for internal damage or leaks in the transmission.
Another important service is an engine tune-up. During this inspection, technicians check external and internal engine parts and may replace spark plugs and filters. Check with your dealership about the recommended mileage for this kind of maintenance.
At Capistrano Mazda, we strive to offer excellent service with genuine Mazda parts and accessories. Our service team is trained to handle manufacturer equipment and perform the highest quality maintenance on your vehicle model. Trust us to service your Mazda and get the job done right.