24.95 Oil Change Service at Clutch & Brake Doctors
The way gas prices are these days, it pays to keep your car in top condition. Something as simple as routine oil changes help improve gas milege and keep your car running smooth. I'ts cheap insurance to keep ownership costs low.
At Clutch & Brake Doctors Beaverton, our everyday price for a routine oil change is only $24.95. Our service includes up to 5 quarts of motor oil and a new filter.
Price good on most cars, see store for complete details
How often should I change my oil?
Many of our customers have questions about oil changes. There is a lot of confusing information out there. We want to help clear up misconceptions about oil changes.
Here is some information from the Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) about oil and filter change service:
Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing the oil once a year or every 7,500 miles in passenger car and light truck gasoline engines. For diesel engines and turbocharged gasoline engines, the usual recommendation for oil changes is every 3,000 miles or six months.
If you read the fine print, however, you'll discover that the once a year, 7,500 mile oil change is for vehicles that are driven under ideal circumstances. What most of us think of as "normal" driving is actually "severe service" driving. This includes frequent short trips (less than 10 miles, especially during cold weather), stop-and-go city traffic driving, driving in dusty conditions (gravel roads, etc.), and driving at sustained highway speeds during hot weather. For this type of driving, which is actually "severe service: driving, the recommendation is to change the oil every 3,000 miles or six months.
For maximum protection, most oil companies say to change the oil every 3,000 miles or three to six months regardless of what type of driving you do. A new engine with little or no wear can probably get by on 7,500 mile oil changes. But as an engine accumulates miles, blowby increases. This dumps more unburned fuel into the crankcase which dilutes the oil. This causes the oil to break down. So if the oil isn't changed often enough, you can end up with accelerated wear and all the engine problems that come with it (loss of performance and fuel economy, and increased emissions and oil consumption).
What about the Oil Filter?
To reduce the costs of vehicle ownership and maintenance, many car makers say the oil filter only needs to be replaced at every other oil change. Most mechanics will tell you this is false economy.
The oil filters on most engines today have been downsized to save weight, cost and space. The "standard" quart-sized filter that was once common on most engines has been replaced by a pint-sized (or smaller) filter. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that a smaller filter has less total filtering capacity. Even so, the little filters should be adequate for a 3,000 mile oil change intervals -- but may run out of capacity long before a second oil change at 6,000 or 15,000 miles.
Replacing the oil filter every time the oil is changed, therefore, is highly recommended.
An engine's main line of defense against abrasion and the premature wear it causes is the oil filter. The filter's job is to remove solid contaminants such as dirt, carbon and metal particles from the oil before they can damage bearing, journal and cylinder wall surfaces in the engine. The more dirt and other contaminants the filter can trap and hold, the better.
In today's engines, all the oil that's picked up by the oil pump is routed through the filter before it goes to the crankshaft bearings, cam bearings and valvetrain. This is called "full-flow" filtration. It's an efficient way of removing contaminants, and it assures only filtered oil is supplied to the engine. In time, though, accumulated dirt and debris trapped by the filter begin to obstruct the flow of oil. The filter should be changed before it reaches this point, which is why the filter needs to be replaced when the oil is changed.
If you wait too long to change the filter, there's a danger that it might become plugged. To prevent this from causing a catastrophic engine failure due to loss of lubrication, oil filters have a built-in safety device called a "bypass valve." When the pressure drop across the filter exceeds a predetermined value (which varies depending on the engine application), the bypass valve opens so oil can continue to flow to the engine. But this allows unfiltered oil to enter the engine. Any contaminants that find their way into the crankcase will be pumped through the engine and accelerate wear.
Why have Clutch & Brake Doctors change your oil?
It seems that everywhere you turn around there is an oil change special for some crazy price. Most quick lube places offer a $19.95 oil change special. Our everyday price for an oil and filter change is $19.95, no specials or coupons needed.
So why use Clutch & Brake Doctors for you oil changes rather than the quick lube guys?
Our oil and filter changes might take a bit longer, but we believe it is worth your time. Our oil and filter change includes topping off all of the fluids and a visual inspection of your car. When our technician notices that your power steering fluid or brake fluid is low, he not only tops it off, but then we want to know why the fluid was low. Was it normal or was it leaking? Is there a bigger problem down the road? Often times a low brake fluid level will indicate that your brake pads are getting thin. Our guys are going to inspect your brakes if they find a low fluid level, not just top it off and send you on your way. This will save you money, time and aggravation. When caught early, replacing just the brake pads is cheaper and easier that having to replace additional items like the brake rotors.