Is all of the advice over changing your Land Rover’s oil on asset schedule real? That is, is it important to change your oil exactly when your manual says, or will your Land Rover be just fine if you push the deadline a little bit? The truth is, while you can delay an oil change, you’re taking a risk that probably isn’t worthwhile if you’ve invested in a Land Rover.
These versatile vehicles are an investment, and you probably want to get the best performance and longevity out of them. That means that changing your oil regularly and getting all of the other maintenance that comes along with an oil change, it’s very important. Learn what kind of frequency of oil change your Land Rover needs and what you should expect from the process.
What is the Purpose of Motor Oil?
Why do vehicles have motor oil at all? It’s important to know to better understand why your vehicle needs an oil change at all. Motor oil is meant to lubricate your engine’s components and keep them from generating too much friction. Without it, the engine components would rub against each other and break down. Your vehicle would damage itself.
When Should I Change My Land Rover’s Oil?
Your Land Rover is on a 16,000 mile or 12-month service schedule. You will either need to change the oil every year or change it every 16,000 miles, whichever comes first. At this point, your Land Rover will alert you that it needs an oil change with a light on the dashboard. After the first 16,000 mile service, you will only need new service every 32,000 miles.
After the second service, your vehicle will no longer be covered by the new vehicle limited warranty. It ends at either 50,000 miles or four years. However, it will still be covered by the corrosion and emission warranties. Still, it’s especially important to keep up with oil changes past the new vehicle warranty because any damage caused by oil problems will no longer be covered.
Although, you can also invest in the Land Rover’s extended warranty program to get more coverage. It covers key components up to 7 years or 100,000 miles.
What Happens If I Don’t Do an Oil Change?
What could happen to your Land Rover if you miss or skip an oil change? Well, the longer you go without an oil change the higher a chance that you do damage to your vehicle. The oil gets thick with debris and this starts to take a toll on it. Not only will the parts rub against each other and damages themselves, but the oil will also prevent your engine from venting heat. This can cause serious damage from overheating.
Oil sludge can do damage to the internal parts of your vehicle, clogging up some and breaking others. Your engine will also begin to perform poorly, and it will start to burn more fuel to give you the same performance. If you let an oil change go for long enough, you risk the vehicle breaking down altogether.
What is Included in an AutoScope Oil Change?
An oil change isn’t the only thing you should get out of a service appointment. Your Land Rover has other systems, components and features that can use maintenance and a check-up to ensure that they run smoothly. Your oil change at AutoScope will also include:
- Vehicle soundcheck
- Review all warning lamps
- Physically and operationally inspect wipers
- Check all fluid levels (Washer Fluid,
- Coolant/Antifreeze, Power Steering, Brake Fluid)
- Inspect Drive Belt
- Inspect Engine for fluid leaks
- Inspect Front and Rear Brake Components (Pads and Rotors)
- Inspect Front and Rear Suspension
- Inspect Front and Rear Tires
- Check and Adjust Tire Pressure
- Assess Oil Condition during draining
- Replace Drain Plug (when applicable)
- Replace Drain Plug Crush Washer
- Replace Oil Filter Element
- Replace Oil Filter Cap O-ring
- Professionally Fill Engine with the correct amount and correct engine oil weight
- Reset Oil Service Reminder
Once we have completed these items, we will let you know what we found during our inspection, what kind of condition your vehicle is in and whether it needs any more work.
Oil changes are commonly DIY but if you prefer to get all of these other services and keep your Land Rover in tip-top condition, then let someone else do the dirty work. Give us a call at (214) 462-7863.