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Engine oil is a lubricant used to reduce the friction between the moving parts of the engine as well as an aid to cooling by dissipating the heat generated.
Mineral engine oil is a refined version of crude oil. It is pumped around the engine, though small channels and holes, using pressure, to end up in the required destination. Once there it coats the surfaces of the moving parts and enables them to work against each other with less friction. When cold, oil has more viscosity than when it is warm, and the correlation of this is taken into account but the engine manufacturers when depicting which oil to use in their products.
Synthetic oil is made through a chemical process (Fischer-Tropsch) to produce the same friction qualities as mineral oil, with more uniform, longer lasting and more environmentally friendly properties.This uniformity and longevity is the main driver behind its recommendation however as it is now more of an issue than ever, the sustainability is of equal if not more importance.
Fundamentally, unless it has gone too far, the average motorist is unlikely to know there is something wrong physically with it.
There may be an oil pressure warning on the dashboard that could indicate the oil isn’t circulating as well as it should due to a blocking filter or even a failing oil pump or there may be an oil level warning, which would indicate there isn’t enough oil in the engine. However both of these warnings are not really an indicator of the actual oil quality but can alert you to potential issues.
Therefore typical symptoms are;
Changing engine oil is a routine repair for all mechanics and can be done both kerbside as well as in the workshop, providing it is safe to do so.
Whilst there are variations between manufacturers, the basics are pretty similar.
Unless otherwise stated, the quote for your engine oil change will cover;
Engine oil & filter replacement
The cost of an engine oil change depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends.
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No, we will not fit customer supplied parts unless they are a brand new item, purchased from a dealership with the receipt as proof of purchase. There is no flexibility over this due to insurance and warranty issues.
In this scenario, the mechanic will provide a no obligation quote for the correct repair. Should you accept this, the mechanic can alter the booking accordingly. If you decide not to go ahead with the alternative repair, the mechanic can change the booking to a call out and diagnostic booking and charge according to the time spent with the vehicle and call out.