Category Archives: Oil Changes

How often should I change the oil in my car?

Question: I was reading an article recently that said changing my oil every 3,000 miles is an outdated idea that costs me more money and is bad for the environment. According to the article, today’s oils can go 5,000 miles or more and I should look at my owner’s manual to see how often the oil really needs to be changed. What do you recommend at Auto Lab? Answer: If your car uses conventional motor oil, such as 5W30 or 10W30, we recommend changing the oil every 3,000 miles or 3 months. If your car uses synthetic oil, we recommend … Continue reading

New car free maintenance: Oil changes once a year?

New car free maintenance programs Libertyville

Q: My new car came with a free maintenance plan and has 5,300 miles on it. When I called the Libertyville dealer to schedule my first oil change, they said I’m not eligible for a free one until 10,000 miles. The car uses synthetic oil, but I hesitate to wait that long to change it. What do you recommend? A: In our expert opinion, yes, you are due for an oil change now. Please do not wait for 10,000 miles. It’s not worth the $60 or $70 you’ll save skipping the oil change. When it comes to maintenance plans like the … Continue reading

Are drugstore reading glasses like an oil change at a quick lube?

We think so. Here’s why: 1. Cheaters are a quick solution to an immediate need—reading things close-up when your vision is blurry. Nothing more. An oil change at a quick lube station is a quick solution to the immediate need to keep your car’s engine lubricated. But by going to a quick lube, there won’t be a complete inspection of your vehicle’s overall condition or identification of safety issues. 2. Cheaters are cheap. But cheap in the short term does not equal cost savings. If your brakes go out while driving or your battery dies, leaving you stranded, you are … Continue reading

Why Auto Lab offers better oil changes than a low-cost quick lube

Question: A lot of quick lubes advertise oil changes for $9.95, $12.95 and other super low prices. Why should I pay more for an oil change at Auto Lab? Answer: Changing the oil in your vehicle is the single most important maintenance service you can do. Even though it may seem like an oil change is the same whether you go to a quick lube or to Auto Lab, that’s not always the case. Here are 6 reasons why it’s worth every dollar to have your car’s oil changed at Auto Lab in Libertyville: You’ll leave knowing your car’s overall condition. Your car will … Continue reading

Make sure your kids’ cars are ready to head back to school

Can you believe it’s August already? It seems like the weather just warmed up, and it’s already time to think about the end of summer vacation. Back to School time means a lot of things – shopping for new school clothes, picking out the perfect backpack, and for some college freshmen, even packing up and moving away from home for the first time. As the start of school and college approaches, we want to remind you to make sure your children’s vehicles are ready for the semester, too. Is your daughter’s vehicle ready for that trek to college and back … Continue reading