Oil Change Services

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Oil Change

Keep your engine healthy and running like a top by stopping in and getting routine oil changes here at Vorderman Motor Werks. We are Fort Wayne's finest auto repair center servicing all makes and models. Completely and properly draining your car, truck , van or SUV's oil by certified master technicians is easy and affordable at Vorderman Motor Werks.

No appointments are needed, simply stop in and often you're in and out in forty five minutes or less.

We offer routine oil change specials at $39.95 for regular oil and $69.95 for synthetic oil changes.

NOTE: Oil Change price quotes above for up to five quarts. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Oil Changes

Oil can metaphorically be explained as the lifeblood of your automobile. It is every bit as vital to your engine’s health as the blood running through our veins is to the health of our bodies.

Engines are made of metal and the individual pieces working together without the existence of lubrication means a dramatic increase in friction and consequently, engine heat. In the most extreme case, the metal on metal friction gets so hot that the two pieces actually weld together causing the engine to seize.

Presume you have plenty of oil but you neglect to change your oil and oil filter.

In this scenario, your engine’s moving parts certainly mitigate the friction with oil but the oil will become dirty. When the oil becomes dirty, and this happens naturally regardless of how clean the oil was before being put into the engine, the debris begins to scratch the inner surfaces of the engine. In the case of engine pistons, the debris can actually cause severe scratches to the inner cylinder walls and this affects the compression of the engine by altering the precision of air space engineered into the engine.

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Dirt and grime WILL accumulate in the oil. The oil filter will cleanse the oil of dirt but eventually it will become clogged with dirt and cease to be a filter of dirt but rather it will increase the dirt in the oil! Oil will not lubricate as well as it should.

Ultimately if you do not change your oil and oil filter routinely, the dirt will clog to the point where the oil stops being a lubricant and the friction of metal on metal pieces will quickly wear and fail.

Does the outside temperature affect the oil lubrication level?

Absolutely! It is wise to use the correct seasonal oil as the viscosity of oil definitely depends on temperature. When it is extremely cold outside, you’ll want an oil viscosity that is more conducive to cold temperatures. In fact, the first few seconds of a running engine are dramatically impacted by the viscosity of your engine’s oil. Those first few seconds can mean catastrophe should the engine oil not flow properly through the engine. Engine damage occurs when the oil doesn’t flow fast enough through the engine.

You’ve likely seen oil sold as 10W-40 or 10W-30 etc… The two numbers represent both cold and heat temperature recommendations. The “W” stands for Winter and in the case of 10W - 40, the 10 represents the viscosity of oil at sub-zero temperatures while the 40 represents the viscosity of oil at an engine operating at 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

How to know what viscosity of oil to use?

What oil your engine should be using during winter and summer months is found in your vehicle’s owners manual. If you are in an area like Fort Wayne where temperatures drop below zero, your vehicle owners manual may call for you to use 5W-30 for the winter months rather than a 10W-30 during the summer months. Much like tire pressure, oil viscosity is set by the manufacturer regardless of the brand you are using.

Does oil viscosity affect fuel mileage?

Absolutely! Many manufacturers are changing their engines to accommodate a lower oil viscosity to improve the fuel mileage of automobiles. It’s quite simple, the harder your engine has to work to move its parts, the more fuel necessary to run. That said, it is still recommended you always use the viscosity mandated by the manufacturer in the owners manual of your car.

What about Synthetic Oil?

Once you’ve settled on the correct oil viscosity (10W-30, 5W-30, 10W-40 etc…), your next decision is to determine the oil type. There are currently three oil types, regular oil, synthetic oil and a blend of the two. Synthetic oil combines polymers which help the oil flow more easily during cold weather. Popular opinion on synthetic oil is it helps extend the life of an engine but it typically does so at an increase in oil changes and filter changes. Again, the owners manual in your vehicle should trump any decisions you’d like to make regarding the engine oil type.

When it comes to oil changes and oil filter changes, it is a decision of preventative maintenance versus the cost of major catastrophe. At Vorderman Motor Werks we understand the importance of your engine’s oil intimately and we’ll provide you the expert care and advice you should expect from a professional auto repair shop.

Best Practices:

  • Check your engine’s oil level each and every time you put fuel into your car.
  • Check under your vehicle frequently for signs of leaking oil.
  • Replace your oil filter each time you have the oil changed.
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Do the math...

Cost of routine oil and filter changes VERSUS not changing your oil and filter frequently and the engine failure that will most certainly result.