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When’s the last time you had your vehicle’s oil changed? Since your car may not be getting much action lately, it might have been quite a while ago.

Because oil goes bad even if you don't use your car often, you can’t forget about getting regular BMW oil changes. This is especially true if you have noticed any of these major warning signs.

Lit-Up Dashboard

Perhaps the most obvious indication that you need your oil changed is if your car tells you so. If you see what looks like an old-school oil can light on your dashboard, you may need an oil change if there isn’t enough in the tank.  

Loud Noises 

If you hear louder than usual noises or rumbling and knocking coming from your engine, this a huge red flag. This could mean that the moving parts in your engine are rubbing against one another because they’re not getting enough oil. It could also mean that your oil isn’t lubricating these parts well enough.  

Exhaust Smoke 

Some vapor coming out of your tailpipe is normal. However, if it’s actually billowing smoke, something is clearly wrong. The problem could be an oil leak in your engine. 

Dark and Thick Oil

If you suspect something is amiss with your oil, check it out. When it’s fresh, it maintains a light brown color and is slightly translucent. If it’s old, it will become dark and thick in texture.  

Poor Fuel Economy 

Another less obvious sign that an oil change is necessary is if your gas mileage has dropped. Thick and dirty oil makes your engine work harder, thus using more gas.  

If you’ve noticed any of these issues, don’t wait to get your oil changed. Make an appointment at our Northfield BMW dealership today! 

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