Lube, Oil, and Filter Service
You see ads for lube, oil, and filter (LOF) everywhere. But what is it and how important is it really?
An oil and filter change are one of the preventative maintenance services that helps your vehicle run at top performance and extends its life. Oil lubricates the moving parts inside your vehicle’s engine and reduces friction. As oil circulates through the engine, it acts as a cooling agent to keep parts from overheating. Oil also absorbs harmful particles and drops them off in the filter, so the oil stays clean and free-flowing.
It’s important to know what you are paying for. Ask the shop these questions before you get your lube, oil, and filter change.
- What type of oil is included? There are 4 main types to consider: Conventional (“ordinary”), high-mileage, synthetic blend, and full synthetic. Each type has different properties and features different pricing.
- What kind of oil filter will you use? There are different grades of filters – good, better, and best. Filters go hand-in-hand with the type of oil you choose and how long you go between oil changes.
- What type of lubrication do you use? There are different lubricants to choose from, depending upon where you need it. Some examples are white lithium grease, penetrating lubricant spray, and silicone spray.
- What else is included in the LOF price? Many LOF jobs also include checking and refilling fluid levels and washing your vehicle.
My vehicle can’t be lubricated – can it?
Lubrication is preventative maintenance that prevents corrosion, rust, and costly repairs.
Most shops will tell you that your vehicle can’t be lubricated, because the parts are sealed units with no grease fittings. This is partially true but not completely correct!
All vehicles have some parts that can – and should – be lubricated at least twice a year. Here is a list:
- Gas tank lid
- Hood hinges
- Door hinges
- Door locks and latches
- Deck lid latch
- E-brake cables
- Door key locks
- Battery terminals
- Metal surfaces
- Metal-to-metal joints
- … and more – check with your manufacturer’s recommendations!
Keep in mind that it is important for your safety to lubricate the hood latch. If the hood latch and cable are unlubricated for too long, the parts are more likely to fail. If the hood flies up while you are driving, it will block your view of the road and could even go through your windshield!
Some vehicles squeak. This may be your vehicle telling you that it needs lubrication.
Protect your investment
Remember, clean oil, new filter, and a proper lubrication will make your vehicle last many years longer. Be sure to ask your service technician to lubricate the hinges. After all, it is your investment!
Be on the lookout for more information about our upcoming workshops on auto care and auto body maintenance. These classes are designed to educate even the most novice of car owners about the basics of car maintenance, so you can make more informed decisions!