An oil change involves draining old engine oil, changing it with clean, fresh oil, and installing a new engine oil filter. Regular oil changes should be a part of your maintenance routine. It ensures the proper performance of your car’s engine and extends the life of your car. But how do you know if it’s time for an oil change?

Here are 4 signs your vehicle needs an oil change.

The car has sluggish acceleration

A car’s oil level and condition affects engine performance. If the oil is too old, the oil filter can become clogged and the oil won’t be able to pass through as it normally would. As a result, you car may have sluggish acceleration. A simple oil and filter change can go a long way towards fixing this problem.

Check engine light comes on

The check engine light turns on when there is something wrong with your engine lubricant. This is could be a sign that your car is in need of an oil change. Of course, it could also be a sign of other problems. Pay attention when the engine light on the dashboard comes on. Try to find out what’s causing the problem.

Car engine makes a knocking noise

A well lubricated car is a smooth operator. As the oil gets dirty, it fails to lubricate the moving parts of the engine. Due to the lack of lubrication, you may hear knocking or rumbling sounds. This signifies that the metal parts are brushing against one another and tearing itself apart bit by bit.

Knocking sounds shouldn’t be taken light. Address the problem as soon as possible or it will lead to a more complicated problem. Have your car’s oil changed immediately.

Oil looks dark and dirty

You can tell whether or not your car needs an oil change by doing checking your oil with a dipstick. Pop the hood of your vehicle. Insert the dipstick in the engine and make sure it goes all the way in. Pull out the dipstick and check the oil’s color.

Clean oil has an amber color. Dirty oil, on the other hand, has a darker color. If it has been a long time since you changed your oil, the oil may even be black. If the oil is black and you notice little globs on your dipstick, this is a sure sign that your car is need of an oil change.