We have all seen the advertisements for quick lube shops – loud commercials that say they will have you in and out in 15 minutes. When you need simple car maintenance like an oil change performed, then it should not take very long, which is why a quick lube job makes so much sense. But going to a shop that specializes in rapid turnover is not always the best choice for a quick lube. Cincinnati can be a rough city on your vehicle, so it is important to take care of it.
It is just as important to take care of your car, truck, or SUV in the right way. You can trust it with experts and technicians that specialize in your vehicle and know how to treat it right. Quick lube mechanics can do a fine job, but their performance can vary greatly from one location to another. Since these shops often specialize in getting your vehicle done quickly and getting the next person in, they might also miss or overlook something that could be a big problem for you down the road.
Here at McCluskey Chevrolet, we offer expert quick lube service for you in Cincinnati, with service professionals that specialize in the vehicles we sell. Whether you bought a new model or a used car from us, you know that our service staff is already familiar with it and has a background with it. Our factory-certified maintenance ensures your warranties and other coverage remain intact through service, and we are here for you seven days a week. Whether you need a quick lube job or you are looking for more extensive maintenance, bring your vehicle to McCluskey Chevy for the best care possible.
We are sure you have heard offers for quick lube service in Cincinnati, but you might not be sure what it is. Don't feel bad about that; we have plenty of customers come to us unsure of the kind of maintenance their vehicle needs or what all the terms they hear mean. Remember: no one is born knowing how to properly care for a vehicle or what a quick lube means for their car – but we are here to help.
The first thing you should know is that quick lube service refers to the regular maintenance that your vehicle needs, not emergency repairs or part replacements. So even though your vehicle might be running fine and nothing is damaged that you can see, that does not mean you do not need quick lube service. It also does not matter if your car is brand new, and you just bought it last year – a brand new engine needs to be cared for just like any other.
That is because when an engine is doing its job, a lot of heat builds up inside it. There are thousands of tiny explosions happening in your engine all the time, and lots of moving parts that rub against each other. The motor oil in your engine keeps all of those parts lubricated so that they move smoothly and do not suffer damage from excess heat and friction. But that oil breaks down and gets dirty over time – it is a natural part of the process, not a problem with your engine, which means the oil needs to be replaced occasionally.
That process of replacing the oil in your car's engine is what we do as quick lube service for you here in Cincinnati.
This is another question we get asked a lot from our customers, especially those who might not have a lot of experience with vehicle ownership. Ready for the answer? Here it is: we do not know.
People used to say you should get your oil changed every X miles or Y months of driving. That has not been true for a long time now (we are not even going to say what those numbers were because we do not want you to think that is the right answer). Newer engines and improvements in motor oil chemistry have significantly extended the amount of time you can go between oil changes or quick lube service.
So what is the answer? You can easily check the owner's manual for your vehicle to see what the manufacturer suggests for how often you need to get quick lube service. Or, you can give us a call and talk to one of our friendly and experienced service professionals. Tell us the model and year of your vehicle with the type of engine you have in it, and we will be happy to help you. And when we work on your vehicle, we will let you know when it will be time to visit us again.
Now you might be wondering why it is called a "quick lube" and if that is different from some other kind of lube service. The answer is yes; there is a difference. When we perform quick lube here in Cincinnati on your vehicle, we primarily look at and replace the oil in your engine.
But there are a lot of other fluids and lubricants needed throughout your vehicle. These include transmission fluids that keep your car smoothly shifting gears, radiator fluid that keeps your engine cool, and other lubrication that keeps various systems in your vehicle moving smoothly. In a full lube job, we will check, refill, or replace those other fluids and lubricants to make sure your vehicle is in the best condition possible.
That kind of full service takes longer and is not typically needed every time you change your oil. But every two or three times you come to us for service, you should make it a full lube or full-service visit. The weather here can be rough on your vehicle, so it is very important that you take care of it.
We keep saying you should come to us for your quick lube in Cincinnati needs, but what about those other quick lube shops out there? Some of them do a great job, but knowing where to go can be difficult. Consider the following reasons to bring your vehicle to us, rather than one of those other shops:
If you bought your car, truck, or SUV from us, then you know we already know your vehicle. Whether you bought it brand new or used, it will not be the first time our service professionals have looked at your ride. And when it comes to Chevys, we are well-positioned with expert mechanics that specialize in Chevy vehicles and parts. There is no guesswork on our behalf. We already know your vehicle, and we are happy to help you take care of it and keep it running beautifully.
Here at McCluskey Chevy, our service center is open and available to you seven days a week, including weekends. While you can schedule your routine maintenance ahead of time, we know that sometimes emergencies happen. Sometimes you need to get your car cared for right away, don't worry. From morning to evening every day of the week, our expert service professionals are here to help you with anything you need. From a quick lube job to a total engine rebuild, we're here for you.
Because we offer all kinds of service, we are well-positioned to take care of anything you need. That means that our service experts are always looking to make sure every part of your vehicle is in good shape. You might not want to hear that your brake pads are wearing down and need to be replaced; but trust us, it is better to know about that when you visit us than to discover it when your brakes stop working on the highway. And if we do find an issue, you know that we can take care of it for you as quickly as possible.
As a Chevy dealership, our service department is certified to work on brand new Chevy vehicles while they are under warranty. Although a quick lube service at another shop will not typically void any warranty, you have. But there is always the risk they might do something that damages your vehicle and affects your coverage. Here at McCluskey Chevy, our service professionals work within and uphold your warranty. Plus, coverage often requires regularly scheduled maintenance, so you know that we will always tell you when you need service performed to keep the warranty valid.
If we do discover an issue with your vehicle beyond what you need quick lube service for, then we are uniquely poised to take care of it. Not only is our work potentially covered by your warranty – so you do not have to go somewhere else. We also have a large inventory of Chevy original parts here in stock. That means that a lot of the time, we can do the work you need as quickly as possible, without waiting for parts to come in. We do the job properly and get you back on the road as soon as possible, with the peace of mind that comes from knowing you had the best service for your vehicle.
You might think that motor oil is motor oil, and that is the end of it. But in reality, there are several options available for you when you get quick lube service here in Cincinnati. You must understand your options and make the right choice for your vehicle. We will not get too deep into the technical aspects of motor oil, but this should give you a sense of what your options are and which you should choose.
There are different types of oil in terms of viscosity and thickness, but this is not something you will really need to worry about. Your manufacturer indicates which kind of oil you should use, and we always make sure that kind is used with your engine. More important for you, is whether you go with conventional or synthetic oil.
Conventional oil is just what it sounds like: oil that has been harvested and refined to be of good quality. This is the type of motor oil that has been used for decades, though it is now refined to a higher quality than before. Synthetic oil is manipulated at a molecular level to be of the very highest quality – to keep your motor running as smoothly as possible while cleaning your engine as it runs. Some synthetic oil starts as conventional oil is that is more highly refined and altered in a lab, while other synthetics are made from scratch.
Both conventional oil and synthetic oil have advantages and drawbacks that you should consider before coming to us for a quick lube job in Cincinnati. While we are happy to discuss your options with you and make suggestions, the more you know ahead of time, the better we can help.
First things first, conventional oil is cheaper – sometimes significantly cheaper. So if you are worried about your budget and the expense for a quick lube service, then conventional oil is going to help you out there. Depending on what type of synthetic oil you look at, it can be quite a lot more expensive. A little sticker shock is not unusual when someone first considers their options.
That being said, synthetic oil is much better for your vehicle. By using synthetic motor oil, you get better performance as it helps lubricate more effectively than conventional motor oil. Even better, synthetic oil can help clean your engine by removing dirt, debris, and sludge that builds up in your engine's parts that make it run rough. In some cases, using synthetic oil can extend the time you have between getting a quick lube service, but this depends on your vehicle and engine. So it is not something you can always bank on.
This is an important question, so consider it carefully. If you are worried about the expense, then conventional oil is certainly a less expensive option. For the best performance possible, however, synthetic oil is definitely the way to go, and we always recommend it for high-performance vehicles like sports cars.
You do have a couple of options you should keep in mind, however. For one thing, there are synthetic blends available, which are exactly what they sound like: a combination of synthetic and conventional oil. These motor oils provide you with excellent performance and can help clean your engine like synthetic oil, but the price is lower than pure synthetic. This is a great option if you are worried about the cost, but still, want great motor oil in your vehicle.
With this in mind, it's important to not change between oil types. If you have a brand new vehicle and are in for your first oil change, but your vehicle has conventional oil in it, you can switch to synthetic. But you cannot switch from synthetic oil to conventional oil at any time in your vehicles life. This can damage your engine and decrease its life span.
Just remember that if you need to top off your oil, you must use the same kind of oil that is already in there every time. You cannot mix synthetic and conventional oil together in your engine. They can make a blend in a lab, but do not try to make it in your car. So whatever you choose for your next visit, make sure you stick with it.