Oil Change Service in North Richland Hills & Euless, TX

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Everyone needs to get their car’s oil changed, but not every oil change is the same! We perform our high-quality oil changes with a focus on customer service and satisfaction. Our team of ASE Certified mechanics makes sure your vehicle is well taken care of, and our customers can enjoy perks like free shuttle services and appointment scheduling, plus free WiFi and coffee if you choose to wait in our lounge.

BENEFITS OF REGULAR OIL CHANGES

It’s no exaggeration to say that regular oil changes are the foundation of quality automotive maintenance. While your car needs a variety of services on a regular basis, oil changes are some of the most common auto maintenance tasks you’ll need to handle. On top of that, getting oil changes from a reliable Texas auto shop can keep your car in excellent condition for the foreseeable future.

Among many other benefits, a regular car oil change service can provide:

  • Enhanced engine performance. Following your ideal oil change schedule can protect your engine’s well-being far into the future.
  • Better fuel usage. Your car has to work harder when its oil is dirty, but clean oil can allow it to burn less fuel to do the same amount of work.
  • Warranty protection. If you want to keep your vehicle’s warranty in place, keeping up on oil changes and other routine maintenance tasks is essential.
  • Lowered auto emissions. In addition to everything else, clean oil contains fewer hydrocarbons than dirty oil, making it more eco-friendly.

WHAT DOES A FULL-SERVICE OIL CHANGE INCLUDE?

An oil change service might seem like something any garage can handle, but Parra Car Care goes the extra mile when you need this essential service in our Euless and North Richland Hills locations. When you take your vehicle to your nearest Parra location, our mechanics will:

  • Take care of the oil change itself
  • Remove and recycle your used oil and oil filter
  • Inspect your air filters and cabin
  • Check for other potential maintenance issues in your car
  • Top off fluids as needed

Motor Oil Varieties: What to Know About Different Engine Oils

It’s easy to assume different oil varieties are basically the same, but that’s not at all the truth. When it’s time for another oil change, you’ll need to select the right kind of oil for your vehicle based on its mileage and other factors. These are the primary motor oil categories:

  • Standard motor oil. AKA conventional motor oil, this is the most common type of motor oil on the market. It’s derived from refined crude oil and enhanced with additives to provide additional engine protection and viscosity. Standard motor oil is the least expensive motor oil variety, and you should change it every 3,000–5,000 miles or so.
  • Synthetic motor oil. As its name suggests, synthetic motor oil is a lab-made form of oil consisting of various chemical compounds. You can expect to spend more upfront for a synthetic oil change, but it’s essential to note that this price tag comes with a significant performance boost. You’ll also be able to go longer between oil changes with synthetic oil—it can stay in good condition until the 10,000–20,000-mile mark.
  • High-mileage motor oil. Does your vehicle have 75,000-plus miles recorded? If so, it will likely need high-mileage motor oil. This is often a blend of standard and synthetic motor oils, containing extra additives prepared with high-mileage vehicles in mind.

As you can see here, choosing the right type of motor oil can go a long way toward improving your vehicle’s overall performance. On the other hand, selecting an unsuitable oil type could negatively impact your car’s condition. If you’d like help choosing the best motor oil variety for your vehicle’s situation, just ask the team at Parra Car Care for assistance!

When Do I Need an Oil Change?

By now, you know why oil changes are essential and what kinds of oil there are to choose from. But there’s another piece of the oil change puzzle to consider—when you will need oil changes. While no one wants to get another oil change ahead of schedule, putting this task off for too long could wreak havoc on your car.

To determine the best oil change schedule for your vehicle, start by checking its user manual. There’s a good chance that your manufacturer recommends getting oil changes every 5,000–7,000 miles, but that’s not a hard and fast rule. Instead, it’s a good idea to use this as a starting point. Then, consider whether or not your driving habits include:

  • Regularly towing/hauling heavy loads
  • Driving in high temperatures
  • Regular short trips
  • High-mileage travels

Any of these factors can put extra strain on your vehicle—and, by extension, your motor oil. Because of that, there’s a good chance that your oil change schedule should be closer to 3,000–5,000 miles instead. Whenever you need oil changes, you can count on the certified technicians at Parra Car Care to get them done!

How a Transmission System Operates

As a direct link between the engine and the wheels, the transmission plays a vital role in the performance of your vehicle. Essentially, this system converts the engine’s mechanical power into torque, which is then transferred to the wheels to move the vehicle.

Because an engine operates at high rotational speeds, the transmission reduces the excess speed of the engine output and transfers the torque to the differential, driveshaft, and wheels. As the engine speed varies, the transmission switches between gears. This influences the amount of torque that is transferred to the wheels.

The transmission fluid flowing through the system performs a variety of tasks. First, it serves as a cooling agent by absorbing the excess heat generated from all of the mechanical movement. It also lubricates the internal gears, protecting them and preventing rust and corrosion. In a manual transmission vehicle, the clutch and gear shifts provide the necessary force and pressure. But in an automatic transmission, these same operational functions of force and pressure are provided by the transmission fluid.

As you can see, the transmission is critical to your vehicle going anywhere. That’s why it is so important to properly maintain the system, enabling it to perform optimally and preventing a need for more in-depth and costly repairs down the road.

Maintain the Transmission Fluid to Keep the System Properly Protected

People often don’t give their transmission system much thought until it’s not working properly, but including this system in your vehicle’s maintenance routine will help ensure it can continue to run as expected.

Your transmission fluid will pick up dirt, deposits, and other debris during normal use, but running your system on low or overly dirty fluid can cause gear shifting problems and can even cause the transmission to totally seize up, leading to the need for a very expensive total replacement.

You can prevent problems in the future by having your transmission serviced at the suggested intervals. We recommend coming in for a transmission fluid change every 30,000 miles or at your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended mileage.

A professional transmission fluid service will keep the system’s sensitive components properly lubricated to prevent excess friction and maximize the system’s performance to extend its lifespan.

There are two types of transmission fluid service: a transmission fluid change (aka transmission pan service) and a full transmission fluid flush.

What Is the Difference Between a Transmission Fluid Change and a Transmission Fluid Flush?

During a transmission fluid change, the mechanic manually drains the transmission pan, inspects it, and thoroughly cleans it. Then a new transmission filter is installed, and new, clean transmission fluid is added. A fluid change leaves a mix of new and old fluid, so with this service, only roughly 30% of the existing transmission fluid is replaced. This service does include a new fluid filter and gasket.

Alternatively, during a full transmission fluid flush, all of the old, dirty fluid is removed through the cooler lines and then replaced with fresh new transmission fluid. Due to the pressure used during this process, any built-up particles and deposits are also pushed out. Usually, this service does not include replacing the fluid filter.

Though they are often confused with each other, a transmission fluid change and a fluid flush are two entirely separate transmission services.

Signs That Your Vehicle May Need a Transmission Repair

Your vehicle’s performance can be significantly hindered by a faulty transmission. Being aware of some red flags to look out for will help prevent small transmission issues from becoming bigger problems. These warning signs include:

  • An illuminated check engine light: This light can indicate a wide variety of issues, but it frequently points to a transmission issue.
  • Unusual and excessive noise: When your vehicle is in neutral or when you are accelerating, excessive noise coming from the engine is an indication of possible transmission problems. You may hear knocking, grinding, or other unusual sounds.
  • Strange smells: A strong, burning smell coming through the air vents is usually a sign of an overheating transmission and burning transmission fluid. If this happens, it means that the transmission fluid is so dirty that it can no longer lubricate the system’s components properly or sufficiently absorb excess heat.
  • Slipping out of gear or grinding gears: A properly working transmission system will easily shift between gears. But you may feel grinding when shifting if the system is beginning to fail. It may even shift into neutral unintentionally, which then prevents you from being able to properly control the vehicle’s acceleration or deceleration.
  • Shifting is difficult: If it is physically hard to move the manual shifter between gears, this is a clear sign of a transmission problem.
  • Vehicle hesitation after shifting: Sometimes, a transmission issue will cause it to feel like the vehicle hesitates before moving forward when you shift from park into first gear. This can also sometimes happen when shifting past first gear or when shifting from park into reverse.
  • You feel the vehicle bucking: When shifting gears, if the vehicle bucks or jerks forward, it could mean a transmission fluid issue, a problem between gear shifts, or a problem with the transmission spinning faster than the engine is.
  • Issues with the clutch: In a manual transmission system, when the clutch continues to spin and causes a grinding noise, there is a problem. This can be caused by a dragging clutch or a clutch that is failing to disengage from the flywheel.
  • Leaking transmission fluid: There should never be transmission fluid actively leaking from the underside of the engine. Leaking transmission fluid will usually appear in red puddles under the center of the vehicle.

If you are experiencing any of the above warning signs of a possible transmission problem, contact us today about maintenance and transmission repair service. Our ASE-certified automotive mechanics can pinpoint exactly what the issue may be and professionally perform the necessary service.

Schedule Your Transmission Shop Appointment Today!

The professionals at each of our conveniently located Parra Car Care locations have the knowledge, experience, and state-of-the-art equipment to meet all of your vehicle’s transmission repair service needs.

Schedule your appointment today for unmatched customer service at a top-quality transmission shop you can trust!

Shuttle Service

Whether you’re driving a brand-new sports car or a beat-up old sedan, automotive maintenance is something you can’t afford to ignore. However, it’s no secret that scheduling this work can be an inconvenience. If you’re already juggling the responsibilities that come with your job and family, fitting transmission service into your daily routine can feel nearly impossible.

To make scheduling difficulties as minimal as we can for our customers, Parra Car Care offers a complimentary shuttle service to people who live and work in the area. Instead of waiting at our garage for your service to be completed, you can get right back to your work while we take care of your vehicle’s maintenance needs.

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