Lansing Oil Change
Our experienced team offers Oil Changes on all makes and models. Being a complete auto repair shop, when we change your oil, we will also be looking at other items, like brakes, exhaust, suspension, and alignment.
The difference between a quick oil change business and Lentz is somewhat like going to Walgreens for a flu shot instead of your doctors office. The doctors office has more knowledge, and is more capable of holistic quality care.
How often should you change your oil?
It used to be recommended that you change your oil every three months or 3,000 miles, and for many, that is still the standard. In reality, it really depends on your car and your driving habits.
Oil Change every 1,000 miles if you drive only for short trips of 10 miles or less. This is because condensation in oil doesn't get hot enough to burn off, and that can cause the oil to break down faster. Additionally, oil should be changed at least twice a year as it does degrade and break down on its own. So just because you aren't driving 3,000 miles during a 6 month period doesn't mean you shouldn't change your oil.
Oil Change every 3,000 miles if you have an older vehicle that recommends oil changes of this frequency in the owners manual.
Oil Change every 5,000-7,500 miles if you drive a newer car and primarily drive at steady speeds for more than 20 minutes at a time. For example, if most of your driving is commuting on the expressway to and from work, and your manual recommends 5,000-7,000 oil changes, you are safe to change at this interval. However, most manuals recommend changing more frequently if your driving habits include frequent starts and stops (city driving) or trips of 10 miles or less.
Oil Change every 10,000 miles if you're driving a newer vehicle that uses synthetic oil. Or you have made the switch to synthetic oil, then you may be able to stretch out your oil changes to 10,000 mile intervals. This is because synthetic oil doesn't break down as quickly as regular oil. In addition, synthetic oil stands up to temperature extremes in the summer and winter better than regular oil. The drawback is that Synthetic oil costs more (of course).
Ultimately, you should consult your car's engine manual, and then take your driving habits into consideration. If you are unsure, feel free to contact us and we will help you get on the right track.
How to change your own oil
If you want to change your own oil, we fully support you! It's a great entry level task for those who want to start working on their own car. However, it should be noted, working on a car can be dangerous, and you do so at your own risk.
Steps to change your oil:
Below is a video going over the tools and steps necessary to change your own oil.
Family Owned Since 1972
Gordon Lentz opened his first auto repair shop in 1972. Trained as a mechanical engineer. His first exposure to the automotive repair business came in the early 1970's, when he was selling storage systems to muffler repair shops. He could see room for improvement in a lot of the shops he visited. He took a chance; quit his job, and invested his life savings in building his own auto service center. Today, Lentz Auto Repair is still family owned and operated, guided by the same simple mission that started over 45 years ago: “treat our customers as we would like to be treated and provide quality products at fair prices.”
Auto services are performed on non-commercial vehicles and are accompanied by a limited warranty. If a warranted part fails to perform during the time of ownership, simply return to any LENTZ USA Service Center with your receipt for repairs. Family owned and operated since 1972. Senior and student discounts available.
The Lentz USA service team is ready to help you
• CV joints/axels
• Steering suspension
• Air conditioning
• Engine repair and replacement
• Tune up
• Computer diagnostic equipment
• Alignment services (2 and 4 wheel)
• Transmission repair
• Oil changes
• Custom pipe bending
• Street rods
• Brake and anti locks
• Front and rear end suspension
• Shocks and struts
• Tire rotation
• Safety inspections
• Belts and hoses
• Motor flushes
• Alternators and batteries