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Oil Change in Riverside, CA

Oil Change

Changing the oil in your car is usually an instant procedure at a modern automotive service center like Protrans. A proper lubricating approach in your vehicle is also an essential asset of your vehicle maintenance program. Good, clean oil improves the overall performance of your car and expands the life of the engine.

This comprehensive guide will thoroughly inform you about oil changes and procedures.

What do you mean by an oil change?

Oil changes typically refer to changing the necessary lubricating oil of a vehicle to make your automobile functional. An oil change is the removal of used oil in your engine and replacing it with a new, refreshed or clean oil. In addition to this, oil breaks down & gets dirty.

Like most lubricating and cooling fluids that keep vehicles running, engine oil must be changed at some point. Metallic particles and engine debris gradually darken and thicken the oil, reducing its efficiency. Oil filters, which are small, replaceable parts, are designed to remove this debris but have a limited lifespan. When you change your oil, you should also change the filter.

Different types of Oils for cars

Car oils are categorized into four different types:

Synthetic Oil

Because synthetic oils are chemically engineered, the oil molecules are more uniform in shape, have fewer impurities, and perform better than mineral oils. Since synthetic lubricants are formulated with higher-performing additives, they tend to perform better at extreme temperatures, high or low.

Semi-synthetic Oil

Semi-synthetic oils blend synthetic and mineral oils that provide greater oxidation resistance than mineral oil while also providing excellent low-temperature properties for your engine.

Mineral Oil

Mineral oils are available in a variety of viscosity and quality grades. They are recommended for drivers who have simple engine designs and drive consistently. Drivers with a heavy foot or a mixture of driving styles are strongly advised to use synthetic oils, as they have a longer service life and oil drain interval!

High-mileage Oil

High-mileage oils are designed specifically for older or newer vehicles with over 100,000 miles on the odometer. High mileage oils, with a unique blend of additives and formulation, help reduce engine oil burn-off while preventing oil leaks that can occur in older or high-mileage engines.

What does engine oil do?

Engine oil lubricates, and cools the moving components of your engine. Most automobile manufacturers specify exactly which engine oil is appropriate for your machine. The oil type recommended is typically found in two locations, i.e. the oil cap on the engine & in the owner’s manual. The core specification elaborates on the type and viscosity of the oil along with the moving parts of the car, truck and SUV’s engine.

Danger Indicators that indicate your engine oil needs to change

Many drivers rely solely on mileage as a gauge for oil changes or replacements. Here are some of the most common reasons or indicators that your car needs an oil change:

Check Engine Oil or Oil Change Light

The car will be the most obvious indicator that there is a problem with your oil. When there is insufficient oil in the system, the oil change light in your vehicle will illuminate, so check the dipstick to see what’s going on.

In the worst-case scenario, the check engine light will illuminate. This is your car alerting you that things have deteriorated to the point where the engine is at risk of damage due to faulty parts or a lack of lubrication.

Engine Noise & Knocking

Oil provides lubrication and a protective layer between engine parts, avoids metal-to-metal brushing, keeps the engine quiet, and allows it to run smoothly or efficiently. If your oil is not doing its job correctly, the engine noise will elevate. In most cases, you may even experience knocking and rumbling sounds that mean your engine is tearing itself apart from a lack of lubrication.

Dark or Dirty Oil

The color of clean oil is reddish and it is mildly translucent. It fills up with particles collected from the engine and darkens as it is used.

It will not be obvious when this begins, so you must be vigilant and check your engine oil at least once a month. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean before replacing it in the oil tank. Now remove it a second time. It is time for an oil change if the dipstick can’t see through the oil.

Exhaust smoke

Your car’s tailpipe will always emit translucent vapor, but it is time for an engine inspection if it changes to smoke. There could be faulty engine parts or an oil leak.

Oil Smell inside the car

If you smell oil inside your car, it could indicate an oil leak. Your vehicle may get too hot if you smell gas or exhaust fumes. In either case, you should schedule maintenance right away.

Head to Protrans to Get your Oil Change Service today in Riverside!

If you are looking for an oil change or replacement services for your vehicle in Riverside, then it is vital to schedule your visit to California’s #1 Automobile workshop Protrans. Call us today or book an appointment online.

Our Customer Reviews

Bruce was amazing! Got my 2008 honda accord fixed up and on road in great time at very reasonable price. Thank you

Bryan Barth May 5, 2024

The wonderful team at ProTrans helped me out IMMENSELY when I called with an emergency. I had a kitten under my hood that I could not get out! After towing my car there, they helped out immediately and removed the little furball so I could return him to his home. Thanks again to this amazing group. I’ll definitely be bringing my car here for future tune ups. Great guys & great service.

mallorie Lippincott May 5, 2024

Michael and the office staff were awesome! They were friendly, communicated clearly, their estimate was accurate, and the work was done quickly. I would definitely encourage others to get an estimate and consider for any repairs or service.

Vince B Apr 4, 2024

Friendly, honest, and the service is quick. Outstanding experience every time, and they even topped off the coolant for no extra charge. Give these guys a try.

Evan Mason Feb 2, 2024

So last year I was recommended to go to Pro Trans. I have a 2015 Fiat 500. They did excellent work. This year I needed a little follow up with the same situation, and they took even better care of my car. I can't recommend them enough, not only do they take excellent care of your car, the staff is also wonderful!

Michelle Halvas Feb 2, 2024

It’s getting harder and harder to find a good shop in town they will go through your vehicle thoroughly and make sure it’s right.Great friendly staff 🤓

Marc Etter Jan 1, 2024

Prompt friendly service. They let me make an appointment. Explained services well

Ron F Jul 7, 2017

They helped me with my car when I broke down on my way to Arizona! They got the part, and fixed my car within an hour to assist me on my way home! 10/10 Thank you so much! - Jon

Jon Wilson Jan 1, 2024

Always happy with the excellent customer service, follow-up, and quality of work done. I've been going to Protrans Automotive for a few years now and Jeff and Michael have always been upfront and honest. I have never had a bad result or negative experience ---all at very fair prices in all the work I've had done. A good mechanic(s)--priceless.

Rob A Dec 12, 2023

Fantastic work! I called around to a couple of shops and they told me they couldn't help me with my 28 foot class A motor home. Those other shops recommended Protrans. I called and Cory got my RV in the next business day and my coach transmission was diagnosed that afternoon. It was quick and Cory and Jeff worked with our schedule as we had a trip reserved for that weekend. The team at Protrans rebuilt my E4OD transmission and got me back on the road by that weekend. We drove our RV 500 miles to and from death Valley via Towne pass (4963ft from sea level) no problems. ALOT OF CONFIDENCE in this transmission for sure!

Michael Salisbury Nov 11, 2023

Great service with a friendly staff! Had my truck up in running in no time. I would definitely go back to this shop

Eric Gutierrez Nov 11, 2023

I brought my 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas Vehicle to Protrans b/c it couldn't be serviced at the Dealer. Protrans was able to define the issue(s); work thru them & get my vehicle back on the road. No issues for over 6 months now. The Team is polite, very knowledgable, but most importantly professional. I highly recommend Protrans for anyone that needs service for their vehicle.

Daniel OConnor Jun 6, 2023

This is a great shop. I bought the the bilstein b12 pro suspension kit and was originally going to put it on myself. When I realized it was something I was in over my head I contacted Protrans. I heard back from Jeff and we were able to make an appointment for the next day. Brought my car in and it was done the same day. Everyone I talked to from the shop was very respectful and professional. I will be recommending this shop to all my friends and family and will be coming back for future work. 👍👍

M W Oct 10, 2023

If Protrans doesn’t deserve 5 stars, no one does. Just impeccable character and service experience. I recommend to all my friends and anyone in the Inland Empire area!

Nina Yuan Oct 10, 2023

Very professional and did a great job with my Lexus !

Blatino Carrillo Oct 10, 2023

Fast and efficient service. They gave me a quick update after inspection regarding what the issue was. After the service, my car runs smooth now. Highly recommended.

Hasin Us Sami Oct 10, 2023

Protrans staff was great to work with from the beginning. Their customer service was exceptional throughout the whole process. Giving me updates on a daily basis on the progress and concerns with my vehicle. I would highly recommend this establishment to anyone who is looking to have their transmission repaired.

Jay D Oct 10, 2023

Jeff was Awesome 👌 Thank you again for all the help! My husband and I couldn't be happier. We have a Ford Fusion and there were a number of things that had to be repaired and they brought my car back to life. My engine was overheating and had problems with the a/C, Jeff had also noticed I needed some new tires and gave me and my family a great deal. I'm so glad I came to you guys when I did. The car is running smoothly 😇 We definitely found our Mechanic

VDM Mercado Oct 10, 2023

Jeff was attentive and empathetic to our situation, our car was finished in a timely manner with a great price.

Larry Padron Oct 10, 2023

Would definitely recommend Protrans. They were extremely friendly, had a clean facility and very communicative. I was ready for a rebuilt transmission but they discovered it was motor mounts and would cost a fraction of the rebuilt quote. Will be taking all of my vehicles here from now on.

Natalie Gravitt Oct 10, 2023

These guys are the real deal. From the moment I called, the lady at the front desk was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Never left me waiting or wondering. They rebuilt my transmission and gave me my truck back feeling like new. Jeff was in constant communication with me the entire time, great guy. Great techs and Honest company. Thanks Protrans!

Edward Pulido Sep 9, 2023

Great auto shop! Very communicative and reasonable prices.

Brooke Rose Sep 9, 2023

Service was friendly, clear, and respectful. Went in for a coolant leak and failing coolant fans. They charged 130$ to find the leak and about 1000$ to replace the fans and the water pump. They made some extra maintenance suggestions but were very clear on what was essential to fix the leak, and what was only a suggestion. Not pushy at all. The prices they told me ahead of time matched up with what they actually billed me for. They had the problem diagnosed the same day I took the car in and had it repaired by the next day. I had to use a payment plan for the first time to cover part of the cost. They made it… Read more

Christian Wolird Sep 9, 2023

This shop always fixes whatever problems I have with my cars. Any issues that I experience my first thought is take it to Protrans.

Austin Hamedih Sep 9, 2023

Protrans Automotive is simply outstanding! Their skilled technicians provided top-notch service, quickly diagnosing and fixing my vehicle's issues. I was impressed by their honesty and transparent pricing, making the entire experience hassle-free. The staff's professionalism and commitment to customer satisfaction are truly commendable. Without a doubt, Protrans Automotive deserves a solid five-star rating!

LaVester Sturges Aug 8, 2023

I took my SUV VW Toureg to the dealer to have my brakes done. They did an estimate on the work I needed done with parts and told me it would be over $1000 dollars to get it done for the front brakes only. So, I called around and remembered going to Protrans a few years ago and how great their services were. I called them up they gave me a free estimate, after work was done they changed me half of what the dealer was going to charge me. I strongly recommend Protrans for any and all of repairs or services you need for your vehicle.

Jeff Stapleton Jan 1, 2021

They have a great team, very attentive to details. Made it so easy. Have already recommended them to family and friends.

Chuck Sanchez Jul 7, 2023

I do not live in California and my nephew heard about ProTrans. We called and when they checked it over, they found a hole in a hose. Fixed it and called to come get. Very professional service. Thank you!’

Susie Jun 6, 2023

Just picked up my truck it was done a couple of days early he had one of his mechanics take care of business . Clutch seems to be working perfect . This is my third time here and each time has been great .

Rex Gross Jun 6, 2023

I took the chance to just drop in without an appointment early in the morning because I needed some expertise on a problem. They were so helpful and got the problem fixed and then took care of an oil change. It feels so good to have someone I can trust to take care of our car, knowing they are honest and capable.

Linda Crites Jun 6, 2023

This business came highly recommended and they did not disappoint.

Lisa Barnes Jun 6, 2023

This place is 5 stars their the best they fixed my car in 1 day electrical diagnostics, and did oil change for only 89 , usually I pay 135 , Came back to have them charge my battery and replace my alternator and now everything works brand new . Best Place to go to affordable prices and These Guys know why their doing their Professional they worked on 2020 Volkswagen Jetta And many mechanic shops told me to go Volkswagen but I looked up reviews on who works on new Volkswagen and they were closes to me not even half a mile away. They Credit options as well which is what I used to fix my vehicle. Best Mechanic shop…

Ryan Moreno Jun 6, 2023

I had a great experience. The service was fast, fatser than most places I've been to. And the staff was very friendly and helpful. They made sure all my needs were met and all my questions got answered. Very nice place!

Fujin Raijin Jun 6, 2023

These guys did great work rebuilding my transmission and got it done within 3 days. Had to use my truck to move and the truck drove well with no issues. If you need transmission work and want it done professionally, don't hesitate to contact them. I'm a very satisfied customer and would highly recommend them.

Robert Nido May 5, 2023

The "Protrans" team is always very professional and welcoming! They always treat me & my family like royalty! I always look forward to spending quality time with Jeff & Michael!

Cliff Liles Nov 11, 2020

Protrans Automotive & Transmission the personnel at your service station are Honest and informative; providing the utmost work on my GMC Terrain. The car was checked out with an engine analyzer prior to visit. Your mechanics did a diagnostic check and came up with the same code. So, I was relieved the service station was not going to rip me of.. or take advantage of a senior citizen. Timely, informative and status of recommended work was provided. Updates discussed before their professional work continued. When I picked up my vehicle, such a difference!! It was like I received a brand new car. The Terrain runs so smoothly. The company they they run shows talent and professionalism in their automotive Skills!!… Read more

Jackie Brown May 5, 2023

I had a transmission rebuild done and diagnostic for check engine light. Super pleaseed to date with sevices! Not feeling comfortable with the estimate I got the last time I went there. I literally sold my car.

Beverly Olaiz Jan 1, 2021

It was a great experience. They doing the job in a professional way replacing the battery with the right size battery and write a qualification from the manufacture on time and friendly customer service. Definitely, I will keep them as my own mechanic from now on.

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