Shell oil is designed to enhance your vehicle’s engine performance, even in the most extreme conditions and – unlike crude oil – it’s made from natural gas.
Shell was the first company to develop the fully synthetic technology that produces oil from natural gas – making it cleaner and better for your engine and the environment.
Here at CJ Auto, we are proud to be a Shell Helix service specialist and use Shell Helix motor oils as part of our interim and full vehicle services.
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Benefits Of Shell Oil
The Shell Helix engine oils we use offer several advantages, including:
· Extreme temperature performance
· Engine stress and wear protection
· Ultimate power and performance
· Superior piston cleanliness
· Improved fuel economy
Shell is a brand that is widely recognised and trusted by millions of consumers worldwide. By using Shell oil, we prove to our customers that we are invested in keeping their engines protected and clean, and their vehicles on the road for longer.
Why It’s Important To Keep Engine Oil Topped Up
Though engine oil is one of the things our team will examine during a service, it’s important to check levels between services too – and top it up as and when necessary.
After all, if your vehicle doesn’t have enough oil, your engine won’t get the protection it needs.
To check and top up your oil, you’ll need to:
1. Park your vehicle on a flat, level surface and switch off the engine.
2. Wait at least 10 minutes for the engine to cool down and the oil to settle in the engine oil sump.
3. Lift the bonnet and identify the dipstick (it usually has a brightly coloured hook or loop).
4. Carefully pull the dipstick out and wipe any oil off it. Then, put it back in until you hear a click sound and remove it once more.
5. The dipstick will have two lines (a maximum and minimum mark that are usually 1L apart). Ideally, oil should sit between these.
6. If oil sits below the lowest mark, you will need to top it up. Take care though, as too much can damage things like the catalytic converters or DPFs (Diesel Particulate Filters). And before you pour it in, make sure that you’ve got the right engine oil for your car.
Using the wrong oil can cause deposits to build up and damage the engine, so you must check your vehicle handbook and make sure you use oil that meets the necessary technical specifications (e.g. ACEA, API, VW, etc.).
Alternatively, if you recently had your car serviced at CJ Auto, you can ask us which Shell oil we used so you can top it up with the same one and ensure your engine is fully protected until its next service.
For more information about Shell Helix engine oils, get in touch with us today.
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Frequantly Asked Questions
How often you need to change your engine oil will vary depending on several factors, including the age of your vehicle, the type of oil it takes and driving conditions it has been subjected to.
It used to be normal to change engine oil every 3,000 miles. However, thanks to modern lubricants, most engines only require an oil change every 5,000 - 7,500 miles or so.
Alternatively, if your vehicle requires a fully synthetic engine oil, like Shell oil, you could go as far as 15,000 miles without needing it changed!
If you’re not making long trips at high, steady speeds, you should check your engine oil more frequently.
This is because your engine isn’t getting hot enough to boil off the condensation that builds up in the system – causing your oil to break down at a much faster rate.
Most of the wear and tear happens when starting your car. If you aren’t driving very far, most of your driving is the type that’s very harsh on your engine.
In circumstances like this, changing your engine oil every 6 months will help to minimise the damage.
Changing the oil in your engine is a simple task that requires few tools. If you’re looking to save yourself a bit of money, then it’s more than possible to do it yourself.
However, if you don’t know what you're doing, it has the potential to go very wrong.
Oil is used to lubricate your engine's internal components. The consequences of messing it up can be seriously expensive – more so than it would be if you were to take it to a garage in the first place.
Professional and experienced mechanics, like the team here at CJ Auto, know exactly the right way to go about an oil change. If you decide to do it yourself you run the risk of making mistakes, including:
• Using the wrong type of oil
• Not tightening the drain plug to the correct specification
• Not tightening the oil filter enough
• Adding too much or not enough oil
You may also miss something that’s in desperate need of repairing that a mechanic would pick up on. Additionally, you’ll need to dispose of your waste oil correctly – which is a tedious process.
There are several ways you can tell it’s time to change your engine oil, including:
• Noisy engine
• Persistent check engine light
• More mileage than usual
• Irregular oil texture
These, or any other, strange symptoms should be investigated immediately, to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive at all times.
If you’re concerned, be sure to get in touch with the expert mechanics here at CJ Auto today. Give us a call on 01925 589 066.
Since opening in 2012, we’ve built an enviable reputation in the community, and are notably regarded for the quality of our services and our reliability.
Our team of trained, highly skilled mechanics serve in and around the Warrington area. With over 35 combined years of experience, we’re more than capable of dealing with any of your mechanical issues that arise – including regular maintenance like engine oil changes.
Customer satisfaction is at the heart of what we do. We pride ourselves on being able to offer the highest quality, comprehensive services at some of the most competitive prices around!
To find out more about Shell Helix engine oils or to make a booking with us, give us a call on 01925 589 066 or fill out our online contact form, and one of our specialists will be in touch!