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Driving on BC’s hilly roads, in damp weather conditions and heavy urban traffic can be challenging for your car – we help extend the life of your engine, and protect your investment in your vehicle, with timely vehicle inspection, maintenance and oil change services. For affordable, quick, and convenient oil change services in Vancouver, as well as New Westminster, Langley, Surrey, Burnaby and Coquitlam, among others, drivers know that they’ll find superior service and substantial savings at their nearby GV Tires.


A regular schedule of oil and filter changes is one of the simplest things you can do to keep your car in good condition. The conventional wisdom of an oil change every 5,000 km has changed somewhat with greater concern for the environment and advances in both engine design and engine oil formulation. Today’s cleaner-running engines can be maintained with oil changes at longer intervals, up to 8,000 km by utilizing full synthetic oil, and depending on the make and model of your vehicle and the kind of driving you do. If much of your driving is in stop-and-start construction traffic on Highway 1A between Langley and Burnaby, for instance, or if you drive frequently in the extreme temperatures of northern BC or Alberta, you might need more frequent oil changes to protect your engine. Drive in our GV Tire stores and ask our trained mechanics about the right type of oil and an appropriate schedule for your vehicle’s oil change.


Forgotten the date of your last oil change? It might be time to bring your car in if you can’t remember the last time you had an oil change done. Other signs you should be on the lookout for include:

  • Engine noise
  • Check engine light
  • Black oil when you check oil levels
  • Oily leaks under your vehicle


  • Signs that it might be time for an oil change:

    • Does your car have problems starting, or does it stall frequently? If so, your fuel filter might be clogged.
    • If you have trouble getting your car up to high speeds, this could also indicate a partially clogged air filter.
    • Does the interior of your car smell musty? That’s generally an indication that your cabin air filter could be getting clogged.
    • Dark and dirty looking oil is also a sign that it’s ready to be changed.
  • The importance of clean engine oil

    Engine oil serves many useful purposes. The first is that it creates a film between metal surfaces which reduces wear. The second is it acts as a rust inhibitor by neutralizing acids and by keeping additional moisture away from key engine components.

    Since the combustion process required to keep your engine running causes heat, motor oil helps transport that heat away to an oil pan where it can cool before being recirculated back through the engine.

    Engine oil has one more purpose and that is to clean the motor. It contains detergents that help minimize the build-up of sludge and that isolate harmful carbon particles.

    Oil becomes contaminated over time, and when that happens it can break down and become ineffective. Signs of its ineffectiveness may show up in one of the ways listed above.

  • When should I replace my oil?

    The answer to this depends on a number of factors such as your vehicle type, the age of your vehicle and what type of driving you do. If you do a lot of city driving, where there is more stop-and-go involved, you will likely need to do it more often.

    There is a general rule of thumb however, which is to change your oil every 5,000 kilometers or sooner in severe operating conditions such as lots of rush hour traffic. Speedy can help you to figure out if you should come in before or after that amount.

  • What kind of oil should you be using?

    10W30 and 5W30 are the most common multi-grade conventional oils. The first number represents oil flow in cold temperatures with the lower number meaning it is less thick and therefore flows better. The ‘W’ means it can be used in the winter and the 30 represents to how well it flows in warm temperatures.

    Although 10W30 is the closest thing to one-size-fits all and is the most frequently recommended, most late model cars recommend 5W30. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for what they recommend, especially if your vehicle is under warranty.

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