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Oil Change Services in Santa Cruz County, CA

Changing the oil in your vehicle is the most essential maintenance procedure you can do for your car. Diesel vehicles are becoming more popular, and have the same oil requirements. Diesel engines can usually go longer between oil changes but they do use a different kind of oil. Add synthetic oil to the mix and things could get confusing. There is now conventional oil, fully synthetic oil and Semi-synthetic oil to choose from for both engines. At Cruz Toyota in Santa Cruz, CA, we are here to help you find the best oil for your vehicle. We service cars from all over Santa Cruz County, such as Capitola, Live Oak, Soquel, and Aptos, CA.


Importance of oil changes


Even synthetic oil will break down eventually and be less effective over time. Vehicle manufacturers recommend certain intervals between oil changes. This is the amount of time they are sure the oil will be effective in lubricating the engine. You can go a little longer but at some point, it will make a real difference if you have not changed your oil. Eventually, the oil would turn to sludge and your engine could be ruined.

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Gasoline engines


Gasoline engines are by far the most common, and most have used traditional, or conventional oil, for generations. This is basic crude oil with some treatments to help the car run lean and to help lubrication. Fully synthetic oil uses some traditional oil but is primarily a man-made product that is designed to be cleaner and lubricate your engine even better than traditional oil. Fully Synthetic oil lasts longer but costs more. It is better for the environment, but even synthetic oil has to be disposed of. Semi-synthetic oil is a compromise or middle ground between conventional oil and fully synthetic oil.

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Diesel engines


Vehicles powered by a Diesel engine, of course, need Diesel fuel and oil formulated for those kinds of engines. Diesel fuel is thicker and has a higher viscosity, to help it work more efficiently. Diesel vehicles go longer between oil changes than gasoline-powered engines, and when you add fully synthetic oil, you get an even longer period between oil changes. Synthetic oil for diesel has not been around as long as it has for gasoline engines, but it still is more efficient in lubricating an engine.

Santa Cruz Toyota

Call or stop by our service center in Santa Cruz, CA to set up an oil change for your car. We can help you find the oil that is right for your car, and help you decide between synthetic or conventional oil.  We are in Santa Cruz County, also serving Capitola, Live Oak, Soquel, and Aptos, CA.

Service Hours

  • Monday 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday 7:00am - 6:00pm

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Santa Cruz Toyota

4200 Auto Plaza Drive
Directions Capitola, CA 95010

  • Sales: 831-465-1476
  • Service: 831-462-4200
  • Parts: 831-462-4200

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