An oil change is an excellent way to care for your car’s engine and ensure it remains fully functional. Let’s take a look at the specifics of getting your Jaguar’s oil changed and why it’s important you change the oil regularly.
Changing a car’s oil affects its performance, so it’s especially important for your high-performance Jag. We’ll take a look at what type of oil Jaguars use, who can change the oil in Jaguars, how often you should do it, and, most perhaps most importantly, the price to carry out an oil change.
Functions of motor oil in your Jaguar
Jaguars, just like all other cars, routinely needs oil changes. It’s a way of ensuring that the engine and its components are safe and work to their optimum capacity. Neglecting oil changes in your Jaguar can lead to costly repairs. However, before we dive deep into why changing the oil is important, let’s see what the oil in your Jaguar does.
It helps reduce engine heat
As your engine works, its parts experience friction, which produces heat. If these parts remain too hot, they may get damaged. With the oil moving around the engine, its components are cooled, carrying heat away to cooler parts. As heat leaves through the coolant, all engine parts will no longer remain too hot.
It improves fuel economy
As your engine works, oil moves around its components to lubricate them, thereby reducing friction. The more slippery these parts are, the less force they need to move. The less pressure they use, the less fuel they consume. So, well-lubricated engines end up saving you fuel.
It keeps your Jaguar engine clean
As your engine works, the oil collects dust and other debris, then moves them to the oil filter where they are trapped. This ensures that no particles build up in the engine to form a sludge that can damage the engine.
It prevents engine knocking
Engine parts like your pistons shouldn’t touch each other. With oil moving around the engine components, it ensures the engine parts are lubricated. As long they are lubricated, they won’t come in contact with each other or cause the engine to knock.
It avoids engine corrosion
Most engine oils contain additives. One of the functions of these additives is to help reduce oxidation and eliminate corrosion. This is one reason you must be intentional about the kind of oil you use on your Jaguar. You don’t want a rusted engine.
Why changing the oil in your Jaguar is important
Engine oil works to keep engine parts lubricated, help avoid corrosion and keep the engine clean. Doing these things causes the oil to get worn out. When it’s dirty or has lost its strength, the oil doesn’t function as well. For example, dirty oil forms sludge which prevents oil from reaching other engine components. This can prevent engine lubrication and cause engine knocking.
When lubricant no longer has the required viscosity, it fails to withstand the engine’s heat. Too much heat on engine components can destroy them. In a nutshell, changing oil in your Jaguar ensures that the oil efficiently keeps doing what it is meant to do.
Types of oil you should use for your Jaguar
Jaguar utilizes different types of oil. Each is model-specific. Your owner’s manual generally should let you know the kind of oil you should use on your Jaguar. However, oil type is mainly determined by the engine your car uses. High-performance engines will usually require oil with high viscosity and additives.
This type of oil is meant for light-duty trucks. It contains fewer additives and has a low viscosity. Chances are low that you will need conventional oil for your Jaguar, since most Jaguars come with high-performance engines.
Full synthetic oil
Synthetic oil has a higher number of additives, high viscosity level, and fewer impurities. This enables it to function at low and high temperatures. Synthetic oil keeps engines new, and you won’t have to worry about engine heat, sludge, or oxidation. Full synthetic oil is meant to work with high-performance engines like those in a Jaguar F-Type. However, it’s more expensive than standard oil.
This is a mixture of conventional and fully synthetic oil. Blends can withstand engines that go through a lot of stress like towing and hauling. It is oxidation resistant and can withstand an engine that produces much heat. Blends are usually cheaper or the same price as synthetic and best suited for SUVs like the F-pace.
High mileage oil
These types of oil are called protective oils. They help eliminate wear and tear, and they also prevent sludge from accumulating in the engine. They are thicker than the other oil types and are usually used in high mileage vehicles like those that have covered 75,000 miles and above.
How much does it cost to change the oil in a Jaguar?
Jaguar oil changes can be anywhere between $312 and $340. This includes labor and parts. Generally, labor should be around $50 to $70, with parts around $260 and $274. The oil price itself will depend on the oil type and engine size.
For instance, a 4-cylinder engine will usually use less oil and may require conventional oil.
On the other hand, an 8-cylinder engine will require more oil, and if it utilizes synthetic oil, that will ultimately increase the cost. Synthetic oil is more expensive than conventional oil. Also, note that a few repairs like changing oil filters are usually carried out alongside oil changes, which has a significant impact on price.
How often do I need to change the oil in my Jaguar?
Typically, you should change your oil around 7k to 16k miles or after one year. However, this depends on the oil your vehicle utilizes and how often you drive. Synthetic oil generally should be changed around 7k-10k miles. Off-road, racing, sporty, and towing drivers all have different paces at which they use their oil.
Most importantly, consult your user manual to know when your Jaguar will need an oil change. Also, make sure to check your oil filters and clean up whatever needs to be cleaned. This is cost-effective and saves time.
Which oil is the best for my Jaguar?
The type of engine your model has will determine which oil is best for your engine. High-performance engines like those in an F-Type will need synthetic oil. Synthetic blend can withstand extreme heat, oxidation, and stress and will suit SUVs like the F-pace.
High mileage oil will help reduce sludge accumulating in the engine. However, your owner’s manual is the best place to consult. It will tell you the right oil for your engine–synthetic, conventional, synthetic blend, or high-mileage oil.
Can I change my Jaguar oil myself?
Yes, you can change the oil in your Jaguar yourself. However, ensure you have the proper knowledge to carry out this task. Get the appropriate engine oil your model needs and carry out other repairs necessary to keep the car working fine.