Everything You Need To Know About Getting Your Oil Changed

Pouring oil into car engine.Changing your oil is the most effective way to extend the life of your vehicle and increase the resale value. 

Dirt and debris in an engine can cause friction which can be very harmful to your motor. It’s extremely important to keep your car on a service schedule as a preventative measure. 

In this blog, we will answer four very important questions about caring for the lifeblood of your vehicle!

When Should I Change My Oil?  

Most manufacturers recommend you service your vehicle when you travel a specific number of miles. Newer model cars will have a sensor that will alert you when it’s time for a scheduled oil change. The only way to be certain is to check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations or consult the service technician at your dealership.  

How Often Do I Need To Change My Oil? 

The commonly held belief is that you should get your car serviced every 3,000 miles. However, technology has improved over the years and the majority of new cars have recommended service intervals greater than 3,000 miles. It depends on the car, but generally, a vehicle can go 5,000 to 7,500 miles before requiring a change. If you put hard miles on your car we would suggest more frequent visits to your dealership’s service department.  

How Do I Know Which Oil Is Right For My Car?

It all depends on your vehicle. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations. There are many upgraded options available that will help improve your engine’s performance but don’t get upsold to a higher grade or synthetic without doing your homework first. In most new cars, the motor oil requirements are printed directly on the oil cap. Visit your dealership or an online car group to inquire about higher performing options.  

Should I Use Synthetic Oil?

When your car’s oil heats up it breaks down and will eventually lose viscosity, turning it into sludge. This process affects the lubrication capacity of the oil and can decrease horsepower and fuel efficiency. When an engine runs on synthetic oil it has a higher capacity to resist breaking down and can prolong the life of your engine. Take into consideration the conditions you live in and the number of miles you drive before spending your money. Synthetics can cost as much as four times the conventional.

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