How often should you get an oil change?

Getting an oil change is an important part of keeping your car in good operating order. Most late model cars require that we use synthetic oil because it has fewer impurities. Each car requires a specific grade of synthetic for its make and model. This information can usually be found in your owner’s manual but your oil change service center will also know.

According to AAA, most cars now come with an oil maintenance monitoring system that will notify you when it’s time for a change. Some systems operate simply on mileage but more advanced systems look at the degradation of the oil-based on driving habits. With all of the heavy driving we do, lots of stops and starts and driving short trips means we need to change the oil more frequently than most. Putting off an oil change can be costly. Firestone Complete Auto Care says that if you go long enough without an oil change, it could eventually cost you your car. Once motor oil becomes sludge, it no longer draws heat from the engine. The engine might overheat and either blow a gasket or seize up. So do not ignore that service required/oil maintenance light when it comes on! 

With fewer oil changes we are less likely to check the oil level in our cars. AAA also recommends checking the oil level every 600 or 700 miles to be safe. Your car may be burning quicker than you think.

Simply put, checking your oil as well as changing it out regularly, is one of the least expensive car maintenance tasks we can do, saving you from some really expensive auto repairs or even the loss of your car!

Previously posted on June 2nd, 2020

Tomorrow: Dividers in your car?

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