Oil is an important part for the engine. The oil helps to keep the engine running efficiently and effectively when you drive. This is why it is important to make sure that you are following a proper oil change schedule for your vehicle. This will prevent the oil from breaking down either through usage or through time. Most vehicles will come with a maintenance schedule, which will include oil changes in it. Following this can help extend the life of your vehicle. To make sure that you are able to maintain good, clean oil in your vehicle, it is important to know how often to change it. It is also important to know what other parts should be replaced with an oil change. If you are unsure how often to have the oil changed, contact us. We can help to set you up with a schedule that is beneficial for you and your vehicle.
When to Replace the Oil
The standard that is used by most oil change companies is to replace your oil every 3,000 miles or every three months whichever comes first. This has changed recently with the ability of the vehicle to process oil better as well as the ways in which oil is produced. The new standard is between 4,000 and 5,000 miles if driven in normal conditions. The reason why many suggest a shorter range of 3,000 miles is to protect you from having any problems in your engine due to deposits which might develop as a result of going just slightly too long without your oil change. We can also help to recommend a schedule that is right for your make and model of vehicle.
What to Replace with the Oil
Replacing the oil is not the only thing that you will need to do. The oil filter will also need to be replaced each time. The oil is processed through your filter as it moves through the engine and on to other parts. If you do not change the oil filter during an oil change, you will be processing the new oil through the same filth which is present from the old oil. This will cause your oil to become dirty and could cause engine problems even though you were responsible enough to change your oil regularly. With new clean oil, the engine can be lubricated properly and run at top performance levels.
What type of oil is best?
Some luxury and sports engines recommend only using synthetic oils. This is because synthetic oils have the ability to endure broader temperature ranges than regular oils can. Many are resistant to using these because of the cost. It is important to keep in mind that along with better endurance for temperatures, it also has a longer usage. The average time schedule for replacing this kind of oil is twice as long on the road as what regular oils require. This will mean that in the long run, you are paying as much if not less than what you would for regular oil changes. If you are unsure what type of oil to use, contact us and we can recommend the right kind.