Are you getting tired of hearing a million different opinions on oil changes? Let’s plow through the noise and clear up any confusion. Despite the many different things you hear people with the best of intentions, one thing is certain: Your car, truck, or SUV needs regular oil changes. If you ignore this simple fact, you’ll damage the vehicle’s engine and end up with an auto repair bill you never want to see. So, when do you need to have your oil changed and which oil type is best? Keep reading to find out.
Oil Change Frequency
You should have your oil changed every 3,000 miles with one exception to this rule: You can wait if you use synthetic oil, but more on that later. The reason why you need to have frequent oil changes is that motor oil lubricates moving engine parts and dirty motor oil cannot do this job effectively. Dirty motor oil leaves sludge deposits throughout your engine which causes the engine to overheat. Dirty and old motor oil cannot effectively lubricate the moving parts to prevent unnecessary friction.
Yes, there is a buzz out there that you can wait to have motor oil changed until 7,500 miles, 10,000 miles, or even 15,000 miles but we don’t recommend this, especially if you drive your automobile frequently. The longer you wait between oil changes the more risk to your engine. If you do use synthetic motor oil and your vehicle’s manufacture says you can 7,500 miles between oil changes with the synthetic oil, then it’s okay to wait that long, but only if you drive on open roads and don’t drive like a maniac.
Motor Oil Types
Synthetic motor oil and synthetic blends are the new darlings of automotive service but it isn’t always necessary to spend the extra money on them. Yes, you can go farther between oil changes because they resist breaking down better than conventional oil, but synthetic oil is really only necessary if you live in an area with extreme temperatures or if you drive a high-mileage vehicle. Otherwise, conventional motor oil works fine lubricating your vehicle’s engine parts and remains effective between oil changes.
This isn’t to discourage you from taking the synthetic route if you prefer. It’s a very effective motor oil that protects your engine from expensive wear and tear. It’s best to check with your vehicle’s manufacturer to find out the best motor oil type and weight for your vehicle make, model, and year. You’ll find this information in the back of your owner’s manual under the service or maintenance section. Stick to this oil, as it is designed specifically to work best in your vehicle’s engine type.
Stop by one of Accurate Auto Repair’s three convenient locations today for an oil change. We’ll get you in and out quickly.