Oil changes often cause car owners a lot of consternation. Why? well, there is a lot of misinformation out there.
Oil Change Myth #1: Modern Cars Don’t Need Their Oil Changed
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As ASE-certified auto mechanics, we’re not sure where this idea came from. While modern cars don’t need oil changes done with the frequency they used to, they still need their oil changed. A good figure to shoot for is between every 3000 and 5000 miles depending on your vehicle.
As to why you should get your oil changed, well, think about this if you will. Assuming you put a lot of miles on your car, would you rather pay a few bucks here and there for an oil change that at most will take a few hours each time you do it, or would you rather spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars repairing your vehicle because you didn’t take proper care of it?
Oil Change Myth #2: You Need to Change Your Oil Every 1,000 Miles
This was true once. Cars up til about the mid 1990’s had this oil change schedule. Modern cars are a bit more advanced as are lubricants. Older oil broke down a lot easier, and was more prone to thermal viscosity, which is a fancy word meaning sticky and gummy oil. With that said, you want to change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles as we noted above. This is an ideal range of miles that you want to shoot for when you bring your vehicle in. If you change your oil too much, you’re just wasting money. Change it too little however, and you could be wasting even more money.
So remember, when you have a car, it is more than just your vehicle. It is also your freedom. So keep your freedom by being proactive about your vehicle maintenance. Get your oil changed today.