Part two of our series on scheduled auto maintenance explores oil changes as well as common myths and misconceptions about them.
How Often Should I Get an Oil Change?
Scheduled Auto Maintenance in Gilbert AZ
It used to be that you had to get an oil change done every 3,000 miles like clockwork as part of scheduled maintenance. However, with new technologies, and improvement in lubricants, oil changes are now at 5,000 miles or higher, particularly where synthetic oil is concerned. However as we covered in our last article, read your owner’s manual. You also want to periodically check your oil level, and make sure that there are no oil puddles under your car.
Are oil changes really necessary anymore? Yes, particularly when you consider the benefits they provide. One major benefit of an oil change is improved gas mileage. When your car’s oil is dirty, it causes friction. Your car’s engine is, after all, a collection of moving parts. As friction increases in an engine, the more heat it is going to give off, which means that your gas level will also burn off. Even though the amount of gasoline it burns is minimal, it is enough to make filling up your tank a lot more expensive.
Oil Changes: Part of Scheduled Auto Maintenance
Oil changes are part of scheduled auto maintenance. Another benefit they offer is that they extend the life of your engine. Clean engines are less likely to lock up, and if it is maintained properly, your engine will keep going for a lot longer.
So, as you see, oil changes are just one more thing you want to do if you own a car. You don’t want to wait too long either, particularly if you bought a used vehicle. So make sure you get your car in for scheduled auto maintenance, including oil changes.
This concludes part two of our series. For more information on scheduled auto maintenance, please read part one and part three as well.