To keep the vehicle that you drive running well, there is a certain amount of maintenance that is required. One aspect of your car’s maintenance involved changing the oil. Without changing the oil in your vehicle on a regular basis, you will notice that your vehicle doesn’t run as well as it should Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanic is here to talk about oil changes; why you need them and how often you should be having them done.
How Often Should I Change My Oil?
When it comes to the frequency at which you should be changing your oil, it all depends on how your drive your car. Most people would recommend that you change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles. However, if you make several trips that 10 miles or under, you may want to consider changing it more often. When you don’t drive your vehicle at consistent speeds for long enough, your engine isn’t getting hot and your oil tends to break down faster. Also, the more you start your vehicle, the more wear and tear is happening in your engine. The starting of the engine is the hardest on it; changing the oil helps to minimize this wear and tear.
How Many Miles Can I Go Between Oil Changes with Synthetic Oil?
Many car manufacturers are starting to recommend synthetic oil rather than traditional oil. While it may be more expensive, there are a lot of benefits that come with it. One of those benefits is the ability to go almost 10,000 miles between oil changes. Not only that, but it performs much better than regular oil and is also better for the environment. Synthetic oil doesn’t break down like regular oil either. It can easily withstand the extreme temperature changes that come in the winter as well as well as the summer. This means that when you start your vehicle, it starts to flowing through the engine right away rather than waiting until the engine has heated up.
Keeping Track of Mileage Between Oil Changes
Most of the time, when you have your oil changed by professionals, they will give you a sticker on your windshield with the mileage your car was at when you had your oil changed, as well as the date in which you should be changing your oil next. There are also many cars that have started keeping track of the oil life in your car’s engine and alerting you as to when your vehicle is due for an oil change. No matter which way you keep track, keeping track of your oil is important. Following a regular oil change schedule is key in extending the life of your vehicle.