How To know It’s Time For An Oil Change?

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How Often Do You Really Need An Oil Change?

When Should I Change My Oil?

If you have been driving for a while, then you probably have heard the old adage that you should get your oil changed every 3,000 miles. However, this might not be the case anymore. There are many factors that determine when you should get your oil changed and when you really need to change your oil depends on different things.

Why Do I Need to Change My Oil?

Car engines contain many different moving parts in order to properly function. As these parts move, they create heat. That is where oil comes in. Oil moves between the moving parts, lubricating these pieces and absorbing excess heat. Nothing is immune to the sands of time and engine oil eventually starts to break down. As it breaks down it becomes less and less effective at lubricating the engine and absorbing heat. If the oil completely breaks down your engine can seize and you can effectively destroy your car. Changing your oil ensures that the oil can do its job and keep your car running smoothly.

Dispelling The 3,000 Mile Myth

No one is quite sure where the myth that you need to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles came from, but it is everywhere. Most quick lube shops will tell you that you need to change your car oil after 3,000 miles, but your owners manual may say differently. One reason for the 3,000 mile myth might be that before synthetic oils, their petroleum-based predecessors would break down faster, resulting in the need for oil changes more often. Another reason for the 3,000 mile myth may be due to the fact that engines have become more and more efficient and what was true a few decades ago no longer holds to be the case.

With synthetic oil on the scene, as long as you are using synthetic oil and not its older petroleum-based counterpart, different factors begin to influence when you should get your oil changed rather than just a set amount of 3,0000 miles. Some of these determining factors include,

  1. Engine Type: Some engines naturally consume and break down oil faster than others. You should consult your car’s manual as to how often the manufacturer recommends changing your oil, as this amount is determined due to testing of your specific type of car’s engine.
  2. Your Car’s Mileage: When your car is newer, it is common for it to consume more oil and you should wait until it has been serviced two or three times to get an accurate estimate of how often your oil needs to get changed.
  3. Fuel Quality: Poor quality fuel can contaminate your engine’s oil filter, reducing the pressure and putting more stress on your oil pump and can affect the viscosity of your oil. If you use lower quality fuel, you might have to change your oil more often.
  4. Driving Style: Shorter length drives that require stopping and going, like city driving, impacts your oil consumption. If you mostly use your car for city driving you might have to have your oil changed sooner. Keep these factors in mind when determining how often to change your oil.

If you want to learn more about how often you should change your oil or would like advice from seasoned professionals on how often to have your oil changed, visit our dealership for consultation with professionals.