Staying on top of regular maintenance is vital to extending the life of your vehicle and getting the most out of your investment. And one of the simplest yet significant tasks involves keeping your engine cool and lubricated with clean oil.
How Often Should I Change the Oil?
Some experts recommend having the oil changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles while others maintain high-quality synthetic oil can last for 6,000 miles before it needs replacing. For questions about your vehicle, the best source is the owner’s manual, since it details what works best for your model.
Having said that, you should also include your environment and driving habits into the equation, since these variables can affect the life cycle of your engine. For example, stop-and-go traffic and suburban driving take a greater toll on vehicles, requiring more frequent oil changes. Extreme temperatures (especially heat) also make oil degrade faster since the engine already exists in a friction-heavy, high heat bubble.
In short, with time and use, your car’s lubrication breaks down; oil actually turns to jelly as contaminates and debris build up on the oil filter. Thick, dirty oil struggles to coat all areas of the engine, causing its parts to wear out early. The best way to keep your engine in peak shape is to be more liberal with oil changes. Refer to your owner’s manual for a maintenance schedule designed specifically for your vehicle.
What Can I Expect from an Oil Change?
One of our skilled technicians will perform the following tasks during a routine oil change:
- Level/Quality Check – First, the technician will perform a visual check of the oil’s condition and levels, since this shows how well the car has been cared for and its current state of health.
- Oil Drain – The oil will get drained from the car, allowing room for fresh lubricant.
- Filter Check – Since the oil filter is an integral part of this system, the technician will remove it and examine for excess buildup. If necessary, a new one will be provided.
- Oil Replacement – To complete the process, the technician will put new oil into the engine. If you’re unsure which type of oil works best, consult your owner’s manual. Our expert team would be happy to discuss the issue with you, as well.
For all your vehicle’s maintenance and repair services, call Gaston’s Garage in Apex, NC at 919-387-7270 today.