How Often Should I Get My Oil Changed?
Just like paying taxes or getting your haircut, regular oil changes are on most American's calendars. You don't question it, you just do it because you're supposed to. But why exactly do we need to change engine oil, and how often should motor oil be changed?
If your vehicle was manufactured in the last ten years or so, chances are that if you open your manual you'll read that you don't need to change your oil every 3,000 miles. Automakers have moved past the 3,000 miles ideal and have since suggested that an oil change every between 5,000 – 7,500 miles is frequent enough. To be sure of the exact recommended auto maintenance schedule for your vehicle, check your owner's manual.
The idea of changing your oil every 3,000 miles dates back to the days when engine oil wasn't nearly as advanced or clean as it is today. However, the idea of more frequent oil changes continues to be propagated by companies that profit from it, such as oil manufacturers. Back in the day, less advanced oil would degrade in the crankcase and cause sludge buildup if too much time passed between oil changes. Modern engine oil doesn't break down as fast, and with perfect conditions synthetic oils are known to last upwards of 20,000 miles; although it's never recommended to go that far between oil changes. Driving habits and the condition of the vehicle come into play, so ask your local auto repair professionals for their opinion.
Unfortunately, millions of gallons of oil are polluting our environment because many still think that it's absolutely essential to change your oil every 3,000 miles. If you car leaks oil or uses oil quickly, continue your regular 3,000-mile oil changes and top-off whenever needed. For your best bet and most accurate recommendation, check your vehicle's manual. If it suggests an oil change of 5,000 miles or more than you can keep your wallet and the planet a little greener! If you need your fluids checked or if you're in need of a quality oil change in Spokane, contact Inland Sales & Service at 509-202-4025 or visit us online for great special offers.
Written By Brian Corey
Published By MORBiZ
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