How often do you check the oil level in your car? Many people know less and less about their cars even though they rely on them more and more and they cost a lot of money. Instead of figuring out how something works or being able to check it on their own, it is easier to just drive somewhere and have someone else worry over it. That is why the stickers were created to put a place on the line where it says at exactly what mile marker they should be taken in for an oil change. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in for an oil change, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the correct schedule so your vehicle still operates efficiently.
How Often to Have the Oil Changes
Most instructions you see say to change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles. However, it also says three months. The truth is that oil changes should be based on numbers, but also the conditions where you are driving. Do your miles usually occur on the freeway, with little stop and go action the whole time? Do your miles include a lot of stopping and braking, going short spaces during a commute? Longer drives on the highway with little stops are easier on an engine and can allow the car to go slightly longer than the 3,000 miles it says to. As long as the dipstick in the oil tank says the engine is at a good level, you could probably wait until 4,000 miles for a change. When you drive in city traffic where you sit, move a little, sit some more and wait, you oil is still moving through the engine, even as you idle. Every time the oil moves through the engine, it picks up dirt and other contaminants that make it black. So when you do a lot of city driving and wait, your oil might need to be changed sooner than the 3,000 miles. You might want to consider after 2,000 miles or when it shows to be black on the dipstick. Since you have heavy stop and go action, you will also want to check and make sure the oil levels remain full to keep the engine pumping along well.
The Type of Oil to Use in Your Vehicle
The type of oil put in your engine might also determine how long it lasts between changes. Some synthetic brands are now coming out that are safe for engines to go close to 5,000 miles between changes. The oil is more expensive up front, but then the product information says the price difference is made up for because the car can go longer between changes. The oil is thicker and able to work well in the pistons even if it gets dirty sooner. If you are unsure when the oil should be changed, or what type of oil should be used, make sure to contact us so we can advise you on the correct one.