When to Change Oil
Getting the oil changed in your car is about more than just getting the oil changed in your car! As every auto repair shop knows, the average driver never pops the hood of their car, or even checks tires and brakes. A good mechanic, doing an oil change, will also give your car a once-over to make sure that the miles you are putting on your vehicle are not adding damage!
It might very well be that your oil is not causing imminent damage to your car at 3,000 miles. More than likely you started to notice that your car was due for an oil change at 3,000 miles, and have put on another thousand or so miles before you got around to bringing it in for an oil change. Those miles have also added a lot of bumps to your car, strain to your transmission, and wear on your brakes. It’s good to come in for regular checkups to make sure your trusy vehicle never leaves you stranded on the side of the road.
Many car manufacturers recommend that oil be changed every 7,500 miles under normal driving conditions. But in order to keep your machine in tip-top condition all around it is good to have more regular checkups.
Another possible scenario is a car that is not driven very often. A vehicle that does not put on a lot of miles should still be seen regularly by a mechanic. Obviously not as often as a car putting on thousands of miles a month, but definitely every 6-months to a year.
Today’s car engines run at hotter temperatures to meet quality emission standards. You may have also noticed that engines run a lot better and a lot longer than they used to! It is not unusual for an average engine to work smoothly for 200,000 miles or so.
Today’s oils are also of higher quality than the oils in the 50′s and 60’2… when the 3,000 oil change became the rule of thumb. Better oils and tighter engines give us more leeway in extending our oil change times. The 7,500 recommendation seems excessive in light of the damage that can be done to a vehicle through lack of maintenance. an oil change is a small price to pay to keep a vehicle (that costs as much as a house did in teh 60′s!) running smoothly.
Petrolium sludge buildup on an engine is a leading cause of engine death. Clogged oil and air filters reduce engine performance enough to more than pay for an oil change through just the gas money you will save.
So, while engine performance and oil quality is up, so are vehicle prices and the cost of gas! Call your trusty auto repair shop today and schedule an oil change!