Is it time to get your oil changed? One of the best things you can do to prolong the health of your car is to maintain its oil change schedule. Unfortunately, wear and tear is a fact of life for your vehicles engine. Preventing wear and tear is not really possible so long as you drive it, but you can limit its effects.
Maintain Your Oil Change Schedule
So, just how often should you have your oil changed, anyway?
Most people believe you should change your oil every 3,000 miles. With today’s modern vehicles and the advancements in both oil and synthetic oil technology, this is no longer true. Much of what will determine your oil change schedule will be determined by your vehicles owner manual. For example, some vehicles use a special “break in” oil that is meant to be used a specific length of time or miles driven. This is due to the initial wear and tear of a new engine as it is first being used. After that, the length of time between oil changes may lengthen.
The next determining factor will be your driving habits. Aside from being a race car driver, one of the worst things for your engine is the frequent short trips around town, or trips less than 10 miles. As far as your oil is concerned, this is because it never quite gets hot enough to boil off the accumulated water. This means your oil is no longer at its best and is not properly lubricating your engines various parts, causing more wear and tear. If this matches your driving habits, you may consider having your oil changed more frequently than the owners manual suggests.
Should I change my oil before a road trip?
Generally speaking, if your scheduled oil change will not fall during your trip, you should be ok to wait. However, if it does happen during that time, it’s best to do it at least one week before you leave. Getting your oil changed while on the road means you risk a quick stop oil franchise employee improperly replacing your oil plug. Unfortunately, you may be a couple hours down the road and away from help once you realize your car has lost it’s life blood. So if you are planning a trip and are worried about the risks, stop by Bob’s Auto Repair and we will make sure your vehicle is road ready.
What about additives during my oil change?
Most modern, reputable brands come with detergents pre mixed to specific standards. Adding more can change the oils properties, rendering the benefits useless. These detergents are meant to hold the particulates caused by wear and tear suspended in the oil, rather than collecting as a sludge in the engines components. This is why even new oil can appear dark, shortly after an oil change. So, if you are making sure to use reputable name brands, the oil additives generally are not needed.
Should I use synthetics for my oil change?
When synthetics first came out, the idea was they would hold up longer and provide better lubrication for your engine. Due to the longer life, they were seen as more environmentally friendly. Some however, found that the early synthetics were acidic and caused more wear and tear. Today’s modern oil formulations have solved most of this and made this largely a thing of personal choice.
If you have an older car, adding synthetics may make it appear as though new damage has occurred. This is due to the synthetics “washing” the build up sludge out of the seals, which exposes the previous damage that was plugged up. If driving an older car and deciding to make the switch, it may be a good idea to have those seals replaced at the same time you bring your car in for an oil change.
Bob’s is Environmentally Friendly
Did you know it only takes one gallon of oil to contaminate up to 1,000,000 gallons of water? On top of that, up to 40% of our country’s water resources are contaminated due to oil runoff in our streams and rivers. This is why we recycle oil at Bob’s Auto Repair. We also use biodegradable cleaning agents in our shop.
Ready to set up and appointment to have your oil changed? Give us a call or drop on in.
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