How Often Do You Need to Change Your Oil?
The engine in your car depends on oil. The oil keeps the pistons moving smoothly. Without oil, the friction and the heat generated by that friction would cause your engine to self-destroy. But you can’t just put some oil in your car and then ignore it for the rest of time. You have to make sure that you get the oil changed in your car regularly. There are a couple of reasons for that. One is that in even in the best of cars, you will lose some oil. Another is that the oil gets dirty when it gets used. Sediment and tiny bits of metal will collect in the oil and make it work much less efficiently. The question is, how often should you get the oil changed in your car?
Your parents changed the oil in their cars every 3,000 miles. The reason for this is that the oil that was available tended to wear out faster than modern oils do. The engines were also not made with the same tolerances that modern cars engines are, so it was common to lose a lot of oil over normal usage. You may continue to change your oil every 3,000 miles, just because that’s what your parents always did. However, you are really just wasting oil and money. Under normal usage, you can go much further in between oil changes.
The new standard for oil changes is that you don’t have to do it more often than every 7,500 miles. The best reason for this is that the oil technology has changed. New synthetic oils last much longer. They can stand up to the higher temperatures and more usage than older oils without breaking down. New engines are also manufactured to be tighter and lose less oil, and be more efficient while they are running.
Some cars are even designed to go more than 10,000 miles or more before they need to have an oil change.
These guidelines are all under normal usage and normal conditions. If your car gets a heavy amount of usage or you have to drive in severe conditions, you may have to change your oil more often.
The best way to figure out how often you need to change the oil is to look at your owner’s manual. It should give you a guideline as to how often you need to take your car in for different kinds of servicing. For more information, talk to an oil professional like Gran-Del Petroleum Products.