How often should I change my oil?
Many people want to know How Often You Should Change Your Oil. The standard saying that we’ve always heard is, “Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles or Every 3 Months.”
But the question is, is that still true? The answer may surprise you: YES!
A quick Google Search asking, “How Often Should I Change My Oil?” will get you a large variety of answers with conflicting information. Many articles will tell you that the best thing to do is to Consult Your Owner’s Manual. Some articles will tell you that the Auto Repair Industry is lying to you, trying to make more money off you, by telling you to change your oil too often.
But let’s stop and consider something for a moment: if you wait 10,000 or 15,000 miles (or even more!) to get an oil change, and your car breaks down faster because of it, who is benefiting from this the most? The Car Sales Industry would surely benefit, by getting to sell you new cars more often. Hey, even the Auto Repair Industry would benefit from your car breaking down! We would make a lot more money on the repairs that you need to have done, by not changing your oil as often.
Here’s the truth: We aren’t making our money from Oil Changes. We want to Protect Your Vehicle so that it can have the Best Performance Possible.
Why is an Oil Change Important?
Oil is one of the Most Important Components of Your Vehicle.
Your vehicle’s engine is made up of many moving parts; and those moving parts need to be lubricated with oil in order to avoid damage. It’s normal for even newer cars to burn oil; and over time, oil breaks down and becomes contaminated with dirt, dust and debris from both the engine and the environment.
Without Clean Oil, Your Engine Can’t Perform Properly.
The oil in your vehicle is used to maintain lubrication for your engine’s moving parts; and, to cool down those moving parts, by preventing too much friction that can cause your engine to overheat. By maintaining frequent oil changes, you ensure that your oil is clean and that it does not turn into oil sludge. This not only means improved gas mileage (who doesn’t want that?) but it also improves your vehicle’s longevity!
Vehicle Check-Ups Are Important.
Another thing to consider is how vital it is to have a vehicle check-up, to make sure that all of your vehicle’s moving parts are in working order. It’s a lot like making sure you have a check-up with your doctor, regularly. Most of us would like to avoid the hassle of going in to see our doctor often. If you skip that routine check-up (or wait longer to go in than you should) you may be fine; but what if there was something important that you needed to find out sooner? By going in for your routine check-ups you will hopefully avoid bigger problems, by finding them sooner.
Graham Auto Repair Does a Courtesy Vehicle Check-Up Every Time.
When you come into Graham Auto Repair for an Oil Change Service, we do a courtesy check-up of your vehicle, every time. We check to make sure that your vehicle is in tip top shape; this way we hope to catch any problems that may arise BEFORE they become a bigger problem.
We want you to drive away from your Oil Change with the confidence that you have put your vehicle in good hands. We want you to be confident that your car isn’t going to break down in the next few months, before you come in for your next Oil Change.
So What Do We Recommend?
We recommend: Change Your Oil Every 3 months, Every 3,000 miles.
Does this mean that you need to get your car in here for an Oil Change Service promptly at 3,000 miles? Well, yes and no. We hope that all of our customers will get their vehicles in for an Oil Change Service between 3,000 and 4,000 miles. But, let’s be honest: most of us forget to schedule an appointment for an Oil Change until the last minute. Even then we put it off longer than we should. Getting your vehicle in for an Oil Change sooner than later is always a good rule of thumb.
We also recommend: Check Your Vehicle’s Oil in Between Oil Changes.
We suggest that the best thing to do is to check your vehicle’s oil at least one time per month. If you are driving more often and driving further distances, you may even want to check your oil once per week.
Like we said before, oil is one of the most important components of your vehicle. Also, it is normal for even newer vehicles to burn oil. If you notice that your oil is low, it is okay to add a quart of oil in between oil changes. Make sure that you check your oil on level ground to get the most accurate measurement.
Don't Hesitate to Call Us For Help!
If you aren’t sure about how to check your oil, what to look for, or what type of oil to add, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions that you may have. We want to make sure that your vehicle is in the best working condition as possible. We want to make sure that you and your passengers are safe. We want to help make sure that your vehicle will last you for many years to come.
So What Are You Waiting for?
Call Graham Auto Repair 253-375-8343 to Schedule an Oil Change Today.
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