When should I change the oil in my car?
If you want to keep your vehicle running smoothly, you’ll want to keep up with all the maintenance services it needs. Your vehicle will need many maintenance services over its lifetime, but one of the most frequent ones is an oil change. Don’t worry, this isn’t an expensive or time-consuming service for the most part. Find out when you should change the oil in your car below!
Nowadays, oil changes can be performed less frequently than older cars. This is due to the advancement in powertrain technology and our overall knowledge on how engines work. If you drive an older vehicle from the 1990s, you’re probably still looking at oil changes every 3,000 miles to be safe. For newer vehicles, oil changes can be performed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, depending on the type of miles you’re putting on and weather conditions. For example, putting on a majority of miles in extreme hot or cold climates or putting on mostly city miles will require more frequent oil changes as these driving conditions are tougher on your engine. In contrast, putting on mostly highway miles in mild weather conditions will typically allow for less frequent oil changes.
If you’re looking to stretch the lifespan of your oil even further, consider opting for synthetic oil the next time you’re in for an oil change. While synthetic oil is more expensive than conventional motor oil, it lasts longer (usually around 10,000 miles or even more) and is cleaner and higher quality. Many automotive experts agree switching to synthetic oil will save you money in the long run.
If you’re still unsure how often to have the oil changed in your vehicle, check out the owner’s manual or get in touch with us here at Westgate Auto and we’ll help you out. Don’t put it off or you could end up with some costly damages!