If you own a vehicle, you know how important it is to change the car's oil. It only takes a few minutes, but it also makes a huge difference in keeping your car running.
How Often Do You Need To Get An Oil Change?
Most oil and lube shops, as well as dealerships, will advise you to change the oil every 3,000 miles. You probably have one of those stickers in the driver's side of your windshield telling you when it's time to go in for an oil change. Most likely it's 3,000 miles from your last visit to a repair shop.
However, the 3,000-mile rule no longer applies to many vehicles. It's best to check your owner's manual to see the recommendations for oil and filter changes. It usually ranges from every 3,000 to as many as 10,000 miles. A good rule of thumb is change your oil and filter about every 5,000 miles.
There are other factors that may require to change the oil more often, including:
- A very hot or cold climate where you live
- Your driving habits (frequent braking and hitting the gas)
- Rocky, dusty, or muddy roads
- Towing a trailer or carrying a heavy load
- Driving in stop-and-go traffic
- An older engine that burns oil at a higher rate
Why Do I Have To Change The Oil?
If you don't change the oil, it begins to break down and less effectively lubricate your engine. Engine parts can wear out and fail. So if you wait too long, you may end up needing repairs that you could have avoided with inexpensive oil changes.
Check Your Oil Level Every Few Hundred Miles
Wait about half an hour after driving your car. Make sure you're parked on a level surface, and insert the dipstick into the oil well. Check the oil level after cleaning the dipstick.
Here's a handy tip: Remember to keep your owner's manual and auto insurance card in your glove box for easy access when you need to check something.
Should You Change The Oil Yourself Or Take It To A Shop?
With the right tools, time and knowledge, you can save some money by doing the job yourself. Remember to take the old oil to an approved waste collection site.
However, if you don't have experience, it is usually best to let a professional change your oil. This may help you avoid making a mistake that damages your engine.
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