Oil Changes Are Not as Cut and Dry as They Might Seem

Did you know that there are many things that factor into when you should have your automobile’s oil changed? It isn’t just every 3,000 miles or six months. There are extenuating circumstances that will either reduce or increase the duration between oil changes. CAR FIX in Maryville is going to explain the circumstances below. We can help you determine the best oil change duration for your automobile.

Oil Type

One of the first things to take into account is the oil type that is recommended for your car, truck, or utility vehicle. For example, if you drive a high-performance automobile, such as a BMW, the manufacturer will likely recommend that you use synthetic motor oil only. This oil type can extend your oil changes to as long as 10,000 miles. The best way to determine the best oil type for your automobile is to look inside your owner’s manual for your vehicle manufacturer’s preference. This information will also indicate the proper oil weight for your automobile’s engine.

Daily Commute

Another consideration is your daily commute. If you spend the mornings and afternoons in stop-and-go traffic, you need an oil that is going to protect your automobile’s engine, and this oil needs to be changed more often. Stop-and-go driving is extremely hard on engines. It’s much better to drive on an open highway at a higher speed to ensure the oil is circulating through the engine completely. If this is your daily commute, you may be able to go longer between oil changes. It depends on the oil type you use and how long it stays clean and viscous.

How You Drive

Another consideration is how you drive your automobile. If you are the type of person who warms up the engine before you put it into gear and drives considerately, the motor oil will last longer between oil changes. If you put the pedal to the metal, slam on the brakes, and otherwise drive aggressively, your motor oil will not last as long between oil changes. As an aside, aggressive drivers need to protect their engines better, so synthetic motor oil might be the optimal choice.

Vehicle’s Age

Finally, your vehicle’s age can also determine how often you need to have the oil changed. For example, classic automobiles that have decades under their belts need to have their oil changed as frequently as every 2,000 miles.

Again, CAR FIX in Maryville, TN, can help you determine the best oil change duration for your automobile. Give us a call today.

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