Getting an oil change is something that you must do to keep your car healthy and working well. It is wise to get this form of maintenance every 3,500 miles if you use regular oil and approximately every 5,000 miles for those who use synthetic oil.
Checking and changing the oil in your motor vehicle is a requirement for the modern engine because it enables it to continue to work as efficiently as possible. For an oil change, you can learn to do it yourself or you can take it into a shop and have a qualified mechanic do it for you.
If you decide to drain the old oil yourself and replace it with new oil, check the oil level with your car parked on a flat surface. Only do this when the engine is cool as you do not want to burn yourself.
To perform a routine oil check, open the hood of your automobile, take out the dipstick and clean it with a towel. Once you do that, put it back into the oil tank. Repeat this action and check to see if the level on the dipstick is at an acceptable and safe level. If you decide to top off your oil yourself, it is important that you do not over fill the tank. Over filling can have damaging results for the engine of your motor vehicle.
Most of the manufacturers of automobiles recommend that an oil change be performed once in a calendar year or every 7,500 miles for the gas engines of light trucks. For diesel tanks and turbocharged gas tanks, the recommendation is roughly every six months.
Vehicles that are driven in what is considered to be “ideal circumstances” would only need to have the oil in the engine changed once on an annual basis (which is to say, for every 7,500 miles). What most motorists consider to be normal and regular driving however, can actually be considered more severe. This kind of driving involves stop-and-go city traffic driving, frequent short trips (such as driving less than 10 to 15 miles), sustained highway driving and driving in dusty conditions, such as on gravel roads. For this kind of driving pattern, it is strongly recommended that the oil be removed and replaced from the tank once in a six month period of time.
The majority of oil businesses recommend to drivers that they do oil maintenance roughly once in a three to six month time period, for any type of driving that you may be doing. This will offer your engine the maximum protection that it needs to work successfully and helps to lengthen its longevity.
Doing routine oil changes for your vehicle offers preventative maintenance that can be thought of as a cost savvy insurance plan against the wear and tear on the engine. If you plan to keep your vehicle for longer than three to five years, doing this will save you money in the long-term.