How often should I get an oil change?
January 20th, 2017
At JBC Tire Complete Auto Care, we’ve seen a lot change in automotive technology over the decades.
One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the importance of regular oil changes. Any machine needs oil or grease to lubricate moving parts and cut friction, and it’s especially important for an automotive engine. The engine’s internal parts all are precisely machined and work at extremely close tolerances with each other; without a coating of oil to protect against wear, the engine would soon overheat to a point where its parts would actually weld to each other and seize.
The type of engine oil, the age and make of your vehicle along with your driving habits determine how often you need to change your oil. Most cars using conventional oil used to be recommended to change every 3,000 miles, but today’s formulations allow a 5,000 mile oil change with no excessive wear in in some situations.
Many manufacturers now recommend synthetic oil for new vehicles, and for good reason; synthetic oil outperforms conventional oil in all aspects of engine protection. While it’s more expensive that conventional oil, that extra cost is balanced out by the fact that it can go longer between oil changes (always check your owner’s manual for manufacturer’s recommendations).
How long has it been since your last oil change? Is your oil honey-colored, darker or the color of black coffee with an acrid smell to it? Make an appointment with us at JBC Tire Complete Auto Care for your next oil change!
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