The Phrase it’s time for an oil change is not something you probably ever want to deal with. An oil change is a necessary evil if you want to keep your car, truck or RV running for a long time. Think of an oil change as an insurance plan for your engine but unlike most insurance a routine oil change actually will extend the life of your engine.
How often should you change your oil?
Again doing a oil change can make all the difference in life of the engine. As a general rule at our facility we recommend every three months or 3,000 miles for standard organic motor oil. Some engines require synthetic motor oil; recommended interval is every 6 months or 6,000 miles.
Can I use systemic motor oil if the engine does not require it?
In most cases you can change to a synthetic oil and extend the useful time between oil changes. Ask your service advisor if it recommended for your vehicle. The advantage of going to a synthetic oil is longer time between servicing. And actually less cost to you. Yes, I said less cost. Up front the synthetic oil change is higher than a standard oil change but if you consider you can go twice as far on the oil is works out to be less in the long run. Two standard oil changes, with a life of 3,000 miles each costs more than one synthetic oil change that will last 6,000 miles. One more benefit to a synthetic oil change is you have to visit a repair shop less often so it saves you time also.
Why my vehicle manufacturer recommends changing the oil every 10,000 miles, why?
True, some manufactures recommend an oil change every 10,000 miles. I don’t recommend waiting that long between oil changes. When car lines changed from 6,000 miles to 10,000 miles between oil changes engine life when down dramatically also. Engines that where lasting 300,000 miles, are now lasting 100,000 or 150,000 miles and it is time for replacement. Then why would they recommend this longer time between oil changes. It’s simple, making a sale. Many of the manufactures that offer free oil changes for the first few years have the extended oil change schedule, which means less money out of there pocket to change your oil. It sounds great as a consumer, and it works out well in the long run for the car builder. They can sell you a new car sooner when your engine is due for replacement at 100,000 and well outside the warranty period.
The choice is up to you how long you wait between oil changes, remember it is cheap insurance for long engine life. The oil saying pay now or pay later is very true when it comes to car repair.
A little food for thought and how little an oil change cost you a standard oil change of about $30 will cost you $0.01 per mile and a synthetic oil change of around $50 will cost you $0.008 per mile. How much does that coffee in the morning cost you?
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Keep those wheels turning, until next time.
By Donald Henderson