Getting regular oil changes is one of the best things you can do to keep your car running smoothly and reliably. Here’s an FAQ on what goes into oil changes and why they’re so crucial for your vehicle’s health.
How Often Should I Have My Oil Changed?
The industry standard for oil changes is 3,000-5,000 miles or three to five months. Specific recommendations for your vehicle will be listed in the owner’s manual, alongside other recommendations like oil type. You can often get away with going longer between oil changes if you have a newer car, use high-quality oil, or don’t drive often.
Why Is It Important To Change My Vehicle's OIl?
Engine oil is a lubricant. If there was no oil in your vehicle’s engine, the different parts would cause too much friction, overheating the engine and causing permanent damage. Likewise, if you leave old oil in your engine too long, the oil becomes sticky and dirty, which can interfere with the way the different parts in your engine move. Changing oil routinely according to the recommended intervals keeps everything moving smoothly.
What Type of Oil Should I Use?
In order to know which types of oil are recommended for your vehicle, you simply have to check the owner’s manual. The different types of oil used by service technicians often fall into one of these categories: full synthetic, synthetic blend, conventional, or high mileage. Mechanics will use which oil is best for your vehicle according to its particular needs, make, and model.
Can I Change My Oil By Myself?
It is not recommended that you change your own oil unless you know what you’re doing. Trained service technicians, such as those at Newton Nissan South’s dealership’s service department, will know which type of oil is best for your vehicle and have easy access to the right tools for the job.