HOW OFTEN IS ENOUGH?
“ Engine Oil: Your car’s Life Blood… No other maintenance item is so important for extending the vehicle’s life and reducing repair costs.” – AAA Auto Guide: Making Sense of Car Care
Oil changes remove contaminants like carbon and metal from your engine. If you leave these containments there, they can slowly damage your engine and result in expensive repairs.
This is why regular oil changes are important. But how often is often enough? Take this simple quiz.
DO ANY OF THESE DESCRIBE YOUR DRIVING STYLE OR CONDITIONS?
q Lots of stop-and-go driving
q Day or night temperatures drop below 32F
q Extensive engine idling
q Driving in dusty conditions
q Short trips of less than 10 miles
q 50% of driving is at high speeds during weather over 90F
q Towing a trailer or boat
q Taxi, police car, delivery or other commercial service
q Regular off-road or desert operation
q Operating with E-85 (ethanol) fuel
If you check any of these boxes, you should aim to change your oil every 3,000 miles.
If you didn’t check any boxes, or if your vehicle has a diesel engine, refer to your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual or ask your specialist.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHECK MY OIL?
It is important to check your oil between oil changes too. Your Owner’s Manual recommends that you check your oil each time you stop for gas. If your oil is below the ADD mark, always top it off.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I RUN OUT OF OIL?
If your engine runs out of oil, it will seize and you may need to replace the entire engine. It’s also worth knowing that any engine damage that results from lack of oil usually voids your warranty.
“New vehicles require less attention and most problems are covered by warranty, BUT if the problem has to do with low oil, and as a result engine damage occurs, you are not covered.” – www.familycar.com