One of the most fundamental good car care practices is committing to regular oil changes. Over time, the oil that circulates through your engine can lose some of its lubricating qualities and become riddled with debris, both of which put the performance and integrity of the engine at risk. Changing your oil helps eliminate this. Unfortunately, a number of drivers are going about oil changes the wrong way thanks to a handful of myths. Make sure you know what myths to look out for and avoid.
The 3,000 Mile Rule Is Gold
For many years, drivers were told that it was necessary to change their oil once every 3,000 miles. Modern advancements in the car and oil manufacturing process have made this rule more of a preference than a hard-fast fact. How often you change your oil should first be based on your vehicle's suggestions. For vehicle's constructed in 2010 or later, you typically don't need to concern yourself with this service until 7,800 miles of driving.
No Flexibility With Oil Types
Don't fall for the idea that you can't switch back-and-forth between different oil types. For example, some people believe that once they use a synthetic oil in their car, they can't use a petroleum-based option in the future. The type of oil used is less important than its viscosity and service qualities. As long as the oil meets the standards in these areas, what type of oil it is isn't as important so feel free to switch it up without fear of damage.
Begin A Road Trip With An Oil Change
Before a long road trip, some drivers consider it due diligence to get an oil change. Make sure your car is road ready, but this doesn't have to include an oil change. How close you are to needing an oil change is the best way to determine if you need to have this service before the trip. Take a 1500-mile round-trip, for example. If you have 3,500 estimated miles before your next oil change, there is no need to get this service ahead of time.
Being knowledgeable enough to avoid oil change myths can help you keep more money in your pocket and avoid unnecessary services, while still also ensuring your vehicle remains in great condition, which is most important. A service technician (such as one from Bill Smith's Auto) can assist you with setting an appropriate schedule and oil selection for your particular vehicle.