Over time, impurities in the oil begin to build up, and if you fail to change the oil, it will eventually turn to sludge. If left go long enough, the oil in your crankcase will literally turn to petroleum jelly, and when that happens, your vehicle is definitely at risk.
How Often Should I Change My Oil?
Many Lafayette area drivers ask how often they should change their oil, and that depends on the vehicle they drive and the recommendations of the manufacturer. For the most part, you should change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles but check your owner’s manual for the exact recommendations.
If you do a lot of hard driving, including pulling a trailer, driving in the mountains and driving in stop-and-go traffic, you may need to change your oil more frequently. Your vehicle may also require more frequent oil changes in very hot, or very cold, conditions.
What Kind of Oil Do I Need?
The type of oil you use is a critical part of your car care, and once again your owner’s manual is a valuable source of information. The owner’s manual should indicate the recommended oil weight, and you can use that as a guideline.
You may need to switch to a lighter weight oil for summer driving, so check with Macon Diesel – Auto & Truck Repair for further information. We can keep you on schedule and help you choose the right oil for your vehicle and the type of driving you do.
A Key Part of Your Preventative Maintenance
Oil changes may seem routine, but changing the oil and filter is actually a key part of preventative maintenance for your vehicle. Even the highest quality oil will not last forever, and over time that oil will lose its lubricating properties.
When that happens, the oil will no longer be able to protect your engine and the delicate components inside. If you neglect this key part of your car care regimen, you could experience a costly breakdown, resulting in not only inconvenience but high repair costs as well. So, do yourself, and your vehicle, a favor and schedule your next oil change today.