Extra Considerations When It Comes to Oil Changes and Your Car

Getting your vehicle’s oil changed when it needs it can extend the life of the automobile. You hear this all the time, and the reason why is that it’s true. J&S Auto Repair advises that one of the best things you can do for your car, truck, crossover, or SUV is make sure to always have plenty of fresh oil in the engine. This lubricates the engine, draws heat away from it, and helps keep the engine clean. Let’s talk about some things you should consider when it comes to oil changes and your automobile.

Specific Recommendations

The first thing to take into account is the specific recommendations for your car, truck, or utility vehicle. Open up your owner’s manual and go to the oil section. Make note of the duration between oil changes. The average duration is every 3,000 miles. If this is what your vehicle manufacturer recommends for your model and year, you should stick to the schedule faithfully.

It’s also important to take into account the type of motor oil recommended for your vehicle. This includes the recommended weight. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends synthetic motor oil, you should use this oil type. One advantage to synthetic motor oil is the time between oil changes is extended. Always consider what your vehicle manufacturer recommends first.

Your Commute Every Day

Next, take into account your commute. The type of driving that you do every day can affect how often you should have your oil changed. For example, driving in short spurts or driving in stop-and-go traffic can make it necessary to have your oil changed more frequently. Long commutes at higher speeds can help extend the life of your motor oil.

How You Drive Your Automobile

Another consideration is how you drive your automobile. If you are a fast driver who loves to put the pedal to the metal and get the most performance out of your engine, you need to have your oil changed more often to ensure that it is always protecting the engine the best it can.

If you are a slower driver that takes it easy on your automobile, you can stick to the schedule recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Taking it easy on your automobile helps to extend the life of the motor oil.

Your Vehicle’s Age

Finally, your automobile’s age can also affect when you need to have the oil changed. Older engines need to have fresh oil in them at all times to protect the aging parts. This might create a need to have your oil changed more frequently than every 3,000 miles.

Stop by J&S Auto Repair in Warwick, RI, today if you need to get your oil changed. We can also help you determine the best oil change schedule.

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