Check your owner’s manual to see how often you should change your oil, then check the sticker on the inside of your windshield to see if you are due. If you are due, or overdue, for your next oil change, it is time to bring your vehicle in to Next Auto Care.
We provide a full range of preventative maintenance services, including expert oil, lube and filter changes. Keep in mind that you may need to change your oil more frequently if the driving you do is considered severe. Severe driving runs the gamut, from excessive stop and go driving to driving at fast speeds.
How Often Should You Change Your Oil?
Under normal types of driving, you should change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. As stated above, severe driving conditions may require more frequent oil changes, so ask your mechanic for recommendations.
The type of oil you use is as important as regular oil changes, so ask your automotive technician for advice and guidance. Drivers in cold climates, where temperatures routinely drop below zero, may need to use 5-W30 oil instead of the 10-W30 recommended in their owner’s manuals.
The typical oil filter is made from a high-strength steel housing, and it contains various kinds of filtering media to trap dirt and other contaminants. The filter also includes a valve to prevent the oil from draining out of the filter while the engine is off. Modern oil filters have a convenient design, so they can be more easily installed.
The oil filter has an important job – to filter out contaminants and allow the oil to flow more freely. If the filter becomes clogged or restricted, oil flows around instead of through the filter, eliminating the value of the filtration. That is why it is so important to change your oil at the recommended intervals – or more frequently if needed.
If you want your vehicle to last longer, the number one thing you can do is change the oil regularly. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your next oil change.
- Check your owner’s manual for the recommended oil change interval. You should generally change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles
- Take your vehicle to the shop to complete the oil change. Next Auto Care is happy to provide the expert oil change services you need.
- If you fail to change your oil regularly, it will eventually turn to jelly – literal petroleum jelly. As sludge clogs up the oil passages and the engine is not properly lubricated, those moving parts begin to break down.
That is why it is so important to change your oil on a regular basis. If you are due for your next oil change, just give Next Auto Care a call. We will be happy to schedule your next oil change, and we serve all parts of the Highlands Ranch, CO area.