Oil changes are a fundamental part of auto maintenance. More and more vehicles can go longer between oil changes these days, but that still doesn't mean you should procrastinate. Changing the oil is critical to a healthy engine and a long-lasting car.

Is 3,000 Miles The Norm?

Changing the oil every 3,000 miles used to be the recommended baseline for every car, but that's not necessarily the case anymore. A lot of modern vehicles can go 5,000 miles without needing an oil change. This is due to advancing progress in engine technology and vehicle design. Oils are also becoming higher quality and are often synthetic or a synthetic blend, which last longer before the viscosity breaks down. Check your car's warranty first for constraints involving oil change timelines before deciding how long to wait.

Why Is Oil So Important?

When we say the viscosity of oil breaks down, what we mean is that oil will gradually become less of a lubricant, instead becoming dirty and gumming up the functions of the engine. This will cause the motor to operate sluggishly and, if left too long, could permanently damage it. 

Driving Habits That Affect Oil Quality

Did you know that your vehicle's oil is affected by everyday driving habits, including your commute? Studies show that oil actually lasts longer at high speeds on the highway, as opposed to shorter commutes at lower speeds in the city.

Don't Neglect Inspections

Another reason why you should change the oil regularly is that it gives professionals a chance to look at other mechanical parts of your vehicle for a routine checkup. Even if the oil could have lasted a little longer, it's a good idea to routinely take your vehicle in for an inspection.

 

If your vehicle needs an inspection or an oil change, bring it to our service center at Sharon Chevrolet.