How often should I change my oil?
Your dad knew that frequent oil changes were key to keeping his Buick on the road another year. Today, owner’s manuals recommend increasing long intervals between oil changes. The fact remains — frequent changes flush abrasive dirt and metal particles out of the engine, prolonging its life. Most owners’ manuals recommend a more frequent interval for “severe drivers” and longer intervals for the ‘normal driver’. To maximize the life of your engine, follow the severe intervals recommendations, especially if you drive regularly in stop-and-go traffic.
So, are you a ‘severe driver’, or a ‘normal driver’?
- Drive on short trips of less than five miles in normal temperatures or less than 10 miles in freezing temperatures?
- Drive in hot weather stop-and-go traffic?
- Drive at low speeds of less than 50 miles per hour for long distances?
- Drive on roads that are dusty, muddy, sand or gravel spread on the surface?
- Tow a trailer or transport items on a roof rack or in a car-top carrier?
The list above is considered a ‘severe driver’ conditions. Very few motorist fit into the ideal or 'normal driver' driving condition category. What are you?
When you know the type of driver category you fall into, go to your owners’ manual and follow their recommendations. If you are uncertain, please feel free to call Mike or Travis, and they will help guide you in the right direction.
Regular scheduled maintenance is critical to the life of your car. Although the unexpected can happen, as long as you maintain your vehicle, you should be able to keep it running for many years to come.