Car engines need oil in order to function properly. The oil lubricates the engine so that there is no friction in the engine and parts can move in their designated patterns without overheating the engine. Over time, oil is used and needs to be replaced. So, when should you get an oil change in your vehicle? The answer may vary based on several factors, so here is a guide to help you determine when you should get an oil change:
- Mileage: The distance you have traveled in your car is one of the most common measures to track if you need an oil change. The farther you go, the more likely you will need an oil change. Some people recommend getting an oil change every 3,000 miles. Some advise 5,000, others 10,000. Confused? This is where the other factors come in.
- Climate: You may need an oil change at different times depending on weather patterns in the local climate. If you are in a hot area, a cold area, or an area that fluctuates between high and low temperatures, you may need an oil change more frequently.
- Load: If you are frequently pulling a trailer, you may need an oil change more frequently than a car that carries a lighter load.
- Manufacturer’s Recommendation: You should review the owner’s manual for your car to ensure that you adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendation. This will help you keep the car up-to-date with maintenance needs
Do you need an oil change? You can contact us at Kevin’s Car Repair & Body Shop LLC to secure an oil change appointment or determine when your vehicle needs new oil.