Performing regular maintenance on your vehicle is one of the easiest ways to keep your vehicle in peak condition, maintain its long-term health, and help you get the most out of your investment. One of the most important parts of regular maintenance is regular oil changes.
Why are regular oil changes important?
Oil is one of the most important, but underappreciated components of your vehicle’s overall health. Your vehicle’s engine has hundreds of constantly moving parts, many of which are rubbing against one another causing extreme heat. As the oil travels through your engine, it cools and lubricates these parts, helping your engine run at maximum efficiency.
Because of the constant temperature fluctuation your engine faces on a daily basis, your oil should be changed regularly or dust and debris can make their way into your engine and contaminate your oil, making it less effective.
How often should I have my oil changed?
Most manufacturers recommend that you change your oil every 5,000 miles; but many newer model vehicles come with advanced synthetic oil that can last up to 10,000 miles between changes. Check your owner’s manual to find out more about your recommended maintenance schedule.
New England’s wide range of temperatures throughout the year also put added strain on both your engine and your oil. Even in warm weather, during a short commute your engine may not warm up all the way, which can affect the life of your oil in the long term.
Need to know if your oil needs changing? Get a lesson on checking your engine fluids from the H-Team: