How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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Vehicle engine oil serves a very important role in the function of your vehicle, namely engine performance. Not only does the lubricative nature of motor oil keep engine parts churning along, they also contain detergents designed to reduce the presence of engine sludge and muck. All factors that ensure the life as well as peak performance of your vehicle. There’s no way around the importance of maintaining engine oil levels.

3000, 5000, 7500 or 10000 miles?

Due to environmental initiatives and a push for more efficient and equally powerful engines changes are being made in modern vehicles. Gone are the days of newer vehicles requiring oil changes every 3000 miles. According to a study done by Edmunds, most carmakers now recommend oil changes between 7,500 and 10,000 miles, although some specify 5,000-mile intervals. In some cases vehicles can safely reach 15,000 miles between oil changes.

What happens to the oil?

As engine oil reaches the end of its life cycle the viscosity in the substance is gradually lost. That viscosity or “thickness” helps the engine maintain peak performance. With the loosened structure of the oil, engine parts start to grind on one another and eventually wear down. As the problem worsens shards of metal can be found in the oil. Another tell tale sign is a darkening of the used oil. Along with that comes reduced engine power, decreased gas milage, inconsistent engine performance, and even performance.

What should you do?

Along with the engine oil itself, the oil filter, and even the oil pan gasket may also need to be checked. A leaking gasket can result in a gradual or extremely sudden lowering in oil levels. Do you have a local mechanic that you can trust? If not consult the auto mechanics over at Metro Auto Clinic for a free oil change on repairs over $200 today!

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A mobile mechanic checking an engine for other issues.