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How Often Do You Change the Oil/Oil Filter in Your Vehicle?

How Often Do You Change the Oil/Oil Filter in Your Vehicle?

Posted On 30 Mar, 2018

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This is a message that is given to every driver - change the oil in your vehicle every 3,000 miles. Many mechanics believe that if you don’t do so, you could be causing damage to your car’s engine. Yet there are studies that state otherwise. So, who is right?

Driving in hot climatic conditions?
Then yes, you may need more frequent oil changes. To settle most arguments, you need to refer to your owner’s manual and see for yourself what suits better for your vehicles. Most owner manuals for new vehicles consider it to be okay to go beyond the 5,000 mile mark without an oil change. Although, it’s advisable if you get yourself an oil change just after 3,000 miles if you have been driving under extreme conditions.

What are these extreme conditions?
1. Driving on shorter trips of fewer than 5 miles in normal temperatures or fewer than 10 miles in freezing conditions;
2. Driving in hot climatic conditions and in stop-and-go traffic;
3. Driving at low speeds of fewer than 50 miles per hour for longer distances;
4. Driving on dusty, muddy roads;
5. Towing a trailer or transporting items on a roof jack

Check your car’s oil levels!
Between one oil changes to another, it’s important that you check your car’s oil level. To do so, simply lift the engine hood and using a dipstick, check the oil level of your engine.

Changing the filter with the oil!
During a check, you may find out that the oil has become quite dark but this might not necessarily mean a need for an oil change. When the oil is circulated within the engine, it is mixed with particles from the wear of the metal parts that are in constant friction with one another. The oil takes its dark appearance from the presence of these particles in it. The purpose of an oil change is to change a saturated oil with the one which has fine particles. This also goes on to explain why it is a good idea to go for a filter change as well when going for an oil change since the filter accumulates all the dirt carried by the oil. This leads us to our final advise - change the filter along with the oil.

If you are looking at buying a used car from a car sales professional or an individual, it is best to look at the colour of its engine oil. If it’s just been drained, it must be light in colour. Ultimately, this is all upon your discretion - get an oil and a filter change as and when you think is the right time for your car’s engine.

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