Introduction

In comparison to other tasks you will need done for your vehicle, getting a routine oil change is relatively inexpensive. It is not a good idea to put off getting your vehicle's oil changed; if you do not keep up with oil changes, then you could be paying for many repairs down the road, and possibly for a brand new engine due to an engine failure. Two different types of oil are obtainable: synthetic oil--which is expensive but will last longer--and regular oil. 

Why Get Oil Changes?

Vehicles require oil changes because once time has elapsed, oil will begin to clump together and not flow as smoothly as it used to.  If you do not get an oil change, clogs may occur and dirt might build up. Pistons and valves in the engine will fail and make for a disastrous concoction. The engine can also become cracked and leaky from failure to get oil changes. When you get an oil change, old oil is drained out of the engine and replaced with new oil. Clean oil prevents engine parts from sticking together. Your oil filter is also replaced at an oil change, because it now has sludge and dirt inside it from when the oil has moved through it. 

How Frequently Should I Get Oil Changes?

Ultimately, how often you will need an oil change depends on how frequently you drive your vehicle. Each time you operate the vehicle, you put stress on the oil's lubricant that keeps the engine's parts separated. It is recommended that vehicle owners get an oil change either every 3,000 miles or every three months. With synthetic oil, an owner can drive up to 9,300 miles or wait one year in between changes. What is interesting is that in older vehicles owners used to need to get oil changes every 500 miles to create a vehicle that ran well, which means that vehicles have gone through some technological advancements throughout time.

Conclusion

It is recommended that one ultimately gets oil changes ahead of when they drive their vehicle the most eg. in the spring for summer travel. To be positive of what you should do with your vehicle in regards to oil changes--what type of oil you should receive and how often the changes should occur--it is smart to consult the owner's manual for your vehicle. The dealership can also counsel you on oil changes.

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