We here at DOC Auto cannot stress enough how important it is to get a lube, oil, and filter change when your vehicle needs it. This service can literally extend the life you get out of your vehicle’s engine. If you fail to change the oil, you will not only prematurely damage the engine but you could actually kill it. There is a reason why mechanics say motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Let’s talk about the things that affect how often you should have your vehicle’s oil changed.
First, take a look at what your vehicle manufacturer recommends in your owner’s manual. This is the best starting point for determining how often you should have your oil changed. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you have your oil changed every 3,000 miles. This can change, however, if your manufacturer also recommends that you use synthetic motor oil in your automobile.
You probably already know this, but synthetic motor oil can extend the time between oil changes. If you use synthetic or a synthetic blend, you may not need to have your oil changed until you have driven 5,000 miles to 10,000 miles. It depends on what your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends as well as the oil manufacturer’s recommendation.
It’s also important to take into account your daily commute. For example, if you only drive short distances throughout the day, you need to have your oil changed more often. Short-distance driving is hard on your vehicle’s engine. Another thing that is hard on the engine is being stuck in traffic throughout the day. These things can make it necessary to have your oil changed before the manufacturer’s recommendation.
Driving habits are another thing to take into consideration. If you’re a calm driver who doesn’t drive your vehicle hard, your motor oil has time to warm up and protect the engine accordingly. If you drive like a maniac and put the pedal to the metal right away, your motor oil does not have time to warm up and you could be damaging your engine. The latter also causes a need for more frequent oil changes.
Finally, your vehicle’s age can also affect how often you need to get a lube, oil, and filter service. Vehicles that are quite old, such as classic automobiles, should have their oil changed every 2,000 miles. If you drive a high-mileage automobile, this, too, can make frequent oil changes more necessary.
DOC Auto in Fredericksburg, VA, would be happy to change your vehicle’s oil when it needs it. Give us a call today.