When asked about this, you may hear different answers – such as every 3000km, 5000km, 10000km, 15000 km or when the vehicle’s oil monitor indicates is due. It is no wonder majority of the car owners are confused. The simplest answer… well, there is no simple answer! In fact, there is no interval that applies to most vehicles.
Read on to find out what we feel every motorist needs to know about this subject.
The engine serves as the heart of your vehicle. Hence, changing its oil based on the manufacturer’s recommendation is usually the single most important thing that you can do to keep it running longer. However, you must read these recommendations to determine the correct interval i.e the interval that matches your vehicle’s operating conditions and your driving habits.
The Normal interval listed in the owner’s manual applies to vehicles driven under ideal conditions. While you may consider your driving habits and operating conditions quite normal, read the fine print.
Some exceptions to Normal driving include:
- Frequent short trips (less than 20 kms, especially during cold weather)
- Stop-and-go city traffic driving
- Driving in dusty conditions, on gravel roads, etc.
- Driving at sustained highway speeds during hot weather
- Towing use
- Diesel or turbocharged engine
These conditions commonly appear in the description of severe service driving. We advise that you read your owner’s manual to locate the correct interval.
Consider these facts:
- Oil requires complex detergents and additives to help prevent sludge build-up and corrosion
- Additives provide protection to the oil under extremely hot temperatures while allowing oil to flow freely at extremely cold temperatures
- Tests have shown that at 5000 kms the oil itself still lubricates, but the depletion of critical additives may no longer allow the oil to offer the same benefits and protection
- At the expense of the life of the engine, longer intervals may actually benefit the environment
- Re-refined oils offer an alternative for motorists with concerns about the environment
- Re-refined oils use the remaining lubricating qualities of used oil, and replenish the depleted additives to create oils that meet the quality of new oil
Proper Maintenance Helps Extend Vehicle Life!
Your driving type or vehicle usage may affect the maintenance intervals below.
You should follow the manufacturer’s service schedule that best matches your vehicle’s operating conditions.
Those recommendations may include:
- Change your engine oil at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended service interval that matches your vehicle’s operating conditions and your driving habits
- Check your tire inflation pressure monthly
- Rotate your tires at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended service interval or every 6 months/10000 kms
- Change the engine air filter annually or when visibly restricted.
- Inspect Brake System every 12 months/30,000 kms
Setup an appointment and come see us for an oil/oil filter change service.