Regular service is necessary to maintain the value of your vehicle. There are a lot of benchmarks and numbers floating around in regard to when you should have certain services performed on your car, particularly when you should have your oil changed. Especially after synthetic oil was introduced to the market, debate has existed as to how often you should have your oil changed.
Getting your oil changed is one of the easiest yet essential types of service you can have performed on your vehicle. But, how often does it actually have to be changed? We're here to answer that question for you.
"Get your oil changed after 3,000 miles" was once the mantra of mechanics and car owners everywhere. Today, however, things are different. While 3,000 miles was an adequate guideline for older cars, mechanics are mostly in consensus today that the number has risen for most models manufactured in the year 2008 or later. The reason for this is that both engine and oil technology have since improved. The new recommended mileage is somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,500, although older models should stick to a lower threshold, like 5,000. Six months is a good general time frame, so that you can also have your car inspected for other services it may need.
Experts also say that the way you drive and the climate you live in can also affect how often you should get your oil changed. A city-dweller may need to have their oil changed more frequently because the repeated starting and stopping as well as short driving distance can strain the engine without giving the oil a chance to warm up enough to work at full capacity. Colder climates also result in poor oil-functionality for the same reason.
At the end of the day, the best idea is to trust your manufacturer's judgment. Nobody knows your car better than the ones who designed and built it. Check your owner's manual to figure out when your particular model should have its oil changed, along with other routine services.
These are mainly general suggestions to give you more well-informed opinion of when you should schedule your next oil change. As always, consult a professional for the expert opinion on your specific vehicle and its service schedule.
If you're interested in learning more about oil changes and your vehicle's service schedule in Kingsport, TN, stop by our dealership at 2217 East Stone Drive, Kingsport, TN 37660. We look forward to serving our customers from Kingsport, TN, and throughout Bristol and Johnson City!