Protect the investment of your vehicle by changing the oil frequently. By not changing your oil frequent enough allows damage to occur which adds up over the life of your engine. The engine life will be shortened drastically. Changing your oil also includes a quality filter. You need to check your oil between changing and maintenance. This will make sure that there are no leaks or oil consumption issues. One of the worst things for your vehicle is to run out of oil and even Run Low on oil. Running your vehicle out of oil will destroy an engine very quickly. Running your vehicle on low oil causes the oil to get real hot and lose its lubricating properties rapidly.
How often should you change your oil?
As a rule of thumb every 3,000 miles is adequate. Also check your vehicle manual and check your manufactures guide lines. Do not depend on your vehicles oil life indicator. In many cases by the time the light comes on, it is well past 3,000 miles to late.
If you do not have your Manual; here is the best place to find all of the information on your Year, Make, and Model of your Vehicle. Detailed Diagrams and Instructions
What to look for during periodic oil checks between Changes:
- Oil leaks with oil dripping on the ground.
- Check the oil level indicator (dipstick). Your level should indicate full but, not over full.
- Check all fluids and if there are Any leaks
Power Steering if applicable
Coolant or Antifreeze
- Tire Pressure (Manufactures specified pressure)
- Check Accessory Drive Belt or Belts for quacks and replace as necessary.
How does your Vehicle Run Out or Low on oil?
Leaks are the most common and obvious. However, all engines consume oil. Some engines consume oil more rapidly if there is or has been an engine issue. Older engines in general, start to consume oil more rapidly. So, not checking frequently can cause your vehicle to Run Low or Run Out. Both are damaging and cause you (the owner) to spend more money in the future.
Does an oil change affect gas mileage?
A good running engine will save you gas mileage. Of course, you will have a good running engine if you keep your oil full, fresh, and maintained. By letting your engine go to long with out regular oil maintenance will cause Oil Breakdown, Sludge Buildup, and Engine Damage. It is the Lubricating Properties from the oil that provides a variety of vital functions to keep your vehicle running efficiently. In other words, It is the Overall Performance of your Engine that affects your Gas Mileage.
What type of oil to look for and use?
Always check your Owners Manual of your vehicle to see what is suggested. The owner’s manual is where you will find the correct oil type, grade, and weight. Grade and Weight means: the thickness.
I.e. 10w/40, 10w/30 amongst many more.
The type of motor oil you need to use will depend on: Brand, Conventional, Synthetic, and now there is recycled oil.
Conventional Oil: Petroleum based
Synthetic Oil: Man made oil. It is chemically engineered to perform better then petroleum oil. It will resist heat more effectively and has better lubricating properties. It will last longer.
Recycled Oil: They are proving to be of high quality and very refined. All impurities are taken out. This type is more expensive. Recycled oil is now becoming more popular and will be seen around much more in years to come.
The brand of oil that you use is really your own preference. Ask around, investigate, get the opinion of others you know, get the opinion of you Personal Mechanic. There are so many brands to choose from and investigate upon. i.e. Pennzoil, Castrol, Quaker State, etc… It is also important to know that most Automotive Parts Stores carry their own brand which is comparable with other brands.
What type of Oil Filter to look for?
Using your manufactures guidelines use a filter that is as close to Original Equipment or better. Just to warn you; the cheapest filter is not always the best way to go. Here again there are many different sizes, brands, and prices to choose from. Your engine has its own specifically designed filter requiring its specific size and type. Always ask for help. You can ask the Parts Service Professional at your local automotive parts store or your Personal Mechanic.
Can you change and Maintain your Oil Yourself?
When changing your own oil, there is always an issue on how to correctly dispose of the used, old, and dirty oil. There is a proper way to dispose of your oil that will not harm our earth, land, and area around us. When your vehicle is taken to a professional for the oil changes the oil should be recycled and disposed of properly by the business. It is the law. If you change your oil yourself, you need to do the same. In our city we have a list of automotive repair shops or oil change shops that we can take our oil to. Check your city and see what they have to offer. Also, this is a good site to visit about how to dispose and recycle your used oil. http://earth911.com At this site you can even put in your zip code and see what recycling areas are near you.
You can change your own oil. It is very easy and cost effective. You always have to go according to your Vehicles Owners Manual. There is a quick Do-it-yourself Online guide that you can follow with clear instructions, detail, and diagrams.
When it comes to oil and your vehicle, this is the most important aspect to remember:
Having fresh oil at all times is one of the best things you can do for your vehicle.
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