The Magic Number
A lot of us probably still think that oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles or so, but this is no longer a good guideline for cars, especially those bought in the last seven or eight years. Why? Well, oil chemistry and engine technology over the past few years have improved so that most cars can go several thousand more miles before changing the oil.
The New Standard?
A better average is said to be 7,500 miles between oil changes, sometimes even up to 10,000 miles or more. Now isn’t this great news? This not only means less costs for drivers, but also less harm for the environmental. This new “standard” lowers the frequency of oil change and keeps us from throwing away good oil. A better way to know when to change oil, though, is to read your owner’s manual. Most of us may not be ready to trust what we would be reading from our manuals, but they do say pretty much the truth and since not every car is exactly the same, we should start trusting our manuals.
And What If You Don’t Change Oil At All?
You may be wondering, what actually happens if you don’t change your oil? No need to panic, it will not run out. But it does get dirtier and dirtier. Imagine mopping the floor with a bucket of water and detergent. At the start, the water is clean, but the more you use it, the dirtier it gets. Eventually, you’re making the floor dirtier instead of cleaning it if you don’t change the water.
The Best Thing To Do Right Now
Go get your car manual and determine the right frequency for oil change! Then print out this really neat coupon that gives you huge savings for your next oil change AND free oil filter installation. Make sure to have this coupon handy and present it on your next oil change!