I know how it is. You’re running around every day, carting the kids here and there, rushing back and forth to work and trying to squeeze in everything from errands to doctor appointments. With all of that going on, I can understand why it’s easy to forget about the little sticker on your windshield – you know, the one telling you it’s time for an oil change. The problem is, ignoring that important date or mileage marker could be a costly mistake.
Oil changes are, hands down, the most important service visits you can make for your car. Engine oil breaks downs over time and can turn into sludge, which damages internal engine components, resulting in costly engine repairs. Changing the engine oil and filter at their required intervals protects and extends the life of your engine.
Here’s why: A lot more happens during an oil change service than just changing the oil and oil filter. You also benefit from a basic, bumper to bumper safety inspection. In addition to checking and adding to all vital fluid levels, tires are inspected, tire pressure is adjusted to specification, exterior lights are checked, a complete under hood inspection is performed, and a lot more. It’s not only the most important service, but probably the most cost effective.
Oil change mileage intervals vary for different car models. Typically, conventional oil should be changed every 4,000 to 5,000 miles, and synthetic oil around 6,000 miles to 7,000. If you’re not sure, consult your owner’s manual or call your mechanic.
Life is hectic, so stopping for an oil change may seem like something you can put off. If your oil change is overdue, please don’t. Schedule an appointment right away. Taking a few minutes today will save you time and aggravation in the long run.