The oil in your car is important for many reasons. Not only does it keep our engine components running smoothly, but it also prevents the engine from overheating. Making sure your oil is replaced regularly is crucial to the longevity of your vehicle. Below are a few tips on when you should replace your oil and how you check it.
Why Change Your Oil?
Your car’s oil, like everything, wears down over time. If not changed regularly, it can thicken and eventually cause engine damage. To prevent this, changing your oil every 5,000 to 10,000 miles is a good idea. Though if you have an older vehicle, it’s better to change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.
When to Check Oil Levels?
Over time, your car’s oil levels will drain from use. To determine your current levels, it’s a good idea to check your dipstick regularly. To get an accurate reading, turn off the engine and only check when it’s cold. If the vehicle was just turned off, wait about two hours before checking. If the engine is warm, 15-30 minutes should be fine. Following these instructions and the owner’s manual is the best way to get a more accurate oil level reading.
When to Change Your Oil?
As mentioned, changing your oil every 5,000 miles or so is recommended. But if you don’t change your oil that often, there are some signs you should be aware of. If your “oil light” comes on, it’s time to visit our service center. If you detect a leak or have low engine oil pressure, you should visit your dealer or service technician immediately to schedule a service appointment.