When Do I Change My Oil?
An oil change is the simplest, most basic form of maintenance that you can do for your car, and it’s something that should never be neglected. Why? Because nothing – absolutely nothing – will kill your car’s engine faster than dirty oil. So if you’re asking yourself “When should I change my oil,” the answer is, when it needs to be changed.
So, how do you know when to change your oil? This is really simple. You could, if you wanted to, try to play the game where you think, “Well, I didn’t drive much, and I didn’t drive hard, and maybe I don’t have to change my oil….” or, you could just do the sensible thing and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for your car.
Those guidelines are there for a reason. They’re meant to help you keep your car running properly for as long as possible. Now, if you’re smart, you have kept your owner’s manual in your glove compartment, so you won’t have to ask “When should I change my oil?” You can check out the oil change guidelines easily. If you haven’t done that, you can still check the website for your vehicle manufacturer to find out how often to change the oil.
You can also check out virtually any shop that does oil changes – they almost certainly have the recommendations.
Err On the Side of Caution
If you’re not sure that you’re due for an oil change, but you think you might be, have one done just the same. Simply stated, you are never going to harm your vehicle by changing the oil too frequently. Think about the other things that you don’t put off – you don’t ask yourself “When should I have my medications refilled?” or “When should I get my HVAC system serviced?” or “When should I get my hair cut?” so why in the world are you asking “When should I change my oil?” Just do it.
Routine oil changes are just that – routine. You have to have them done regularly to ensure that you get maximum performance and long life out of your vehicle. D Mac’s Auto Repair is located at 1554 Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92027. Call us at 760-746-0111. If you’re wondering, “When should I change my oil,” we can answer that question for you and get the job done. Contact us today!