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How Often Should Cars Get an Oil Change?

Oil changes are one of the main reasons for a visit to your local auto service shop. While it can seem like it is not that important, a missed appointment can cost you not only time but money as well. That’s why you should keep it in mind, and make sure you have it performed.

Why is oil important?

Oil keeps all the parts lubricated, and allows them to stay at a certain temperature so they do not overheat. These two factors play a key role in the engine’s health and efficiency. If routine oil changes are ignored it can result in damaged cylinders, broken crankshafts, or, in the worst case, a blown engine. This can be easily overcome by regular visits to the service shop.

How often should you change your oil?

Most manufacturers advise owners to go in for a routine oil change every 3,000-7,000 miles, depending on the make and model of the vehicle. Some engines can even go for as long as 10,000 miles, but that doesn't mean that every car can last that long. Another thing that you have to factor in is that there are different types of oil. Some engines require synthetic oil so they can operate at higher temperatures, and others are all organic. They all work at different RPMs and displacements. When you take all this into account, a simple answer for all vehicles can’t be given about intervals of time for changing the oil. Our best recommendation is to check your owner’s manual or get your vehicle checked by a local auto repair shop. 

Another way to keep track of how often you should go for an oil change is a seasonal service. Going in for a check-up before the cold season will help you avoid any unwanted complications in the middle of winter. A visit is also advised before summer, so if anything has built up or has been contaminated, it can be taken care of. Furthermore, you can look out for the oil lamp on your dashboard, despite the time of year. 

Regardless of the weather outside, if you need an oil change, we invite you to come by Pete's, Inc! Our team will be happy to help

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