When you should change the engine oil: A dummies' guide

04/26/2018 Same topic: Handy maintenance tips
Your engine will have to work harder if the old oil remains, which leads to overheating and further damages will come for sure.

Oil change varies according to each model you own. Some old ones will require an oil change every 3000 to 5000 miles but with technological advances, this interval has expanded significantly. Today, we introduce you a list of factors which help plan for each oil change.

1. Type of driving

Your driving type contributes significantly to how often your oil change should take place. Consider 2 types of driving you may be taking:

a. Mild driving

Requires more mileage oil, hence longer period for an oil change.

  • Minimal braking
  • Steady speeds
  • Open roads with no traffic
  • Long trips

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a. Aggressive driving

This type will ask for less time for each oil change for the following factors:

  • Regular short trips
  • Low temperature
  • Traveling on dusty roads
  • A lot of idling
  • Traffic congestion

Sitting in trafffic

Synthetic blend oil helps advanced technology cope with tougher driving conditions

2. Age of the vehicle

Each car from each carmaker will have a specific period for each oil change. Some may last longer, some shorter; All are presented in the manuals the car manufacturer encloses.

Conventional oil and synthetic oil

Conventional and synthetic are two types of oil used for today’s cars. Each car suits a certain oil type depending on whether it is off-road/heavy-duty SUV, higher mileage vehicles new cars or has a high-tech engine. It is essential to check your manual to know which type of oil is recommended for your vehicle.

Conventional oil

Conventional oil works to make sure it has the appropriate viscosity, breakdown resistance and heat tolerance which engines require.

Checking car's manual

 It is essential to check your manual to know which type of oil is recommended for your vehicle

Synthetic blend oil

Synthetic blend oil is a blend of the two types. This blend offers advanced technology that help the engine cope with tougher driving conditions like long engine operation time or stop-and-go driving.

Synthetic oil

Lastly, synthetic oil is designed specifically to offer the highest lubrication in low and high temperatures, resulting in better general engine protection. The privilege you will have when using synthetic oil is the superior cleansing strength to maintain your engine’s cleanliness better.

What happens if you forget to change the oil

Your engine will have to work harder if the old oil remains, which leads to overheating and further damages will come for sure. Further discussion on this can be found in our article of what happens when a car run out of engine oil? Don’t forget to spend a little on your oil change to avoid a huge fortune it may take from you later.

Changing oil

Your engine will have to work harder if the old oil remains

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