Oil changes should be done on your vehicles on a regular basis. The leading cause of internal mechanical engine failures is due to lack of oil maintenance. With the technology being introduced on today’s vehicles, this is more important now than ever before. The one size fits all oil changes (meaning same oil used for every car) do not and will not cut it any longer. There are very few vehicles on the road that do not have bulletins for, or literature issued on a specific type of oil (and/or filter) that should be used on these newer vehicles. Oil travels through very small passages and screens inside of the engine, and if your oil does not get changed regularly, they will get plugged and restricted debris, carbon, and contaminants. Many factory service intervals will recommend anywhere from 4,500 to 7,500 miles….some even recommend every 10,000!!! Not kidding.
No matter what oil you use, no oil is tested in a lab to see 10,000 miles worth of abuse, and temperature changes ranging to differences of almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit every year. Change your oil! Any reasonable, seasoned, and educated technician will tell you to change your conventional oil every 3,000 to 3,500; and synthetic oil every 5,000 to 5,500 miles. It is not because we want to see vehicles back in the shop so there is potential to sell a bunch of work. Actually the contrary is true. Customers that come in and do regular maintenance and oil changes seldom have large repair bills because the steps were taken early on to prevent system component damage and catastrophic failures. We really just want your vehicles to last as long as long as they are built to. And if you think your car manufacturer wants your car to last as long as we do…think again. They want to sell you another vehicle, and longer than recommended service intervals can only have long term problems. Just long enough to get you out of the factory warranty; and into their lot to buy another car. I like to think we have a more vested interest in these vehicles.