How Often Should You Change Your Oil?
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However experts now say that the standard oil change interval of every three months or every three thousand miles. That's about five thousand kilometers is old news and the most cars can travel quite a bit farther before needing their oil replaced. If you're changing your oil more frequently than necessary, it won't help your car. It doesn't harm it either. But you're wasting money time and resources after all throwing way oil that's still usable. But to strain on the environment. There are four main recommended intervals for oil changes based on b-actor specific to you and your car number one under some circumstances. Experts recommend changing your oil every one thousand miles that sixteen hundred kilometers or every six months. I know I know if some experts say that three thousand miles to often, why would those same experts recommend intervals of every one thousand miles. It all depends on your driving habits. If you're driving routine consists, mostly of trips that are ten miles or less. You should consider changing your oil more often than every three thousand miles for two reasons if you aren't making long trips at high study speeds like you would on a highway then your engine isn't getting hot enough to boil off condensation can accumulate in the system that can cause oil to break down faster, most of the wear and tear on your engine occurs. When you're starting your car, and if you aren't driving very far most of your driving is of the type that's very hard on your engine. More frequent oil changes will help minimize that damage. In short. If you drive your car, infrequently as in much less than the mileage of your recommended service, interval you should still change your oil twice a year since the oil degrades over time. Interval number two that old standard three thousand miles or five thousand kilometers or every three months. Some car experts suggest that the three thousand mile interval is really for the benefit of the shops that change the oil since the more frequently you come in the more money, they make still if you have an older model car that recommends this interval you're probably better off adhering to it. Meanwhile, most modern car owners manuals actually recommend longer intervals every five thousand seventy five hundred miles. That's about eight thousand twelve thousand kilometers. However, some manufacturers recommend you also take your driving style and habits into account. For instance, if your car is fairly new, and you usually drive twenty minutes or more and chief fairly steady speeds as opposed to stop and go traffic the entire drive. You are a prime candidate for less frequent oil changes. However, if your car is older it's best to stick. With the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule, in some cases, experts recommend going as long as ten thousand to fifteen thousand miles that's sixteen thousand to twenty four thousand kilometers or every six months, that's in cases, where your car's manufacturer recommends synthetic oil or if you decide to make the switch those synthetic oil is much more expensive than regular oil. It has more benefits. It's better for the environment and can perform better than regular oil. That's because synthetic oil doesn't break down like regular oil. Oil synthetic oil can also with stand more extreme temperatures it won't break down in a hot engine or during hot weather in winter synthetic oil can resist the effects of cold, which means it will start flowing as soon as you start your car. Opinions differ, though about whether upgrading is worth it. While some experts suggest doing it in most circumstances consumer report says that generally you shouldn't switch synthetic if your car doesn't need it. If you frequently tow heavy loads synthetic oil can help ease the extra strain on your engine. If you own a model known to be prone to sludge issues that is what your engine gets clogged with the residue of degraded oil synthetic can help alleviate those problems and prolong the life of your engine. It's best to keep track of the miles. You drive between oil changes, though, some cars make this easier with a dashboard indicator the tells you it's time to head to the shop as part of what's called an oil life monitoring system these systems track your mileage and also use data from your driving. That's analyzed by your car's computer to determine when your car needs an oil change when the light illuminates it's best to get the oil changed as soon as possible, but it's not necessarily urgent. If your car has an oil life monitoring system note that this light is different than your oil pressure light which eliminates on your dash if your cars. Well, isn't flowing properly due to low level failing oil pump a leak in the system or some other issue. Check your owner's manual to learn the difference between the two dash lights because of the oil pressure like comes on you need to stop driving as soon as possible to avoid engine damage. Get in the habit of checking your oil at least once a month to ensure your car's not leaking or burning oil if the level is low at oil, a good oil should be a transparent Brown black color. If the oil is murky or Paik, it might be time for change. And it's milky your engine may be leaking coolant. However, if your car has one of the aforementioned oil monitoring systems, you might not have dipstick to check the oil with. The moral of the story here is that if you don't know how often to change your oil or how to check it between oil changes consult your owner's manual. These habits will help ensure the longevity of your engine. Today's episode was written by cherise three wit and produced by Tyler clang, brain stuff is a production of iheartradio's how stuff works for more on this and lots of other high performing topics visit our home planet. How stuff works dot com. And for more podcast iheartradio. Visit the iheartradio app apple podcasts or wherever you listen to your favorite shows. Today's episode is brought to you by the Bob left's, that's podcast. If you want to know, how the music industry, really works. The Bob left's that's podcast is for you. 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