Vehicles are always improving. While the basic components (engine, brakes, tires, windshield, etc.) are basically the same components of the cars that were around in the 1920s, the efficiency and design of the cars we drive today have improved greatly. Nowadays, cars have so many extra features it can feel like you’re driving a computer on wheels! One of the most basic needs a car has today, and has always had, is an oil change. Oil keeps the inner workings of your car’s engine, new or classic, running smoothly and without friction. While cars have improved, the needs for oil changes have changed and improved as well. You might be wondering, “How often do I really need an oil change?” Let’s find out.
While the guidelines for oil changes used to be fairly often, every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first, guidelines have changed as vehicles have improved in efficiency. Nowadays, with your mechanics and vehicle recommendations of course, you can change your oil every 7,500-10,000 miles! Even older cars are generally fine to wait for 5,000 miles between oil changes with the newer and more efficient synthetic oils that mechanics now have access to.
While changing your oil more frequently than every 7,500-10,000 miles certainly won’t harm your vehicle, it might harm your pocketbook. Frequent and unnecessary oil changes can end up being a waste of money and your time. Finding a mechanic you can trust who can give you a good timeline for oil changes for your vehicle can help you save time and money.
If you’d like more information about oil changes and their frequency for your car, contact us here at Lindsay Tire Automotive & Accessories today!