An auto technician checks the oil level while performing an oil change

How Often Should I Change My Oil?

To extend the life of your vehicle and keep it running smoothly, you should change your oil regularly. But how often is “regularly,” and are there other important details to be aware of about your vehicle’s oil system? Here’s what you need to know.

Natural vs. Synthetic Oil

Natural, or conventional oil, is a form of mineral oil. It’s not as refined as synthetic oil, allowing it to acidify and oxidize more quickly. It’s also not as chemically stable and breaks down more quickly, meaning you’ll need an oil change more often.

Synthetic oil is better for your vehicle due to the fact that it has fewer impurities than conventional oil. It helps to reduce wear and tear on your engine, performs well in higher temperatures, and protects your engine from deposit and sludge build-up.

Every 3 Months or 3,000 Miles

Usually, most vehicles need an oil change every three months or 3,000 miles. If you use synthetic oil, you may get up to 5,000 to 6,000 miles out of your vehicle before you need to change the oil.

How to Know What Your Car's Specifications Are

While many people follow standard recommendations for oil changes, your vehicle’s owner manual has instructions on what should be done for your specific vehicle.

Type of Engine

Look for the type of engine you have. This dictates the type of oil you will need to use and is helpful to know when you visit the automotive parts store for oil or your mechanic for a complete oil change.  

How Much Oil to Use and How Often to Check Your Oil

Your vehicle’s owner manual will also tell you how much oil you need to use. This differs from vehicle to vehicle, because the size of the oil pan isn’t exactly the same on each car or truck. Make sure you know how much oil your engine takes so you don’t put in too much or too little.

What Kind of Oil to Use

An auto technician checks the oil level while performing an oil change

There are many different types of motor oil available on the market today, with different blends and weights. While some generic oils will work for most vehicles, your manual specifies what type of oil works best for your car. It may change with the seasons as well — for example, you may need to use a heavier weight oil in the summer to combat the natural thinning out that occurs in warmer weather. During the winter, you may need to use a lighter weight oil that is designed to flow more easily in colder temperatures than thicker oil.

Need Auto Maintenance in Minooka? Contact Wyman Automotive

Keeping up with the maintenance on your vehicle can be a hassle. At Wyman Automotive, our goal is to provide you with comprehensive vehicle care, so you can be confident that your car or truck is in top condition. We offer regular maintenance including oil changes, filter replacements, inspections, tire rotations, and more. Contact us today to learn more about our services at 815-255-5110.

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