Changing the oil in your car is something that a lot of people forget about until it becomes a problem. But this is an inefficient way to run your vehicle and can wind up costing you more in maintenance bills. That’s why we offer full service oil changes to keep all our customers’ cars running in top shape.
If you’re still not sure exactly how often you should change the oil in your car, read on to find this out plus the main benefits of regular oil changes.
How often should you change the oil in your car?
The oft-repeated piece of advice is to change your oil every 3,000 miles, or every 6 months if this occurs first, for people who don’t drive very far or often, for example. For advice tailored more specifically to the car you’re driving, you should check the owner’s manual for guidelines on how often to change your oil.
Many experts are now saying that going as much as 5,000 miles before you change your oil is perfectly fine for your car, however, there are certain conditions where this figure should be reduced. For example, driving in extreme weather can take more of a toll on your engine, so you should stick to the original guideline of every 3,000 miles if you live in an extremely hot or cold climate. You should also change your oil more often if you drive long distances at low speeds or in stop-and-start traffic, or along dusty or sandy roads.
What are the benefits of changing your oil regularly?
The main benefit of changing your oil on a regular basis is that your engine will perform more smoothly as it remains well-lubricated. This also helps to reduce the amount of wear and tear your engine parts experience as you drive, meaning it will last longer before needing repair. Fresh oil also reduces the amount of harmful emissions that your engine releases as you drive, reducing your carbon footprint and the damage your car does to the environment.
Here at Bill’s Auto Clinic, we can provide a full-service oil change for both regular and hybrid cars. This service includes changing the oil, filter, and lubricant, plus a 30-point vehicle inspection including brakes, tire pressure, and tread wear inspection, and complete fluid top-off. To get this service for your car within Winston Salem and the surrounding Piedmont Triad, get in touch with us online or visit our shop in Winston Salem. Find out more about the other services we offer.