When it comes to changing your oil, knowing when to change your oil is as important as to what kind of oil you should use. Most major oil manufactures follow the standards established by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). You can use most any brand look for the SAE emblem to be sure it meets the criteria. After that, you want to be sure that the correct viscosity of the oil is being used. You can find out how to learn about your specific car in this 30-second video.
Oil change intervals of 3000 miles are long gone. But what's not gone is the need to have a trained eye see your car periodically, sometimes before an oil change is even due. Because we see cars with 100,000 to 5000,000 miles, we learn a lot about oil change intervals and the impact it has on the longevity of your car’s engine. Because of that, we recommend your car goes in for service every 5000 miles and that a comprehensive inspection takes place every 10,000 miles. A 5000-mile service interval allows the technician to rotate your tires, change the oil and give it a good look over to make sure your family is safe. A lot of places will put these three services in a package deal so be sure and ask. We offer a VIP Plan that includes these services learn more here.
Mike Davidson, Author of Start Me Up - A Practical Guide to Understanding Your Vehicle. Get your free e-copy here.