Gas mileage taken a dip? Car responding a little slower than usual? “Check Engine” light on? Whether it’s mechanical indications or getting stuck in a conversation with a gearhead, you’ve probably heard quite a bit about how you’re not doing enough for oil changes. Let us help you straighten out the facts so you can take care of your car.
How many miles can I go between oil changes?
When it comes to proper car maintenance, this is the golden question. Engine oil is your car’s lifeblood, so it’s vital to tend to it properly—but what exactly does that mean? You may have heard that car oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles but this isn’t necessarily the case for cars today. Since they’re more efficient machines, today’s cars can go closer to 7,000 miles between oil changes. The best way to determine how often you need to change your oil is to consult your owner’s manual, which will have recommendations for how often you need to get an oil change.
Does my driving affect how often I need to change my oil?
Your driving habits make a huge difference for you oil! The easiest driving for your engine is highway driving, while city driving is much harder on it. If you do a lot of city driving (or are often stuck in traffic jams on the highway) you’ll need to go in for oil changes more often. Remember, neglecting an oil change is serious business—if your car runs out of oil, you can literally break your engine. It’s much less expensive to perform proper maintenance than it is to replace parts… especially if that part is your engine.
Time for an oil change? Come see us at Volkswagen of Oneonta. Our service center is ready to help, and we can help get you all the information you need about oil changes for your car with your driving habits in mind. Drive safe!