Why Do You Need to Get Your Oil Changed?
Oil eventually starts to turn into jelly. Literally – petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely. And that means expensive engine repairs.
That’s why you need to change the oil and oil filter on schedule – to get the old oil out before it turns to sludge. Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how many miles you can go between oil changes. They also usually have a number of months between recommended oil changes. That’s because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down over time.
When Should I Get My Oil Changed?
Your owner’s manual will have a recommendation for time and mileage, but you need to remember that it’s based on using the recommended weight of oil. If your vehicle came from the factory with synthetic oil, the recommended intervals assume you continue to use synthetic.
Also, how you drive and where you’re driving can have a big effect. Most owner’s manuals will have a list of driving conditions that are harder on your vehicle. Things like stop-and-go driving in the city, short trips, driving in very hot or very cold weather, heavy loads, and towing can all put wear on your vehicle. If some of your driving fits this, you may need to change your oil and do other maintenance on a shorter schedule.
Some vehicles in Iowa have an oil life calculator that takes all of these factors into account and tells you when you should change your oil. Otherwise, talk with your Iowa service advisor at All Pro Servicenter about how you drive and get their recommendation for when to take care of your service.
If any of the steering or suspension parts need to be lubed, your technician at All Pro Servicenter will take care of that with a lube, oil, and filter service.