4 Things To Know About Changing The Oil In Your Car
Changing the oil in your car is a very important part of maintaining your car. Many of us are sometimes not sure about the right time to change motor oil.
So, when really is the best time to change our car oil? Also, what is the right type of oil for your car?
Well, here are a few tips on how to go about changing oils in your car.
When To Change the Oil
Changing the oil in your car when the car has gone about 3, 000 miles, or after every three months (whichever one comes first) is very important. However, to really know the best time to change the oil in your car, you would need to check your owners’ manual. The manual is the best place to determine the right time for a particular car to change its oil. Newer cars now come with service reminder monitors that informs drivers on when to change their oil. These systems determine the best time for an oil change based on the number of miles a car has covered. Make sure you get your oil change soon after you receive such an alert.
How Often to Check the Oil Level
Your engine’s performance relies on the oil level. You can get the best out of your vehicle with frequent oil level checks.
Checking your car for the oil level is an important routine. Not checking your oil level regularly can have various consequences including engine damage. But, the question here is how often should one check the oil level?
Many people test the oil level after two or three days, but actually, you can extend the interval. Checking it once in a month is sufficient. Moreover, one should take care of the dirty oil in the tank as it can affect other parts of the car.
Choosing the Right Oil for Your Car
The appropriate oil to use for your car will be found in the owner’s manual. Make sure you know what is recommended or required by your automaker before you visit your mechanic so that you can control the cost of the oil they are putting in.
In recent cars models, the weight of your car’s motor oil is printed on the cap where you add oil. If you are not sure what oil you should be using because you do not have an owner’s manual, check with your local dealer or an online enthusiast group for your particular model.
Do You Need Synthetic Oil or Mineral Oil?
Synthetic oil is a lubricant consisting of chemical compounds that are artificially made. Synthetic oil, once used mostly in high-performance cars, is now being used in more regular vehicles. Synthetic oil is designed to be more effective at resisting breakdown, and – that causes it lasts longer and withstanding high temperatures. If you make lots of short trips, standard motor oil may never get warm enough to burn off moisture and impurities, which means it may not be doing enough to protect your engine.
Because synthetic oil is better on your engine and has fewer impurities, it can go longer than conventional oils. Turbo engines and older cars may still require oil changes every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Synthetic oil change intervals range from 10,000-15,000 miles or once a year (whatever comes first).
Should Oil Levels be Checked When the Engine is Hot or Cold?
If you are checking the oil yourself, make sure the car is parked on level ground and, with most cars, the engine is cold. This way, you do not burn yourself on a hot engine part. With some cars, the automaker recommends that the oil be checked after the engine has been warmed up. We recommend checking the oil level either before turning on the engine or 5 to 10 minutes after shutting down so you can have all the oil in the oil pan to get an accurate measurement.