As consumers in the modern day we are always going to be skeptical of business and, or sales pitches. We instantly assume that a mechanic is suggesting we have our oil changed between 3,000 and 5,000 miles because they want more from us in terms of revenue.
The fact is that in most vehicles today, you can go beyond that 5,000 mile marker for your next oil change, but in many cases even your owner’s manual will suggest that you have your oil change around the 3,000-5,000 mile area. Note: always refer to your owner’s manual for almost anything related to your vehicle. It is also recommended that you read vehicle forums, as they do exist, and other users of the same vehicle you drive can provide you experienced thought.
Now back to oil changes, and why you should have your oil changed as suggested. Well as Chuck Patterson Dodge wrote, “Dirt and sludge can build up in the engine, and old, dirty oil won’t lubricate the moving parts as well as new, fresh oil will”. So to put it simply, keeping your vehicle fresh with lubrication, will increase the life expectancy of your vehicle. It will also help you to avoid any major engine damage or problems in the future. That is a bill you will not want to experience.
There is nothing more devastating in terms of car costs than replacing engine components, or a transmission. So when it comes up to that suggested 3,000 or 5,000 mile marker for your next oil change, find the time and money to fork over to have the work done. Also make sure that the work is done properly. The fluids aren’t the only thing that should be replaced, replacing your filter is a must. Make sure you also ask the mechanic check your other fluids, and brakes if possible. If a free tire rotation comes with it, then that is an obvious bonus.
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