Keeping your Vehicle Fine Tuned With These Oil Maintenance Tips.
The last thing anyone would want to deal with on their commute to work or simply to the local soccer game is an engine issue due to overlooked oil maintenance. While the low oil indicator light is a good place to start when your car requires immediate attention, following a few quick suggestions can help keep both your vehicle and busy schedule running on track.
Keep it on Schedule
While attention is a scarce commodity in our daily lives, ensuring to follow a consistence oil maintenance schedule will not only contribute to a better running engine, but may also help extend the life of those older vehicles still on the road. Overtime, oil can become contaminated with dirt and particles, which will impact its effectiveness to keep your engine running properly. It’s recommended to have your oil changed every 3000 Miles or 3 Months. You can also choose to use synthetic oil, which may only require changing every 5k Miles. One quick way to remember when to schedule your next oil change is to either schedule an email reminder to yourself or if you have already had a recent oil change, check for a lube reminder sticker placed on the inside of your windshield.
Choosing the Right Weight
So what exactly is oil weight and why should your care? Typically, your owner’s manual or the oil cap itself will indicate what oil weight should be used with your car, truck or SUV. The weight will be indicated by a number followed by a “W”, such as 5W, 10W or 20W. These numbers indicate the oils thickness ranging from thinner 5W to the thicker 20W. As your vehicle begins to age, using higher weight oil can help protect worn engine bearings and possibly extend the life of your vehicle. Checking your vehicle manual or asking a certified automotive tech will help you find out if a higher weight oil is recommended.
Keeping it Clean
As the oil in your car continually travels through the engine, it’s easy to accumulate dirt particles. If gone unchecked, this dirt can accumulate into sludge, which could potentially lead to engine failure. Luckily, this can be easily avoided by ensuring you have a clean oil filter installed. This inexpensive part helps keep your car’s oil free of dirt contaminants, and also ensures your oil continues to doing its job. Due to the inexpensive nature of this part, it’s recommended to switch out during every scheduled oil change. These quick tips together with continued general maintenance of your vehicle can help keep your vehicle and your busy schedule running smoothly.