Modern vehicles have been manufactured with cleaner, stronger and more durable features than those of the previous years. Therefore, most vehicle experts are advising against frequent oil changes, especially after every 3000 miles. There are some cars that can travel up to 5000 miles between oil changes. However, that’s completely dependent on the make and model of the vehicle.
If you look at most car manuals today, you will find that this new perspective is being reflected all around, advocating for longer intervals between oil changes. There are some expectations that every car owner should consider and they include the following.
1. Tough Driving
The type of driving the car owner does is also as important as the mileage when considering oil change. If the vehicle is used to pull or carry heavy loads, the engine will be more stressed out causing it to operate at higher temperatures than expected.
A lot of heat destroys the lubricating capability of oil because it causes excessive oxidation. Therefore, when the engine is overheated, the oil needs to be changed more often. Don’t forget that driving on bumpy roads or unpaved surfaces also causes more stress to the engine besides towing heavy loads.
2. Environmental Conditions
If it’s hot outside, it’s quite obvious that the engine will also register hotter temperatures. Therefore, if you live in a region with warm weather all year round, you should change your engine oil more frequently. If the environment is also very dusty and polluted, there is also an increased risk of contamination of the engine fluids. That means, the motor oil will need to be replaced frequently because it will most likely get dirty. Therefore, if you’re living in one of the dusty towns, visit the car service station after every 3,000 miles to get an oil change.
3. Short Commuting Sessions
It’s unbelievable but short commutes each day might stress out your engine much more than longer ones. That’s because the short commutes don’t allow the engine to reach optimal temperatures for proper functioning. Eventually, this will degrade the lubricating fluids. The excess fuel often spills into the motor oil thereby diluting it. The excess fuel is usually necessary because colder engines use more gas than warmer ones. The fuel can also degrade the lubricating chemicals in the motor oil.
4. High Performance Engines
If your vehicle is running on a turbo-charged engine, it will definitely run on hotter temperatures than a regular engine. Regardless of whether you use synthetic blends or not, it’s prudent to change your oil frequently with high performance engines. It also applies to those who live in warm environments, drive very hard and drive in high speeds from time to time.
5. Age Of The Engine
If your odometer has counted more miles, you can bank on the motor being very dirty. Therefore, the motor oil used to lubricate the engine will definitely get very dirty very fast. Dirty motor oil has less lubricating capability than clean motor oil. Therefore, it will cause friction that will lead to damage of most of the vital parts of the engine. Therefore, vehicles that have higher mileage and older engines should have regular oil changes.
Consider these factors when choosing to change motor oil and make a wise decision for your engine!