Tom changes his oil every 3,000 miles. He’s old school. He has cars for which the manufacturer recommends every 5,000 miles, but he still does it every 3,000 miles as preventative maintenance. It’s spend a little bit now or a LOT later when something goes wrong.
If you prefer to follow your vehicle’s factory recommended maintenance, that’s fine. Just do it when it’s supposed to be done. If it says every 5,000 miles, don’t wait until 7,000 or 10,000 miles. All you’re doing is causing sludge and varnish buildup within the engine, which will have an affect on how the engine performs and how components wear. That sludge comes from the breakdown of the chemicals in the oil and the breakdown of heavy metals which leech off the engine into the oil.
Synthetic oil – Even is you use synthetic oil that changes the scheduled maintenance to every 10,000 miles, you better be changing your filter every 5,000 miles. By the time you get to 10,000 miles, that filter is doing nothing. Once the filter is clogged and the oil can’t circulate, your car’s system bypasses that filter entirely.
Next time you come to QuickLane, ask us to show you what your filter looks like. You might be surprised.