Oil Changes

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A little about Oil Changes

Oil Changes at Bill Tyson's Auto Repair

Everything you wanted to know about oil changes, but were afraid to ask.

Do you know how often you should change the oil in your car? How about what kind of oil you should use? Don’t worry, most folks don’t. Read on and I will try to give you some basics on what is really needed to keep your car running great for a long, long time. There has been a lot of advertising on the part of oil companies that say you should be changing your oil every 3000 miles. Well, that might not be totally true. Yes there are some cars whose manufacturers recommend changing the oil every 3000 miles, but the vast majority recommend changing the oil and filter every 7500 miles. We recommend that you check your owner’s manual, and then consult with your technician to determine a schedule that’s right for your vehicle and the type of driving that you do. Oil has come a long way in the past twenty years. Today’s lubricants are chocked full of some really great stuff. Anti oxidants, rust inhibitors, detergents, and a bunch of stuff I have trouble spelling. Choose oil that is right for the ambient temperature and driving conditions. Here in Florida, 10W-30 is a great choice for most cars; check your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s needs.

What oil does in your engine

As your engine runs, hundreds of parts are constantly moving around inside your engine, rubbing up against one another, creating heat and friction, which wears down your engine.  Therefore, clean motor oil is essential to your engine’s lifespan and performance.  Motor oil keeps your engine lubricated, helping to protect your engine against excess heat and friction.

Over time, motor oil breaks down and gets polluted, making it less effective.  Therefore, vehicle manufacturers recommend periodic oil changes, usually every three months, or 3,000 miles.  This ensures that your engine is always properly lubricated, and performing well.

Need help choosing the right oil?

There are multiple types of motor oil, which can make it difficult to choose the right type of oil for your engine.  Let’s clear up some of the confusion.

Conventional Oil

Conventional oil is simply refined, crude oil.  Although synthetic oil is often considered superior to conventional oil, there are some advantages to using conventional oil in your engine.

First, conventional motor oil is cheaper than synthetic motor oil.  In fact, a synthetic motor oil change can cost three times more than a conventional motor oil change.  If you are looking for a cheap motor oil change, conventional oil may be a better option.

If your car is brand new, you may want to use conventional motor oil for a while.  New car engines require a break-in period of about 5,000 miles after they are manufactured and sold.  Manufacturers put in conventional motor oil when they assemble the car, so putting in synthetic motor oil too early may do more harm than good.

Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oil is refined, distilled, and broken down into its basic molecules.  This process removes impurities from the crude oil, and enables individual molecules in the oil to be engineered to suit the needs of modern engines.  In addition to the synthetic base oil, a blend of additives goes into the mix to create the final product: synthetic motor oil.  Synthetic motor oil keeps your engine cleaner than conventional motor oil, offers greater protection against engine wear, flows better in extreme temperatures, and protects critical turbocharger parts, which can spin upwards of 200,000 revolutions per minute.  Synthetic motor oil provides better protection than conventional oil, which can have a major impact on your engine.

High Mileage Oil

If your engine has more than 75,000 miles, switching to high mileage motor oil may be a good choice.  High mileage engines – engines with over 75,000 miles – face several common problems which high mileage motor oil is specifically formulated to address.  High mileage motor oil comes in synthetic types and conventional types.  For added protection, consider using a high mileage synthetic oil rather than a conventional oil.