Everyone should know that getting your oil changed is an important part of car maintenance. At Johnson City Toyota, we understand that having a well-maintained car makes your life a little bit easier and run more smoothly. When you don’t keep up with maintenance, it could cause more trouble than it’s worth, making you miss important events or appointments.
One of the most simple things that you can do for your vehicle to maintain it is get your oil changed. It’s essential for almost every vehicle, that’s why we provide so many oil change specials. Check out these guidelines below about how often you should be getting your oil changed.
"Get your oil changed after 3,000 miles" was once the mantra of mechanics and car owners everywhere. Today, however, things have changed. While 3,000 miles was a good guideline for older cars, mechanics are mostly in consensus today that the number has increased for most models manufactured in the year 2008 or later. The reason for this is that both engine and oil technology have since improved. The new recommended mileage is somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,500, although older models should stick to a lower threshold, like 5,000. Six months is a good general time frame, so that you can also have your car inspected for other services it may need.
Experts also say that the type of driving you do and the climate you live in can also affect how often you should get your oil changed. A city-dweller may need to have their oil changed more often because the frequent starting and stopping and short driving distance works the engine hard without giving the oil a chance warm up enough to work at full capacity. Colder climates also lead to poor oil-functionality for the same reason.
At the end of the day, the best idea is to trust your manufacturer's judgment. Nobody knows your car better than the ones who designed and built it. Check your owner's manual to figure out when your particular model should have its oil changed, along with other routine services.
These are essentially just guidelines to give you a better idea about scheduling. Ultimately, the best source to consult would be a mechanic specializing in your car's manufacturer. No two cars are alike, so an expert opinion is always the best option.
Interested in getting your vehicle's oil changed or having another routine service performed? At Johnson City Toyota, our service technicians are happy to serve you. Stop by today for your service at 3124 Bristol HWY Johnson City, TN 37601. We look forward to serving our customers from Johnson City, TN, and throughout Bristol and Kingsport!