Regular oil changes are essential for maintaining the health and longevity of your vehicle's engine. Unfortunately, there are many myths surrounding oil changes that can lead to confusion and improper maintenance. In this blog, we'll debunk some of the most common oil change myths and provide you with accurate information on how to properly care for your car.
Myth #1: You Need to Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles
This idea is perhaps the most widely believed oil change myth. While it used to be true that cars required an oil change every 3,000 miles, advance in engine technology and synthetic oils have made this outdated advice. Most cars can now go 5,000 to 7,500 miles between oil changes, and some cars can even go up to 15,000 miles. Consult your vehicle's owner's manual or your mechanic for the recommended oil change intervals for your car.
Myth #2: You Can't Change Your Oil in Cold Weather
While it's true that oil becomes thicker in colder temperatures, making it more difficult to flow, it doesn't mean you can't change your oil in the winter. Your mechanic can use a specialized oil that is designed for use in colder temperatures. It's important to get your oil changed on schedule, regardless of the weather.
Myth #3: You Need to Change Your Oil Filter Every Time You Get an Oil Change
While it's true that the oil filter should be changed regularly, it doesn't necessarily need to be done every time you get an oil change. The filter should be replaced every 10,000 to 15,000 miles or as recommended by your vehicle's owner's manual. However, if the filter is damaged or excessively dirty, it should be changed during your next oil change.
Myth #4: You Should Always Use Synthetic Oil
While synthetic oil does have some benefits, such as better performance in extreme temperatures and longer intervals between oil changes, it's not always necessary. Conventional oil is still a good option for many cars, and your vehicle's owner's manual will tell you which type of oil is recommended for your vehicle. If you're unsure, talk to your mechanic about which type of oil is best for your vehicle.
Please remember not to fall for these common oil change myths. Feel free to consult with your mechanic at Lorentz Automotive if you have any questions or concerns about your vehicle's maintenance. We can help you with all your automotive needs, including oil changes.