Questions about oil changes don’t always have straight answers. How often should you change your oil? What about the oil filter? What kind of oil should you use?
Here you’ll find a list of common DIY oil change questions and the answers you need to maintain your car efficiently:
Q: How often do I need to change my oil?
This may be the most common question we get concerning oil changes. A good rule to follow is to change your oil every 3,000 miles, but some cars require fewer or more miles between changes. The best rule of thumb is to check your manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations and follow them as closely as you can.
Q: Is synthetic oil better?
Synthetic oil is designed to perform better than conventional oil, but its higher price tag turns some car owners off. The choice is ultimately yours, but we recommend considering how often you change your oil. If you tend to let your odometer go above the recommended miles, synthetic oil can help protect your engine longer. If you’re more diligent about oil changes, conventional oil can help you save some money.
Q: Can I switch brands during an oil change?
As long as the oil you’re considering meets the standards in your owner’s manual, it’s fine to switch brands of oil. It’s also okay to switch between synthetic and conventional oil. If you aren’t sure whether you should switch your oil brand or type, talk with your mechanic.
Q: How often should I change my oil filter?
Most mechanics recommend changing your oil filter every other time you have your oil changed (or about every 7,500 miles). Neglecting to change your filter can cause your oil to get dirty, and your engine could suffer for it.
If you’re due for an oil change, Platte City Airport-Chrysler offers fast and reliable services for the Platte City and Kansas City metro areas. Head over to our auto repair and parts page today to view our services and schedule an appointment.