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Don’t put off an oil change

When should I get an oil change?

Here’s an age-old question that tends to spark a lot of controversy: when should I get an oil change? Everyone has a differing opinion, but the fact of the matter is that it entirely depends on a number of key factors. We’ll cover some of those below and let you know when it’s time for you to change the oil in your car!

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mechanic posing in front of vehicleWhy do I need an oil change?

It may seem tempting to just ignore your vehicle’s scheduled oil change. We get it; oil changes often leave you with an awkward stretch of time to kill as you’re waiting in the shop for the oil change to be finished. These are necessary measures for your vehicle, though. The oil acts as a lubricant in the engine, helping reduce friction among moving parts while also absorbing some of the heat. Over time, the oil will get dirty and lose some of its viscosity. When this happens, you’ll need to change the oil to keep everything functioning correctly.

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When to get an oil change

Newer vehicles will need an oil change every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, depending on the driving conditions and driver’s habit. For drivers who put on a lot of miles in extreme hot or cold temperatures, city miles, or drivers who drive more aggressively, oil changes will need to be more frequent. For drivers who are more conservative, put on most of their miles on the highway, and who drive in mild temperatures, oil changes won’t need to be as frequent. Opting for synthetic motor oil instead of conventional motor oil will allow you to go up to 10,000 miles before needing an oil change.

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Be sure you’re staying on top of your vehicle’s maintenance needs, as ignoring them could shorten its lifespan. If you need an oil change or any other automotive service, get in touch with our team here at Posner Park today!