Whether your car is new or old, big or small, there is one thing that we can all agree on, it will need oil services if you want it to last a long time. A regular oil service is a vital part of the routine maintenance program your car needs.
An oil service, complete with a new oil and oil filter, will provide your engine with many benefits:
- Improved gas mileage. Regular oil service will provide better lubrication and will reduce friction in the engine allowing it to work less hard.
- Better performance. Not only does clean oil give you better gas mileage, but the friction reducing properties of clean oil will help your engine run smoothly and perform better.
- Long engine life. Regular oil services will allow your car’s engine to last longer and need fewer internal repairs saving you a lot of money. Regular oil changes will fight friction and premature wear of internal parts.
- Cleaner emissions. Clean oil will help absorb some of the dirty particles inside your engine that would normally exit through the exhaust and enter our atmosphere causing the air that we breathe to become dirt and polluted.
As a general rule of thumb you should perform an oil service every 6,000 miles. That would be under ideal driving circumstances where you don’t have stop-and-go traffic or are driving for extending periods of time in excessively hot or cold climates. Most of us drive under what is known as “severe duty” driving conditions and should service our oil as recommended by our technicians.
As the miles rack up on your engine, the oil services should become more frequent to help protect your engine and keep it on the road. Not servicing your oil often enough can lead to a loss in performance and fuel economy as well as increased oil consumption.
If you are unsure about when to have your car’s oil serviced, stop in to GIC Car Clinic in San Jose, California and ask us. One of our experts will be able to set up an oil service schedule for you based on your car’s age, mileage and your driving habit.