You probably know that your car needs an oil change and oil filter replacement every three months or 5,000 kilometres (whichever comes first) but do you know how to go about it?
While you most likely leave the oil change for your mechanic (which is a good idea), knowing how to go about it will not only help you save money but can also add to your knowledge about cars. Here are all the things you should know about changing the oil of your car.
Short trips Have Significant Impacts On Your Car
While using your car for a quick daily commute may seem convenient, it can take a toll on your vehicle. Short trip driving takes a serious toll on motor oil because the engine never warms up enough to boil off the moisture and acids that accumulate inside the crankcase.
Be sure to get an oil change and replace the oil filter as recommended under the “severe service” maintenance interval listed in your owner’s manual.
What Advantage Does Synthetic Have Over Mineral?
While synthetic vehicle oils can be much more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, which often give you value for your investment. Not only can synthetic oil improve fuel economy and provide instant lubrication on start-up, it also tends to last longer between oil changes.
You may also want to consider synthetics if your vehicle has a supercharged engine, or you use it for towing, or you tend to be operated in extremely hot or cold climates.
Choosing The Right Oil For Your Car
A high motor oil viscosity number doesn’t necessarily give your car better protection. Consult the owner’s manual of your vehicle to ensure you’re buying the right oil based on your motor and driving conditions.
The Colour Is Important
When next you are having a look at your engine oil, pay close attention to the colour of the engine oil. If it’s milky brown, there is a possibility that there is coolant in the oil.
This condition can be caused by a blown head gasket, cracked casings, or a failed transmission cooler.
All of these cases will require the attention of a professional mechanic for immediate servicing.