Many car and truck owners want to wait longer between oil changes and vehicle maintenance, but worry that it can affect the performance or longevity of their vehicle. This is perhaps the number one argument between vehicle owners: how often is it necessary to change that oil? And even though car makers may recommend you do an oil change from 5,000 to 10,000 miles, is that really because oil last thats long, or is there another underlying reason?
Conflicting Advice Between Car Manufacturers
There are some car makers who are claiming it's fine to change your oil every 10,000 miles or more, while some recommend you do it at 5,000. It can be tempting to buy that vehicle off the lot when you don't have to perform oil changes as often. But can it be that the car manufacturers are simply trying to sell more vehicles? While it may seem like auto manufacturers are just trying to sell more cars, this isn't actually the case. In reality, modern day oils and vehicle manufacturing is much better than it was in the past which allows for longer drain intervals. Also know that not every make and model are the same. Differences in vehicle type, engine type, and intended use can change the suggested oil change interval.
Most Service Repair Shops Recommend 5,000 Miles
Dealership service departments, auto centers, and independent repair shops often recommend oil changes every 5,000 miles. Car makers usually suggest that their vehicles have improved design and construction than the vehicles of the past century, so they can go longer between lube changes. The best thing to do is to create a maintenance plan with one of the service advisors at Austin's Automotive Specialists. We'll take into account your vehicle's age, make, model, and how you drive it. With this information, we'll craft an individualized oil change schedule.
What's Your Vehicle's Warranty?
You may wish to check your vehicle's warranty. It's possible that warranty repairs may be refused if you can't produce records that you've done the required oil changes and vehicle maintenance. Generally, a good rule to follow is that you change your oil within the manufacturer's recommend service intervals, or more often. If you have questions about your vehicle warranty, we would highly recommend reading the user manual, or calling us for help.
Have a look at your vehicle's mileage and if you can't remember the last time you had the oil change, then give us a call at Austin's Automotive Specialists for your next oil change in Hutto, TX.