If you’ve done your research, you’re probably still left scratching your head. Nobody seems to have a definitive answer on when you should get your oil changed. Some swear by frequent changes while others, regardless of vehicle, stick with what their scheduled maintenance guide says.
So, what’s with all the confusion?
We’ve all heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Oil changes are one of the most affordable preventative measures you can take to extend the life of your vehicle. It makes sense that people would want to protect their investment and avoid paying more down the road in unnecessary engine repairs by scheduling regular oil changes.
Misconceptions about oil changes
It’s a misconception that oil changes should take place when a certain mileage or time limit is reached. Your car’s engine doesn’t live by a calendar. Meaning, if your car is sitting, there is less need to replace the engine oil. If you’re driving regularly, however, you should consider in other factors besides mileage. For example, where and how you drive your vehicle will influence your need for an oil change. Weather can also impact your vehicle, including extreme heat or cold temperatures. Driving through areas with lots of dust, sand, and other debris can pollute your oil and affect your engine.
Putting off changing your oil
Probably the worst thing you could do is put off changing your oil. By not acting, your vehicle’s oil will begin to gunk up and attach itself to cooler parts of the engine, causing damage to vital parts like the crankcase, camshafts, and valves. Continuous driving will create carbon deposits, or sludge, coming out of the old oil and contaminating your engine.
This would lead to expensive engine cleaning or force you to replace vital parts. In the end, having to pay for a few high-quality oil changes versus paying for multiple engine repairs is preferable. You should seriously consider regular oil changes, if not for anything else, as insurance for the longevity of your vehicle’s engine.
The worst thing you could do is write off getting an oil change as an inconvenience or a hassle. In fact, an oil change from a certified service technician shouldn’t take more than a half hour to complete. Quite honestly, if you value your time and money, the benefits of having your oil changed quite honestly will far outweigh the price you will pay if you don’t. Paying a few bucks for an oil change is a whole lot cheaper than paying for an entirely new engine. If your car needs an oil change and are located in the greater San Diego area then stop by or schedule an appointment at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego’s Service Center.