Vehicle Maintenance 101 – Oil

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Regular oil changes can help optimize the performance and fuel economy of your car, truck, or SUV. Many older-model vehicles, including those manufactured without or before the creation of the Oil Life Monitoring System, require oil changes at 3,000-mile intervals. However, thanks to advances in engine and engine oil technologies, newer models can have a longer range between oil changes.

It’s a good idea to periodically check your oil level. In order to get an accurate reading, the oil must be warm, at normal operating temperature, and the vehicle must be on level ground. Always consult your vehicle’s owner manual for the proper procedure to check your oil level. You’ll get a more accurate dipstick reading by following those instructions.

Q: What do I need to do when my “Change Engine Oil Soon” message displays?

A: When the “Change Engine Oil Soon” message appears, oil change service is necessary for the vehicle as soon as possible, within the next 600 miles.Based on driving conditions, the mileage at which an oil change is indicated can vary considerably.  For the oil life system to work properly, the system must be reset every time the oil is changed.

Q: How can I be sure to get the correct type of motor oil for my vehicle?

A:  Consult your vehicle’s owners manual to be sure you get the proper oil for your vehicle. For 2011 or newer vehicles, full synthetic oil is the recommended oil specification over conventional motor oil include because of synthetic oil’s improved oil performance and protection, increased piston cleanliness, reduced oil consumption, and greater viscosity control.

Q: Does regularly changing my oil filter help with the life of my engine?

A: Yes, because it helps ensure your engine is lubricated with clean oil which can help provide optimal engine performance. See your vehicle owner’s manual for the recommended oil change interval, or follow the oil life monitoring system, if equipped.

Q: Do I need a new filter every time I get an oil change?

A: Yes, having your oil and oil filter changed, at least as often as recommended by the manufacturer, is important.

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