NAPA AutoCare Centers of Dekalb County

Motor Oil KNOW HOW Tips

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Everyone has the same question pop into their head when they notice they are due for an oil change: “How many more miles can I go before I really have to do it?” Read these KNOW HOW tips to answer that age-old question and to cut down on those expensive mechanic bills:

WHY DOES YOUR VEHICLE NEED OIL MAINTENANCE?

If you wait too long to change out your oil, it will turn to jelly and will not be able to reach some parts of the engine. This can cause premature wearing, which would mean expensive engine repairs that could have been avoided.

KNOW HOW TIP #1 – PURPOSE OF OIL CHANGE

Proper routine maintenance of your motor oil not only allows your car to stay healthy and run longer, but it also helps you to avoid expensive repair bills. If your car is in need of TLC, visit your local NAPA AutoCare Center.

HOW OFTEN DOES YOUR VEHICLE NEED OIL MAINTENANCE? 

Your vehicle’s owner’s manual and/or oil life monitoring system lets you know when it is time to change your oil. Driving conditions can shorten your oil maintenance schedule. These conditions include:

Owner’s Manual: Your car’s owner’s manual provides mileage and time frame maintenance intervals between oil changes. Typically, the owner’s manual will provide instructions and a diagram for checking your oil.
Oil Life Monitoring System: Majority of vehicles have oil life monitoring systems that alerts you when an oil change is needed. Usually this monitoring system factors in all the conditions that shorten your oil maintenance schedule.
KNOW HOW TIP #2 – OIL MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

When the oil maintenance light comes on or you reach the mileage/time frame maintenance interval, you should change your oil within 1-2 weeks. If you are in need of an oil change or have any questions about your vehicle’s maintenance schedule, visit your local NAPA AutoCare Center.

 

WHAT IS MOTOR OIL? WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF OIL? 

It is important to know if your car uses synthetic or standard motor oil because it plays a role in the maintenance intervals.

Standard/Conventional Motor Oil: Standard motor oil, also known as conventional motor oil, is derived directly from crude oil. Its properties help the engine stay lubricated at high temperatures and maintain stability over time.
Synthetic Motor Oil: Synthetic motor oil begins as conventional motor oil that is modified to increase its protective and lubricative properties. Intervals for maintenance needed with synthetic oil tend to be longer than those used for standard.
KNOW HOW TIP #3 – MOTOR OIL

If you are unsure whether your car uses standard or synthetic, play it safe and use maintenance intervals for standard motor oil to ensure proper care. If you have questions about your vehicle’s motor oil or the type of motor oil your vehicle uses, visit your local NAPA AutoCare Center.