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Oil is the backbone of your motor. It decreases grinding, reduces wear, and protects internal motor parts. Help your motor run productively, maximize fuel economy, minimize power loss, and prolong the life of your car? We recommend changing your oil at the vehicle manufacturer's suggested intervals of automotive service.
TYPES OF MOTOR OILS WE USE
Conventional motor oil - is derived from crude oil with a variety of additives.
Synthetic motor oil - full synthetic oil protects your engine better than conventional oil due to the purity and uniform molecular structure of these man-made ingredients -- with added environmental benefits. Cost-saving synthetic blend oils are also available.
High mileage motor oil - contains anti-wear additives to prolong engine life in vehicles with 75,000 miles or more. It's available in conventional, synthetic blend, and full synthetic oil formulas.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR OIL & FILTER?
For vehicles made in the past decade or so, auto manufactures usually recommend changing the oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, with even higher intervals for certain models. Most owner's manuals now specify a synthetic blend or full synthetic oil with these longer oil change intervals. For older vehicles, manufacturers recommend changing the oil every 3,000 miles for many older vehicles and certain engine types. The 3,000-mile oil change might be a sensible tradition when choosing to use conventional oil.
We recommend always checking your manual - and heed your vehicle's oil change reminder if it triggers between oil changes, regardless of the old adage of every 3,000-miles. (On some vehicles, it takes your actual driving patterns into account.) And if you aren't reaching the mileage guideline each year, follow your manual's timed oil change interval instead.
INDICATORS YOUR VEHICLE NEEDS AN OIL CHANGE
These are a few indicators that will tell you it's time for an oil and filter change:
Your dashboard oil reminder: In newer vehicles, this light or text message takes your actual driving conditions into account.
Dark oil on your dipstick: Fresh engine oil is transparent and light brown or amber. Dirty oil is dark brown or black -- and too opaque to see through.
Overheating: Poor lubrication also makes your engine work harder, which can generate excess heat.
Grinding or tapping noises in the engine compartment: these may be the dreaded "metal on metal" sounds, warning you that your oil level is too low to protect your engine.