Owning a vehicle isn’t just about knowing how to drive it. There are some responsibilities that ownership entails. These include basic care and maintenance. Without these two, the life of your vehicle may be dramatically shortened, even if you owned a make and model known for its longevity.
One of the most important parts of maintenance — and also one of the easiest to do — is to change your motor oil.
Don’t Neglect the Oil
There’s a reason oil changes are always part of every car maintenance list. Oil lubricates the engine, removes buildup and debris, and cools the motor. Don’t use just any oil, though. You have to know the right type and viscosity for your car (you’ll find it in your manual).
Depending on different factors like the type of engine, the weather conditions in your country, and your driving style, your oil will need replacement after a certain period. Modern vehicles have a warning system that tells you when the motor oil is nearing the end of its life. You may also follow the schedule in your manual.
DIY Oil Change
You can pay a service centre to change your oil, but you may be able to save some cash by learning how to do it yourself. Many car owners prefer doing it on their own, as they’ll grab any opportunity to work on their car. Actually, it’s pretty easy to do it. This video by YouTuber Chrisfix is one of the best you can find online.
Waste Petroleum Combustion Limited reminds to make sure that you collect the used oil, as it’s harmful to the environment. You can call for a free oil pick up to be sure that it’s disposed of in a responsible manner.
There’s a myth that you should replace your engine oil every 3,000 miles or every three months, whichever comes first. That may have been true for vehicles back in the day, but modern cars don’t need that. Modern motor oils are also a lot better than their older counterparts. The best way to tell when you need to change your motor oil is when the oil life warning comes on or whatever schedule your owner’s manual gives you.