What motor oil is right for my vehicle?
Choosing the correct motor oil for your car, light truck or SUV should be done after consulting your vehicle owner’s manual. Our oil change experts can help with the decision as well. Newer vehicles may require full-synthetic motor oil, but not always. Some new cars still require either semi-synthetic or conventional motor oil for complete protection. Vehicles with more than 75,000 engine miles may benefit from using a high mileage motor oil.
What is the difference between semi-synthetic and full-synthetic motor oil?
Semi-synthetic engine oil is a mixture of synthetic and mineral engine oil, and full-synthetic oil is entirely artificial. Semi-synthetic motor oil offers better engine protection than mineral oil but not all the benefits of full-synthetic. Full-synthetic motor oil changes are more expensive than semi-synthetic oil changes.
What can happen if I don’t have my oil changed regularly?
Routinely driving longer than the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation between oil changes will shorten the life of your engine. Neglecting oil changes completely can lead to engine failure as motor parts will wear out without the lubricating and heat transferring properties of oil. Have your vehicle’s oil changed at intervals directed by the owner’s manual.
Why does my oil filter need to be changed and how often should it be replaced?
Oil filters remove harmful dust and debris from your motor oil. If your oil filter is worn or clogged, unfiltered dust and debris will begin to build up in your motor oil and cause wear on engine parts. Your oil filter should be changed at every oil service interval.
How often should you change your oil?
Understanding how often to change oil depends on the individual vehicle. Drivers generally make an appointment for oil change service every 3,000-5,000 miles, or around every 3-6 months. We recommend changing your oil within your vehicle manufacturer scheduled maintenance mileage interval or oil life.