There are quite a few moving parts within an engine, and those parts get hot, like really hot. One way to help dissipate some of this heat is engine oil. It is what keeps your vehicle running smooth, clean, and not on the side of the road locked up, which costs a fortune to get fixed. The oil also helps to keep the engine clean from gunk and grime that can build up over time in the different compartments. All in all, oil is one of the most key components to keeping you out on the road.
Over time, some things change within an industry. Within the synthetic oil industry, there have been major advances over the past fifteen years. The philosophy behind oil changes, as a result, has had to make a change. The conventional wisdom was to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles; however, this is no longer the case. Nowadays, you can get much more mileage out of the oil that you put into your vehicle, which saves you time and money. The new standard for vehicles varies due to the difference between city and highway driving. If you tend to have shorter drives around Dickson, Bellevue, Fairview, Nashville, or Franklin, TN on a daily basis, then it is best to get your oil changed shorter time (an estimated 5,000 miles) than those of you who tend to drive longer distances on a daily basis (an estimated 7,000 miles). However, conditions are seldom ideal and some cars use oil more efficiently or worse, so your mileage may vary.
When it comes to choosing what type of oil to put in your car, it is very tempting to get the cheapest oil that you can find to put into your engine, but it is not recommended to do so. It will ultimately cost you more to put the cheaper oil into your engine due to the fact that the higher-grade oils tend to elongate the time between oil changes. It is recommended to talk with your local mechanic at Alexander Chevrolet Buick GMC and consult your owner's manual to see which would be best for your vehicle. When it comes time to get your oil changed, schedule your oil change appointment online or come on by our service center at Alexander Chevrolet Buick GMC today!