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Do You Know When It's Time For an Oil Change?

When you got your first car, someone probably drilled the importance of proper maintenance into your head. Maybe it was your father, or even your grandmother, but someone probably made sure you knew to have your oil changed every 3,000 miles. Times have changed, though, and that is no longer necessary. Now, many automakers recommend waiting between 5,000 and 15,000 miles before you change your oil. Modern technology, higher-quality lubricants and better engine craftsmanship have increased the life of your car's oil.

Your owner's manual will tell you how often your vehicle should have its oil changed. If the car is less than five years old, it probably will not need an oil change for at least 5,000 miles. When it does come time for the oil change, though, don't wait. The more you drive, the dirtier the oil gets, preventing it from lubricating the engine properly. It increases friction and raises the car's operating temperature, which results in the engine wearing out quickly. The only instances where oil changes may be necessary after 3,000 miles are when you're driving under extreme conditions regularly or if your car is more than 10 years old.

When you bring your vehicle to our Ford dealership in Yarmouth, we will happily change your oil quickly and offer advice on the best type of oil for your vehicle. There are a lot of choices that will affect the engine's performance, so consult your owner's manual to see what the manufacturer recommends. Here are a few quick tips to get you started:

  • Base oil lubricates the vehicle's engine, reducing friction and preventing excessive wear and tear.
  • Base oil is not enough to maintain an engine alone, so additives help protect the engine. These can include detergents, rust and corrosion inhibitors, antioxidants, anti-wear additives and viscosity-index improvers.
  • Oil needs to be the proper viscosity, or thickness, to lubricate your engine through all temperatures and seasons.
  • Motor oil's viscosity is based on its number, such as 5W-20. The first number rates the oil's flow at zero degrees Fahrenheit, and the "W" stands for winter. The second number is the oil's viscosity at 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Our Service Department uses multi-grade, conventional, Synthetic Blend, and Full-Synthetic oil options. We will have exactly the right oil for your specific vehicle, weather conditions and driving needs.