For proper engine operation, every motor vehicle must have quality correct and clean engine oil. Therefore, regular oil control and change, as well as regular oil filter replacement, is required to extend the life of the engine. The main role of engine oil is to lubricate moving parts to reduce friction between engine parts. It cools the engine, maintains compression and cleanliness of the engine, but also provides engine protection against corrosion.
When it comes to oil change intervals, estimates vary. How do we know what is right?
The oil change interval relies on several factors, which is why almost everyone seems to have a different answer to the question of how often we should change the oil. Information on the factors that affect the purity of the oil can help you make the right choice when it is time to replace oil. Most car manufacturers recommend changing the oil every 10 to 15 thousand miles, though some still say that it is best to change the oil every 7000 miles. The type of engine oil, the age, and power of your vehicle, as well as your driving habits, determine when to replace the engine oil.
Aggressive driving is a major factor in reducing the oil change interval.
If you are driving in extreme conditions (extremely warm or cold), traffic jams that often stop and move, tow a trailer, ride on dirt roads – you will need to change the oil more often. If you have been driving the car for some time, the oil change should be more frequent than how much you changed the oil while the car was new. Over time, the compressed mixture of fuel and air begins to leak on the engine. Semi-synthetic and synthetic oils are recommended for longer life and better engine performance.
To determine how often you need to change the engine oil in your car,
you should check the instruction manual or speak with an expert who will best advise you on oil changes. Ideally, you should always use oil from the same manufacturer so that you do not mix the oils. If you are not able to top up with the same engine oil, it must always be engine oil of the same grade and base. Keep in mind that a mixture of two quality engine oils can create one very low-quality engine oil that will only harm your car. Changing the oil is very important, and that is why it is the responsibility of every driver to take care of it. Replacing the oil in older cars is a more common need, to keep the car’s performance at the highest level and avoid contingencies on the road. Make a habit of checking the oil level at least once a month to make sure there is no leakage or excessive combustion. If the level is not high enough, reach for oil. Good oil should be clear black and brown, though the color is not the only indicator of quality. If the oil is dark and opaque, it is probably time to replace it.