Changing the oil in your vehicle is as essential as filling it up with fuel. If you want your car to continue to operate efficiently, you have to maintain it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. With the introduction of synthetic oil blends and full synthetic oils compared to conventional oil, you can extend the time between each oil change and still protect your engine from average, day to day wear and tear. The hard fact is, avoiding regular maintenance will shorten the life of your vehicle’s engine and may even have an adverse effect on your warranty.
Using full synthetic oils offers car owners a few distinct advantages. Synthetic oils don’t break down as quickly as traditional oils so they provide longer lasting protection. Synthetic oils produce fewer emissions that are considered to be harmful to the environment. Another benefit of synthetic oil is that it runs cleaner than traditional oils. As traditional oil is exposed to high temperatures, it breaks down creating sludge and buildup throughout the engine. Synthetics don’t break down when exposed to high temperatures, making them less likely to produce any type of build-up or residue.
An oil change that uses only traditional motor oil, may only protect your engine for about 3,000 miles. Using a high-quality synthetic motor oil can extend that to anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 miles if you are diligent when it comes to regular maintenance. Most manufacturers recommend changing your oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles depending on how often you drive your vehicle and whether or not you use traditional motor oil. With the introduction of synthetic motor oils, those numbers are dramatically higher.
If you have questions about your maintenance schedule, talk to your local service center. They will be able to tell you what the manufacturer recommends for the make and model of your vehicle and the type of oil you normally use during your oil and filter changes. They can recommend what type of oil (traditional, synthetic blend or full synthetic) is best for your vehicle and how often you should be bringing your car in for routine servicing.
If you live in Dearborn, Michigan or any of the surrounding communities, visit LaFontaine Volkswagen today to schedule your next synthetic oil and filter change, Front Brake Service or even Engine Air Filter Replacement. Their factory trained and certified technicians service all makes and models of vehicles and offer a multi-point service inspection. Proper maintenance by trained professionals is always the way to go!