There are two main factors you will need to consider whenever looking at the frequency that you will need to change your oil. You will need to consider whether you are using regular motor oil or synthetic oil. You will also need to pay attention to the way that you drive your vehicle. While there is a basic formula, there are also many ways that you will be able to get more from your oil based on your specific needs as a driver. This will help you to be able to get better performance as well as making sure that you will be able to get a longer engine life.
The standard for using regular oil is to replace it every 3,000 miles or every three months. The thing to remember is that the engine will not be able to use old oil because it will seize up in a few different ways. The dirt from the oil can cause vital parts to not be able to function properly. It can also cause the engine to develop leaks which will burn and smoke. Always make sure that you are logging when your last oil change was so that you will be able to get new oil as soon as it is needed.
Those who use synthetic oil may not know that they are actually getting a product that will last twice as long. The standards include 6,000 miles and six months. This is because the quality of the oil is higher and it does not have the tendency for breaking down as fast as regular oil does. This is the only kind of oil, which can be used in some vehicles. High performance engines will not be able to use regular oil because it has too low of a smoke point. Since high performance engines are hotter, they require the synthetic oil.
Keep in mind that the harder you drive your vehicle, the more it will be necessary for you to change the oil. Those driving every day in traffic will need to get their oil changed more often. The effect that the weather and the driving have on the oil is to cause the oil to break down even faster than normal. Naturally, the oil will have to suit the climate in in order to make sure that the engine is performing correctly. You can bring the vehicle in and we can help recommend what type of oil is beneficial for your vehicle.