Oil is like your car’s lifeblood. It keeps the engine from breaking down and allows you to travel at will. It’s vital to keep your oil at a workable stage, which means that you need to take your car in for oil changes regularly—but how often is that?
Why Do I Need to Get My Oil Changed?
The reason you need to go in for oil changes is pretty simple: if you don’t, your engine will literally break. Your engine’s oil lubricates all of the moving parts that allow your engine to move your car down the road. Without oil (or with insufficient oil) the friction of your engine’s moving parts will rapidly wear it down and stop it working completely. Suffice to say, it’s pretty important to take care of your oil. Without it, you’ll be going nowhere fast.
How Often Do I Need an Oil Change?
Unfortunately there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to figure out when you need to go in for a change. The first thing you should do is take a look at your owner’s manual to check on the manufacturer’s recommendation. This will give you a good idea for how often you need to see a mechanic, but your individual driving habits are what will have the biggest impact on how often you need to go in. If you do lots of city driving, you’ll need to go in far more often than if you drive almost exclusively on the highway. City driving is harder on your engine than highway driving and it burns through your oil more quickly, so if you do a fair amount of driving in the city it’s wise to get you oil changed more often than you might otherwise.