Say this with us, regular and routine maintenance is the key to long-term success and a healthy, happy car. This is critical when thinking about oil changes. Not all motor oils were created the same, and they’re definitely not all equal. What kind of oil does your car need? How do you know? Let’s walk through this together.
A potentially loaded question – but most cars do have a light that signals when it’s time to get an oil change. Other signs are hearing a clanking noise down by your engine, poor gas mileage, and your car experiencing difficulty to start. This is why it’s crucial always to have your oil changed at regular mileage intervals, which varies based on the type of oil being used.
Your oil will either be synthetic or conventional oil. Both are made differently with synthetic additives for optimal performance.
Conventional oil changes are the classic, rule-of-thumb oil change every 3,000 miles. It is better designed for older cars with not too much mileage due to the lack of additives. If your car was built before 2011, there is a high chance it will need conventional oil. On the budget side, conventional oil is the most wallet-friendly.
Synthetic oil changes are for more modern cars built after 2011. There are different kinds of synthetic oil (semi and full) that depend on your car’s performance needs. These typically need the oil changed every 6,000 – 9,000 miles. Synthetic oil changes are more expensive than conventional. However, the synthetic additives make it so that it is able to support the needed performance from your vehicle.
For any model vehicle, we recommend checking with your owner’s manual for specifics on what kind of oil and what oil change frequency is needed to keep your car running smoothly.
Your oil acts as a lubricant as it passes through your engine to keep all of the working and moving parts from rubbing against each other. This keeps the engine from building up sludge and thus causing poor performance.
Is it time for an oil change near Chicago? Come book your oil change appointment with Jaguar Hinsdale today. Our team is stacked with factory-trained and certified technicians who can get the job done right and fast.