Oil Change Tips
It is recommended that you get an Oil Change on your vehicle every 5,000 km for regular oil and every 10,000 km for synthetic oil. Checking and changing the oil is essential to keep today's engines working properly and efficiently. Check the oil level with the engine and the car parked on a flat surface. Open the hood, remove the dipstick, wipe off with a cloth towel or paper, then back into the oil tank. Pull it again and see if the level is within the acceptable range marked on the dipstick. If you add the oil yourself, do not over fill. Over filling can damage the engine.
Most automobile manufacturers recommend every 5,000 km or six months. If your vehicle uses synthetic oil, it is recommended to change your oil every 10,000 km or six months.
What most of us think is "normal" driving is actually "severe service" driving. This includes frequent short trips (less than 25 km, especially in cold weather), stop-and-go city traffic driving, driving in dusty conditions (gravel roads, etc), and sustained highway driving speed during the warm season. For this type of driving behavior, the recommendation is to change the oil every 5,000 km or six months.
For maximum protection, most oil companies say to change the oil every 5,000 km or six months regardless of what type of driving you do. Regular oil changes for preventative maintenance are simple preventative maintenance against engine wear, and will always save you money in the long run as your car ages. It's very uncommon to see an engine that has been well maintained with regular oil changes develop major bearing, ring, cam or valve problems.
What About The Oil Filter?
The oil filters on most engines today have been downsized to save weight, cost and space. The "standard" quart-sized filter that was once common on most engines has been replaced by a pint-sized (or smaller) filter. Even so, the little filters should be adequate for a 5,000 km oil change intervals -- but may run out of capacity long before a second oil change at 10,000 km.
Replacing the oil filter every time the oil is changed now standard practice for professional auto service providers.
If you do your own oil changes, make sure you get the correct filter for your engine. Follow the filter manufacturer's listings in its catalog. Many filters that look the same on the outside have different internal valving. Many overhead cam engines, for example, require an "anti-drainback" valve in the filter to prevent oil from draining out of the filter when the engine is shut off. This allows oil pressure to reach critical engine parts more quickly when the engine is restarted. Filters that are mounted sideways on the engine typically require an anti-drainback valve.
Used motor oil should be disposed of properly. The best way to dispose of used motor oil is to bring it to an authorized automotive facility for recycling.Your old oil will either be rerefined into other lubricants or petroleum products, or used as a secondary fuel source.
Do not dump used motor oil on the ground, down a drain, into a storm sewer or place it in the trash. Many landfills will not accept used motor oil even if it is in a sealed container because it will eventually leak out into the ground. Service facilities that do oil changes all have storage tanks and recycling programs to dispose of used oil.
It is recommended that you get an Oil Change on your vehicle every 5,000 km for regular oil and every 10,000 km for synthetic oil. Checking and changing the oil is essential to keep today's engines working properly and efficiently.