Oil changes are a quick, easy way to keep your Toyota in tip-top shape for years. Changing the oil is one of the most basic car maintenance tasks, but it’s also one of the most important.
The engine of your car has numerous parts rubbing together to create energy. This energy, and the friction used to create it, makes your engine extremely hot when it’s running. The oil provides essential lubrication to keep these parts moving smoothly.
To know exactly how often you should change your oil, consult your owner’s manual. While conventional wisdom used to state oil changes should happen every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, it really depends on the type of oil you use and your driving habits.
For example, if you happen to use synthetic oil, you can usually go between 7,000 and 10,000 miles between oil changes. However, if you have a lot of cold starts, deal with extreme heat, make many trips under four miles, or do a good deal of towing, you’ll need to have your oil changed more often since all these factors can shorten oil life.
There are four main types of engine oils available today: synthetic, synthetic blend, high mileage, and conventional. Synthetic oil is made from man-made materials. While it’s the most expensive of the four, you don’t have to change it as often. Synthetic blend combines synthetic and conventional engine oil and is best for vehicles that regularly carry heavy loads. High-mileage motor oil is made for vehicles that have more than 75,000 miles on them. Finally, conventional oil is made from crude oil pulled from the ground and is usually the least expensive option.
While changing the oil in your car is a task you can do on your own, there are many advantages to bringing your car in to Priority Toyota Springfield and having an oil change technician do the job for you. While changing the oil, our trained professionals will also check other important fluids in your vehicle. Additionally, they’ll do a visual inspection of the basic safety equipment on your vehicle, including the tire pressure, lights, and wiper blades.