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How often should I change my oil?

oil filterMost vehicle manufacturers recommend changing the engine oil every 3 months or 5000 km in passenger car and light truck gasoline engines. If you are using synthetic oil, it can be extended to every 6 months or 10,000 km. (regular oil vs synthetic oil)

The importance of regular oil changes are pounded into us. Quick change lube facilities have popped up all over. People are trying to get in and get out. The 15 minute oil change is often promised, however, what are we giving up in order to achieve this speedy alternative. (oil change difference)

We are having the oil changed and the fluids inspected, but thats all. We may be overlooking the most important issues that may indeed save us money in the long run, the inspection.

As an engine accumulates kilometers, wear occurs and blowby increases. This dumps more unburned fuel into the crankcase which dilutes the oil. This causes the oil to break down. So if the oil isn't changed often enough, you can end up with accelerated wear and all the engine problems that come with it (loss of performance and fuel economy, and increased emissions and oil consumption).
 

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