Oil eventually starts to turn into
jelly. Literally – petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages
and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine,
causing parts to wear out prematurely. And that means
expensive engine repairs.
That’s why you need to change the oil and oil filter on
schedule – to get the old oil out before it turns to
sludge. Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how
many miles you can go between oil changes. They also usually
have a number of months between recommended oil changes. That’s
because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down
Ask our Service Advisor at
Sparks Tire & Auto for a recommendation for time and mileage, but you need to remember that it’s based on using
the recommended weight of oil. And if your vehicle came from the factory with synthetic oil, the recommended
intervals assume you continue to use synthetic.
Also how you drive around in
our St. Louis Missouri suburban street
can have a big effect. Most owner’s manuals will have a list of
driving conditions that are harder on your vehicle.
Things like stop and go driving during rush hour on I-70, short trips to St. Peters or driving in very hot or very cold weather, heavy loads
and towing. If some of your driving fits this, you may need to
change your oil and do other maintenance on a shorter schedule.
This may sound complicated. Some
vehicles have an oil life calculator that
takes all of these factors into account and tells you when you
should change your oil. Otherwise, talk with our Service
about how you drive and get
their recommendation for when to take care of your service.
Finally, if any of the steering or
suspension parts can be lubed, our technicians will take care of that with a
lube, oil and filter service. Look for our monthly specials for discounts on these services.
Cheaper to Change Your Oil than to Change Your Engine!