Three Things to Know about Changing Your Vehicle's Oil

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To extend the life of your vehicle and keep it running smoothly and efficiently, regularly scheduled oil changes are a must. By frequently changing oil, with products such as partner Valvoline formulate and provide, you are helping reduce friction and preventing the wear and tear on the variety of moving parts that impact an engine’s performance.


In order to keep your vehicle’s maintenance schedule on track, here are three things you should keep in mind when it comes to changing the oil in your vehicle(s):

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  • A WISE TALE? If you own or lease a vehicle, somebody somewhere has said that you need to change your oil every 3,000 miles. In fact, some believe this directive was a late add to the Bill of Rights. However, reality is a bit more complicated. With modern day advancements in both engine and vehicle technology, oil-change frequency can vary based on the make and model, type of oil used and the conditions in which you drive (examples: daily commutes in cold vs. long drives to the beach). The current recommendation for most standard vehicles is to change your oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, or every SIX months, whichever comes first. While 3,000 miles still may be recommended for certain vehicles, we highly suggest you check your owner’s manual or consult with a Hendrick Automotive Group service advisor to verify your specific needs. 
  • IS SYNTHETIC OIL REALLY BETTER? Synthetics are another option to consider when it comes time to change your vehicle’s oil. While more expensive, these highly viscous, long-life options can protect your engine for up to 20,000 miles in between oil changes. These products are lab created utilizing chemically modified petroleum components, which affords your vehicle’s engine a higher level of lubrication versus more conventional products. These oils are A) less likely to break down; B) more resistant to oxidizing or acidifying; C) with higher stability rates over traditional base oils. If you choose to go this route, it is still important to check in with a Hendrick Automotive Group service advisor to ensure your engine is maintaining smooth and efficient operation. 
  • HIGH MILEAGE OPTIONS: If your vehicle has crossed the 75,000-mile mark, you may want to explore higher mileage products. With additives and seal enhancers formulated to stop leaks, high-mileage oil reduce those annoying garage or driveway spots while decreasing your engine’s ability to unnecessarily burn oil. These enhanced products have additives designed to swell gaskets and seals, reducing the amount of seepage, which results in lower consumption. They also contain detergents designed to remove unwanted engine sludge. If you have any questions, consult with a Hendrick Automotive Group service advisor for the latest advice on if high-mileage options are right for you. 
In summary, we recommend that you stay on top of your vehicle's needs by regularly changing oil. If you treat your car right, read your owner's manual and consult with your Hendrick Automotive Group service advisor, you should enjoy many years of happy driving.