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No matter what type of vehicle you drive, one thing is for sure: it needs regular maintenance. Cars that see routine upkeep will live longer and perform better, and a large part of that upkeep is making sure you routinely check your oil level and get regular oil changes. Failing to get your vehicle’s oil changed regularly can affect not just the efficiency of your vehicle, but in the long run, it can cause serious damage if oil levels get too low and are allowed to stay that way for too long. Learn more about oil change service at Federico Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, your Alton-area CDJR-authorized service center and trust us with your Dodge oil change or Jeep oil change the next time around!
You’ve probably heard someone say that you should have your vehicle’s oil changed every 3,000 miles or so, but with automotive advancements in performance technology and materials, the average oil change interval is closer to 7,500 miles or every 6 months. The truth is that each model is unique and will run through oil at a different rate, and external factors like climate, road conditions, and driving habits also affect how frequently you need oil change service.
One way to get an idea of what your particular vehicle requires is to check the owner’s manual to see what it suggests, but the only way to really know whether or not your car needs an oil change is to bring it to a professional near Jerseyville or Granite City. Here at our Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership in Wood River, IL, our staff of expert technicians has the experience and know-how to help you hammer out the right oil-change schedule for your vehicle. We’ll gladly answer any questions you have and work with you to make sure you understand why regular oil changes are so vital.
A: Oil plays three main roles within the engine block. First, it lubricates all the metal parts to prevent them from damaging one another. Second, it helps remove excess heat that builds up over time due to the constant explosions taking place in the cylinders. Third, oil helps prevent carbon deposits from building up on the cooler parts of the engine.
Overall, oil is largely responsible for protecting your car’s engine. Without it, you’ll find yourself with a damaged, or destroyed, engine sooner rather than later. If you’ve ever seen how much an engine repair or replacement costs, changing your oil is a no-brainer.
A: When you should change your oil varies from vehicle to vehicle and automaker to automaker. To see when your vehicle needs an oil change, consult your owner’s manual. For the most part, most modern vehicles are good for an oil change every six months or 7,500 miles. Some luxury models can go longer without an oil change while some vehicles with turbocharged engines might need an oil change sooner.
The 3,000-mile rule is no longer an accurate method of measuring when to change your oil and could end up costing you a pretty penny in the end. Largely perpetuated by quick-change oil outlets that make more money with more oil changes, the 3,000-mile rule applies largely to older cars.
A: Synthetic oil is essentially the extra mile compared to conventional oil. Refined, distilled, purified, and broken down into its basic structure, synthetic oil is tailored to meet the demands of the modern engine. Overall, synthetic oil keeps your engine cleaner, provides better protection, works well at all temperatures, and protects turbocharged engines better than conventional oil.
If you were to compare oil to cars, consider conventional oil a mass-market model while synthetic oil is a top-tier luxury vehicle.