Oil Change 101

Oil changes seem like a pretty routine service, but you would be surprised on how complicated it can be to some car owners. Here is a quick 101 on everything oil changes.

WHAT DOES OIL DO FOR YOUR VEHICLE?

Valvoline motor oil lubricates engine components and helps stop metal parts from grinding against one another. It also helps stop deposits from forming on engine components by holding contaminants in suspension.

WHAT CAN GO WRONG?

Over time, oil gets dirty. When dirt accumulates in oil, it can become more viscous and abrasive, less effective in lubricating and cause more wear to your engine.

BENEFITS

How Regular Oil Changes Help Your Vehicle

  • Helps fight the four major causes of engine breakdown: Heat, Deposits, Sludge, Friction

  • Provides engine protection at startup

  • Helps maintain your vehicle's warranty

MILEAGE INTERVAL

Your owner's manual may provide different oil change intervals for both regular driving and severe driving.

Roughly 70% of drivers fall under severe driving conditions. Severe driving conditions include stop-and-go driving, consistent idling, pulling, towing, dusty environment or high or low ambient temperatures*.

Tips and CARE

Car Maintenance and Care

  • Change your fluids on time, every time.

  • Change your oil every 3,000 miles for regular, 5,000 miles for synthetic oil

  • Change antifreeze fluid every 30,000 miles.

  • Change brake fluid every 30,000 miles.

  • Change transmission fluid every 30,000 miles.

  • Schedule a maintenance check every 15, 30, 60, and 90,000 miles.

  • Replace your air filter every 12 months or 12,000 miles (whichever comes first).

  • Replace your fuel filter every 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first).

Gas Mileage Tips

  • Check and/or change your air filter every 6 months to improve fuel economy and keep your engine running smoothly.

  • Don't top off. Don't bother topping off when filling your car's gas tank. Any additional gas is just going to slop around or seep out.

  • Tighten up that gas cap. Gas will evaporate from your car's gas tank if it has an escape. Loose, missing or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year.

  • Go for the shade. The hot summer sun that makes the inside of your car feel like a sauna also evaporates fuel from your gas tank.

  • Use the right oil. You can improve your car's gas mileage by 1 percent to 2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil.

And most important of all……

  • Always check for potential problems before they happen.