Oil Change Preventative Maintenance

OIL CHANGE / PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

We recommend that you change your truck oil and filters every 5,000 miles. That’s our best estimate. It may be too late for many people and too soon for a few, but for the vast majority a 5,000-mile oil changes will help your engine last to a ripe old age.

You may want to consider changing your oil more frequently if:

  • You live where the climate is extremely hot or cold
  • You often drive on dirt roads
  • You drive like a knucklehead: jackrabbit starts, heavy acceleration or high-speed driving
  • Your engine is old and burns oil
  • You frequently carry heavy loads (several mothers-in-law or other cargo)

Why Should I change my oil?
Oil undergoes thermal breakdown and loses viscosity due to high operating temperature. When this occurs, the oil becomes less effective as a lubricant. And without a good lubricant, expensive parts of the engine rub together and wear each other out.

A regular oil change and air filter replacement is the best thing to preserve your engine.

What happens if I do not change my oil and air filter?
Your engine won’t last as long as it could. Oil serves many crucial functions, and clean oil performs those functions better than dirty oil.  Changing your oil and air filter every 5,000 miles is a cost effective insurance policy against major expensive repairs down the road.