Here’s the thing. You should never put off an oil change. Even if your car, truck, or SUV is running fine, something detrimental could be happening underneath the hood. Kennedy Auto Solutions offers our customers a quick lube, oil, and filter station during our operating hours. This gets you in and out in no time, which means no excuses when it’s time for an oil change.
Motor Oil 101
Your vehicle’s motor oil is made up of additives and base oil. The base oil lubricates engine parts to keep them running smoothly and prevent overheating. Engine parts that move together cause friction and the base oil prevents damage caused by that friction. The additives add an extra layer of protection to the base oil. They help it withstand your engine’s extreme heat.
Even with the additives, your engine oil only has a certain lifespan. Depending on the make, model, and engine type of your vehicle alongside your driving habits, your engine oil’s lifespan could be anywhere from 3,000 to 15,000 miles. We like to err on the side of caution because Texas gets hot in the summer and we have a lot of dust and dirt on our roads.
Excessive heat will break down your engine oil, but you notice we mentioned dust and dirt above. Although housed inside your engine, your oil also becomes dirty over time, and dirty oil is as ineffective to your engine parts as is broken down oil. One of the best ways to extend the life of your engine is through regular oil changes. This keeps the oil viscous and clean.
Oil Change Duration
As briefly mentioned, oil changes are often done every 3,000 miles, but you might not have to have yours changed that often. Newer engines are more efficient, and many manufacturers say their vehicles can wait until every 7,500 miles for an oil change. In some cases, such as BMW and synthetic oil, you might be able to hold off until every 15,000 miles for an oil change.
This isn’t absolute, however. Check your owner’s manual to see the duration the manufacturer recommends for your vehicle and engine type. We will also talk with you if you’d like to design a customized oil change schedule. If you sit in traffic every day for hours, for example, you might want to change your oil frequently to prevent engine damage from constant idling.
Fast, Convenient Oil Changes
Kennedy Auto Solutions in Tomball, TX, changes oil all day long through our lube, oil, and filter station. We help customers in Tomball as well as Spring and The Woodlands. If you prefer to set an appointment, call us at 832-559-7906. Otherwise, stop by our shop on FM 2920.