When, Where, How And Why To Change Your Vehicle's Oil
North American Precis Syndicate
Regular oil changes can help keep your car on the road to safety and savings. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Basic vehicle maintenance is an easy, inexpensive way to
prolong the life of vehicles and avoid costly repairs down the road.
“When thinking about vehicle maintenance, regular oil changes likely
come to mind first,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care
Council. “A quick review of the why, when, where and how of changing
your vehicle’s oil is a good way to see the value of basic auto care.”
Motor oil lubricates the moving parts in your engine, preventing wear by
keeping the engine clean, removing contaminants and regulating engine
temperature to prevent overheating. Neglecting to check and change your
vehicle’s oil can lead to expensive repairs, including engine failure.
Check your vehicle owner’s manual; most will recommend changing the
oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. However, other factors such as harsh weather
conditions, driving in stop-and-go traffic or on dusty dirt roads, towing a
trailer, driving at high speeds and the age of your vehicle can all bring
down this time interval, making it a safe bet to have the oil checked at the
An oil change performed by a professional technician is a quick, low-cost
vehicle service. When taking your car in for maintenance or repairs, be sure
that the shop employs ASE-certified technicians. ASE certification means that
the technicians take their training seriously and have passed tests to
demonstrate their skills.
Do-it-yourselfers can access the Car Care Council’s website for an
instructional video by DriverSide on how to change your vehicle’s oil.
To help drivers “be car care aware,” the Car Care Council has
many free tools available at www.carcare.org,
including an 80-page “Car Care Guide” and a customized service
schedule with e-mail reminders to make it easy to follow a routine auto care
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car
Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of
regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the
council’s “Car Care Guide” or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.
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