Regular manufacturer-suggested vehicle maintenance is crucial to keep your car in safe operating condition and to avoid costly major repairs! We also install a wide variety of after-market accessories.Oil is essential to your engine. And for most people, changing it every four months or 3,000-4,500 miles is the first thing you should do to keep your car in good shape. But sometimes, your oil needs some extra attention.
If you tow a trailer, drive in the mountains, drive in dusty conditions, or frequently drive in stop-and-go traffic, you should change your oil more often. Short trips without letting your engine warm up can contaminate your oil and require more oil changes than average too.
We provide scheduled vehicle maintenance for the following mileage increments:
Why It’s Important to Get Regular Scheduled Oil Changes
We are frequently asked “What is the most important maintenance to perform on my vehicle?” Our response is always: “Keeping up with a regular oil change schedule!” There is perhaps no single vehicle maintenance task as important to long vehicle life as that of the oil change with a filter replacement. Motor oil keeps internal engine parts cool, clean and lubricated. It also provides protection against wear when starting the engine.
Determining how frequently engine oil should be changed is a topic of great debate. In recent years, many automotive manufacturers have extended their recommended oil change interval to 5,000 or 7,500 miles (even 15,000 miles in some instances). They cite numerous reasons for this increase, including the fact that modern engines are better built than the engines of the past and the fact that engine lubricant technology has improved over the past 10 to 15 years. While we do not dispute these technological improvements, there is plenty of evidence to demonstrate that these extended intervals are too long.
Most manufacturers began increasing their recommended oil change interval with the introduction of the 1997 model year of vehicles. Since this trend began, the reported incident rate for engine failures attributable to oil sludge has increased dramatically. While data from the Center for Auto Safety suggests that some engines are more prone to sludge than others, these problems can be minimized by simply changing the engine’s oil more frequently and/or using higher quality oil along with regular vehicle maintenance.
Most of the confusion has probably come from misunderstanding the driving conditions that most drivers experience. While the manufacturers have increased the oil change intervals for “normal” driving conditions, most still identify a 3 month/3,000 mile oil change interval for vehicles driven under “severe” conditions. From our perspective, the vast majority of Americans today are driving in what would be considered severe conditions. The parameters which define severe conditions include a large amount of “stop-and-go” driving, frequent use in extreme cold or hot conditions, frequent short trips or extended periods of idling. Therefore, anyone who frequently traverses I-25 through Denver falls into the “severe” category. Likewise, all of the soccer moms and dads that mostly drive just a few miles to school or the store fall into this category as well. Regular vehicle maintenance is a must for everyone who uses their vehicle in daily life.
To keep it simple, we recommend sticking to the 3 month/3,000 mile interval to minimize the potential risk associated with engine failure due to sludge accumulation. While some may challenge this recommendation as excessive or a waste of money, we ask you to consider the alternative: Engine repair or replacement due to sludge problems ranges in cost from $4,500 to nearly $12,000. How many extra oil changes could have been purchased for this amount of money? As always, be sure to select a motor oil to suit your specific driving conditions and vehicle’s needs. This is particularly important with newer vehicles.