Purpose: The oil filter sifts out
contaminants, allowing the oil to flow through the engine
unrestricted. Should the oil filter become restricted or clogged
with contaminants, they will flow around the filter. This
bypassing is a safety mechanism, but you never want to let oil and
filter changes go so long that bypassing takes place.
Maintenance Tips/Suggestions: For best
results, consult your owner's manual, but consider that your
driving probably constitutes a severe maintenance schedule.
Usually, this means oil and filter changes every 3,500 miles or 3
oil change at your local shop: Sounds
simple, but there’s some pretty important things to know about
preventing oil sludge.
Oil eventually starts to turn into
jelly. Literally – petroleum jelly. Sludge clogs up oil passages
and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine,
causing parts to wear out prematurely. And that means
expensive engine repairs.
That’s why you need to change the oil and oil filter on
schedule – to get the old oil out before it turns to
sludge. Your manufacturer will have a recommendation for how
many miles you can go between oil changes. They also usually
have a number of months between recommended oil changes. That’s
because the detergents and other additives in the oil break down
Your owner’s manual will have a
recommendation for time and mileage, but you need to remember
that it’s based on using the recommended weight of oil. And if
your vehicle came from the factory with
synthetic oil, the recommended intervals assume you continue
to use synthetic.
Also how you drive around in
our suburban street
can have a big effect. Most owner’s manuals will have a list of
driving conditions that are harder on your vehicle.
Things like stop and go driving, short trips or driving in very hot or very cold weather, heavy loads
and towing. If some of your driving fits this, you may need to
change your oil and do other maintenance on a shorter schedule.
This may sound complicated. Some
vehicles have an oil life calculator that
takes all of these factors into account and tells you when you
should change your oil. Otherwise, talk with our Service
about how you drive and get
their recommendation for when to take care of your service.
Finally, if any of the steering or
suspension parts can be lubed, our technicians will take care of that with a
lube, oil and filter service.
Cheaper to Change Your Oil than to Change Your Engine!