When to Change your Oil

Motor oil runs through the engine, providing critical lubrication to keep the components safe. If you wait too long to change your oil, the components are at greater risk for wear and tear from the heat and friction in the engine.

But how do you know when it is time to change your oil?

First, check the oil. Visible contaminants mean it is time for an oil change. When dirt, debris, rust, or corrosion get mixed in with the motor oil, they spread through the engine. There is a greater risk of damage to the engine. The oil should be changed so these contaminants are removed.

Next, check the viscosity. The thickness of the oil, or viscosity, has a large impact on the engine’s performance. When the oil is too thick, that means it moves too slowly through the engine. There is less lubrication between parts. The engine can easily get too hot.

Cold temperatures of winter can also affect the thickness of the oil. Different types or weights of oil handle cold temperatures differently. Make sure you are using the appropriate type of oil for your vehicle, and have it checked before the cold winter temperatures set in.

Finally, check the age. Oil should be checked and changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Factors such as driving conditions and weather can also impact how frequently you need to change your oil, so call our expert technicians for advice for your specific vehicle: 262.968.3324.

Even oil with a “longer life” should be checked at this interval. When the engine oil reaches maximum viscosity, or thickness, it can no longer perform its function efficiently. At this point, the oil needs to be changed, regardless of how many miles it has been used.

To schedule an oil change, review your preventative maintenance schedule, or learn more about changing the oil in your vehicle, request an appointment online or visit our auto repair shop in Mukwonago.