Every 3,000 miles is an excellent rule of thumb, but it isn’t always the best oil change schedule for your European automobile. Peak Euro advises that there are other considerations to take into account when determining how often you should have the oil changed. We are going to talk about these considerations below and stress that one of the most important considerations is your manufacturer’s recommendations. You can find these recommendations in your owner’s manual.
Go ahead and pull the owner’s manual out of your glove compartment and flip to the maintenance section. Find the oil section and read how often your European automobile’s manufacturer recommends you get the oil changed. The recommendation may be every 3,000 miles, or it may be longer, such as 7,500 or 10,000 miles, if the manufacturer also recommends synthetic oil.
Oil Type Being Used
Next, pay attention to the type of oil your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends. The manufacturer may recommend conventional or synthetic oil. The difference between the two is that one is organic and the other is man-made. Synthetic oil is man-made and contains additives designed to make the oil last longer. This is why you don’t need to have an oil change every 3,000 miles when using synthetic oil. Also, pay attention to the recommended oil weight for your vehicle.
Your Daily Commute
The basis of your oil change duration starts with the two things just discussed. The thing that may change the duration is your daily commute. If you drive in a rough commute every morning and afternoon that leaves you stranded in traffic for what seems like forever, you may need to have your oil changed more often to protect your engine against the harshness of this commute.
How You Drive Your European Beauty
How you drive your European automobile can also affect the duration of oil changes. For example, if you drive a sports car the way it was meant to be driven, you may need to have your oil changed more often to protect the engine. If you take it easy on your European automobile, you can stick with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
The Age of the Automobile
Finally, the age of your European beauty will also determine whether you need to have the oil changed sooner than every 3,000 or 7,500 miles. For example, if you drive a classic sportster, you may need to have your oil changed as often as every 2,000 miles.
Stop by Peak Euro in Bend, OR, today for an oil change if your vehicle needs one. We can also talk with you about the duration of oil changes that work best for your European automobile.