When to change your oil is an inexact science. It depends on driving patterns and driving conditions more than anything else. Most manufactures recommend an oil change every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. However, if you read the fine print, what most of us think as “Normal” driving is actually “Severe” driving. Las Vegas falls under the “Severe” driving conditions.
In a typical week, does your driving include:
- Stop-and-go traffic or extensive idling?
- Short trips of less than five miles?
- Towing a trailer or hauling heavy materials?
- Extreme heat (more than 90 degrees)?
- Extreme cold (less than 10 degrees)?
- Extreme humidity?
If you answered yes to any one of these questions, you are a severe driver. All maintenance manuals recommend changing your oil every 3000 miles or 3 months in these conditions. If you do not like that frequent of an oil change interval you could make the jump to a premium full synthetic. We have Royal Purple full synthetic motor oil. Using that oil you can go as far as 6000 miles on just one oil change. Now this does not mean that once you use this oil that you can just close your hood and not think about your engine compartment for the next couple of months. You should always check your fluids and do a general look over of your motor. If you have no desire to get your hands dirty doing that, or have no idea what you are looking at, you can bring it to us. We will pop the hood, check all the fluids and give you a current health status of your car. Just think of it as a way to keep your peace of mind between services.