Oil Change FAQs

Oil Change FAQs

Oil Change FAQs

How do oil changes help my vehicle?

Oil changes help protect your engine by preventing wear, rust, and corrosion in all climates.  Regular oil changes, lubricated fittings, and new oil filters are essential to keeping your vehicle running smoothly.

How often should I have my oil changed?

It’s always a good idea to check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations, however most vehicles require you to change your oil every three months or 3,000 miles.

Should I use regular or synthetic oil?

Although synthetic may look better on paper, it’s simply not necessary for drivers that spend a majority of their time on the highway, drive a newer vehicle or don’t experience major temperature extremes. Engines run hotter when working at high speeds; more of the detergents in the oil to burn-off, rather than break-down into carbon deposits and gum up the engine. For new vehicles, whose parts are not worn down from use, conventional is just as effective as synthetic. And if your vehicle rarely experiences temperature extremes – maybe you winter in Florida, for instance, and never drive your vehicle in the cold – then synthetic may be a waste of your money.

City driving, with it’s constant starts and stops, puts stress on the engine. Towing, meanwhile, requires the engine to produce more power for the same effect. Conventional oil simply puts another stressor on an already burdened engine. For older vehicles, consider switching to synthetic. The superior lubrication – and the cleaner oil – will help worn parts function better.


About Baier’s Auto Time in Ft. Walton Beach, FL

Baiers Auto Time employee’s ASE Certified Technicians with years of experience specializing in diagnostics, repairs and maintenance.

Baier’s Auto Time maintains the highest levels of certifications and education as well as up-to-date diagnostic equipment and software. Baier’s Auto Time is able to service all makes and models of cars, light trucks & SUVs and offers a 24 Month/24,000 Mile Nationwide Warranty honored by over 17,000 NAPA AutoCare Centers throughout the US.

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