Getting our oil changed is probably the one thing that we all know we need to do, but do you know why? What other maintenance items should you add to your routine, and why should you worry about them? Take a peek at these simple maintenance items that you should be doing every time you get your oil changed.
Why do I need routine oil changes?
If your car’s engine oil isn’t changed, dirt can build up and cause corrosion, decreasing the life of your engine. Without regular oil changes, your engine will get too hot, causing it to run less efficiently. Your engine needs clean oil and clean oil filters to stay properly lubricated and run efficiently.
How often do I need to get my oil changed?
The answer to this question varies depending on what type of vehicle you’re driving and your driving conditions. On average, oil changes should take place every 5,000-7,500 miles or 6 months for the 2008 model year or later. If your car is a 2007 model or older, it’s safer to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or 3 months.
Many newer vehicles will monitor this for you, warning you when it’s time to get your oil changed. However, most mechanics will still place a sticker inside your car that specifies when you should get your next oil change with the number of miles, oil life percentage, and/or a date.
Do brakes need maintenance?
Servicing brakes means servicing the brake components (cleaning, lubricating, etc.) without replacing them. Brakes are serviced to ensure they function properly between replacements and the car is safe to drive. Having a mechanic check, adjust, or replace your brakes is a good idea, especially if your brakes make unusual noises or feel off.
Why do I need to get tire rotations?
Tires tend to wear unevenly, and rotating them helps even out the wear. Rotations prolong tire life and create balanced handling. They’re also beneficial for maintaining traction, which is especially useful in rainy or snowy driving conditions.
Tire rotations should take place roughly every 3,000-5,000 miles or at every oil change. Check your owner’s manual for a recommended tire rotation schedule.
Need more safety tips? Check out my posts on City Driving Car Maintenance, Why it’s important to rotate your tires, How to change a flat tire, and don’t forget to check out my Vehicle Preparation For Different Climates — temperature does make a difference in how you treat your vehicle!