Oil Change-How Often?
We’ve all heard that we’re supposed to change the oil in our cars every 3000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first. That was then, but for newer car models, the last 10 years or so, manufacturers have been recommending much longer intervals. Now they say every 6000 miles. That’s good for the environment, of course, because old oil is pretty mucky stuff. So, it’s much better if we use half as much. Not only that, but changing a car’s oil as frequently as required keeps the engine running more smoothly and contributes to better gas mileage.
Better Motor Oil
Another way to do a better job both for the environment and for your car is to pick better oil. Better oil? That sounds weird, but if you actually go to an auto parts store and check out the oil aisle, you will notice many different choices. Which one to pick? As you know, conventional oil is produced from crude oil. This is usually the cheapest oil, delivered in several different weights, and it’s supposed to keep your engine running so well that you get more horesepower and then, well, more miles per gallon of gas.
Synthetic oil is an even better choice, though it costs more. With synthetic oil, you change your oil even less frequently while at the same time making the engine run even better, giving you even better performance and mileage. The downside is that it costs more, so you don’t save money changing the oil. It’s also better for the environment.
Now, for the first time in a long time, there’s something altogether new on the market. Valvoline is one of the first manufacturers to offer motor oil made from 50% recycled oil. The great thing is that it works just as well as synthetic oil and doesn’t cost as much. Don’t ask me how it accomplishes that feat, but you can buy this oil to change your own oil or go to a Valvoline oil change center and ask for it.
Conclusion? You can do better by the environment, by your car and by your pocketbook simply by the motor oil you choose. Who knew?