Oil plays three major roles within the engine. First, it lubricates all the moving parts to keep everything running smoothly. Second, it carries away some of the heat within the engine block. Third, it prevents carbon and varnishes from building up in the engine.
Don’t be fooled by quick change oil outlets! They generally advertise that your car needs an oil change every 3,000 miles, but this hasn’t been even slightly true in the past decade.
Most cars need an oil change every 7,500 miles or every six months. Some vehicles require an oil change every 5,000 miles, while others can last up to 10,000 miles. To see how often your vehicle needs an oil change, refer to your owner’s manual.
In any case, oil changes are relatively cheap in comparison to the problems they prevent. Changing the oil on time can bring better fuel economy as well, leading to fewer stops at the gas station.
Rotating your tires keeps tread wear even across the board, resulting in an overall smoother ride. Generally, a tire rotation and balancing should be performed at each oil change (7,500 miles or six months) for best results. Most dealerships will perform the service without being asked as well.
Tire rotations are necessary due to each tire’s function. The front tires carry more weight than the back tires. They also lead the car around corners while the back tires simply follow. This results in the front tires wearing faster.
A simple rotation can offer better fuel economy, a smooth ride, and a longer period of time between new tire sets.