Tips And Tricks
The Essential Oil Change
Your car won’t run without gas, so you fill it up when the gauge shows it’s low. Your car won’t run without oil either, but many people don’t concern themselves with the necessary oil changes the way they do gas. Unless your car reminds you when it’s time to change the oil, you may forget that it needs to be done and put it off or neglect it altogether. Eventually, of course, it catches up with you when something fails because of it and you have to get auto repair work done.
Even if your car doesn’t suffer major damage from lack of oil, not having your oil changed at the recommended intervals isn’t good for your vehicle. If you want to get the most out of your car and keep it running well for many miles to come, regular oil changes are essential. Most cars require oil changes every 3,000 miles, but check your owner’s manual to find out the recommended schedule for your particular vehicle.
Now, once you know how often your oil needs to be changed, how will you remind yourself to get it done? Some people have found that reminders on their calendars can help them to remember. If you figure that your car goes about 1,000 miles per month, you can set a reminder at the beginning of the month that it should come due. When the calendar turns, check the mileage and respond accordingly. Those of us who live and die by our computers find that tickler systems which pop up with reminders when logging on work better. A basic, low-tech method is simply to write on a sticky the mileage at which you would have the oil changed, and place it in a conspicuous spot on your dashboard. Whatever you do, don’t neglect to have your oil changed. Keep engine repair to a minimum and your car running smoother and longer by having it changed regularly.