Most owner’s manuals for newer vehicles will tell you it’s acceptable to go 8,000 Kilometer between oil changes under normal conditions. But you should drop to 5,000 Kilometer if you drive under severe conditions.
Severe driving conditions can take a toll on just about every part of your car — both inside and out.
But what exactly are severe conditions? AAA defines them as the following:
- Driving on short trips of less than five miles in normal temperatures or less than 10 miles in freezing temperatures.
- Driving in hot weather stop-and-go traffic.
- Driving at low speeds of less than 50 miles per hour for long distances.
- Driving on roads that are dusty, muddy or have salt, sand or gravel spread on the surface.
- Towing a trailer, carrying a camper (if a pickup truck) or transporting items on a roof rack or in a car-top carrier.
- Making “jack rabbit” stops and starts — the kind people tend to do when racing from traffic light to traffic light.
If you’re just driving back and forth to work during the week, and to soccer fields and baseball games during the weekend, then there’s really no sense in changing your oil every 5,000 Km.
A couple of years, a Consumer Reports study put the brakes on the myth of the 5,000-Km oil change. They found no noticeable difference in engine protection whether you changed the oil every 5,000 or 10,000 km
When to Change Oil?
It is a personal decision. Maybe you’re happy changing every 5,000 km and think 10,000km is too long to wait.
Experts say a oil change is the best preventative maintenance you can do. So the interval is really up to you as long as you don’t exceed what’s recommended in your owner’s manual.
At Al Fatah Tyres we provide you with the best quality branded Oil for you car and our team will ensure quick and professional Oil Change.