Don't Fall for an Oil-Changing Myth

The average driver understands the importance of changing their oil. If they don't do any other type of maintenance to their vehicle, they're generally guaranteed to have this service performed. The problem is that most people aren't doing it right. There is a long list of misconceptions that lead vehicle owners down this road. Make sure you are avoiding these mishaps.   

Changing Too Often

In years past, the standard was to change your oil once every 3,000 miles. However, new designs from manufacturers allow you to go more than 7,500 miles before an oil change is required. For luxury vehicles, this mileage interval can double to 15,000 miles. Before establishing a schedule by which you change your oil, look inside your owner's manual and see what they are recommending.

Even when it comes to manufacturer guidelines, there are still discrepancies, as how you drive your vehicle will also have some weight with this issue. Changing your oil too soon won't cause a mechanical issue, but it will cause you to spend money unnecessarily.

Believing Black Oil Is Bad

Black oil is often synonymous with burnt oil. Burnt oil needs to be changed in order to prevent significant engine damage, so there's a lot of urgency connected with it. However, the fact that the oil is black doesn't mean that it's burnt. Between additives in the oil and the cycle oil passes through inside the engine, engine oil is generally very dark.

An indication of burnt oil is oil that actually smells burnt. If your oil is only dark, but it doesn't smell, there is no need to panic; there is still life left. Another thing to look for is black oil with thick sludge. If the oil is black and looks like this, you should change it.

Thinking Synthetic Oil Will Improve MPG

There is also the belief that the only way to improve your fuel economy is to have your oil changed with synthetic oils. The higher cost of this oil and the fact that it often contains extra additives will sometimes lead people to believe this idea.

While synthetic oils do offer a level of superiority in terms of their lubricating potential, this benefit doesn't translate when it comes to fuel economy. There is no proven science behind the idea that using this type of oil in your vehicle will improve your mpg.

The more you know what myths to avoid, the easier it will be to not only change your oil but also keep your car running smoothly and save money on repairs. For repairs and maintenance when you need them, contact a professional like Jack's Auto Service Center.