4 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Getting an Oil Change

We all know our vehicles need an oil change and oil filter replacement every 6,000 to 8,000 kilometres. Here are four things you probably *didn't* know about this essential element of car maintenance.

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Oil change secrets
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1. Short trips can have a big impact

A quick daily commute might be convenient for you, but it can be tough on your vehicle. Short trip driving takes a serious toll on motor oil because the engine never warms up enough to boil off the moisture and acids that accumulate inside the crankcase. Be sure to get an oil change and replace the oil filter as recommended under the “severe service” maintenance interval listed in your owner’s manual.

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Choose the right oil for your oil change
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2. Choosing the right oil for your oil change

A high motor oil viscosity number doesn’t necessarily provide better protection. Consult your owner’s manual to ensure you’re buying the right oil based on your motor and driving conditions.

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Buying the right oil for an oil change
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3. The clue is in the colour

The next time you’re checking your engine oil, examine its colour. If it’s milky brown, there’s likely coolant in the oil—a condition that can be caused by a blown head gasket, cracked casings, or a failed transmission cooler. In any of these cases, your car will require immediate servicing by a technician.

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Synthetic oil vs. mineral oil
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4. Synthetic vs. Mineral

Although synthetic motor oils can be much more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, they’re often a worthy investment. Not only can synthetic oil improve fuel economy and provide instant lubrication on start-up, it also tends to last longer between oil changes. You’ll also want to consider synthetics if your vehicle has a supercharged engine, is used for towing, or tends to be operated in extremely hot or cold climates.

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For more great tips on how to maintain your car and to find the parts you need, visit NAPA Canada.

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