All vehicles need oil, though not just any oil will work. Modern auto engines are designed and built to require oils that meet specific industry and automaker specifications in order to ensure a long service life. If you use the incorrect oil, you could void your new car warranty.
Most late model vehicles require a synthetic-blend or full-synthetic oil which minimizes friction and maximizes fuel economy. The proper oil for your make and model of vehicle must have the correct SAE viscosity grade, meet performance standards set by the API, ILSAC and/or ACEA, and comply with any unique specifications established by the vehicle or engine manufacturer. These requirements are detailed in your vehicle owner’s manual.
Depending on vehicle age, type of oil and driving conditions, oil change intervals will vary. It was typical to change your vehicle’s oil every 3,000, but with modern lubricants most engines come with a recommendation to change the oil in intervals of 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Moreover, if your car’s engine requires full-synthetic motor oil, it might go as far as 15,000 miles between services! You cannot judge engine oil condition by color, so follow the factory maintenance schedule for oil changes.
After having your car’s oil changed, the service technician should reset the oil-life monitoring system. If you have any questions about having your vehicle’s oil changed, give Stroebel Automotive a call at (989) 781-4307