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The low down on oil changes

When should I get an oil change?

Oil changes are an important automotive service that should never be ignored. It can be easy to forget about this quick and relatively inexpensive service, but failing to get your oil changed when needed can cause some pretty drastic results. Check out our blog to learn when you should get an oil change!

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mechanic checking engine oilWhy do I need an oil change?

The purpose of motor oil is to lubricate all the moving parts and keep them from overheating from all the friction. As you rack up the miles, your oil will start to lose its viscosity and get dirty. When this happens, it’s time to get an oil change scheduled. Failing to do so could result in engine failure and reduced vehicle performance as well as increased emissions.

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How often should I get an oil change?

The frequency in which you should get an oil change really depends on your vehicle and what the driving conditions are. Extreme hot or cold weather will require more frequent oil changes, as will driving aggressively. These drivers will want to change the oil at least every 5,000 miles. For drivers who are more conservative behind the wheel, put on mostly highway miles, and who drive in mild temperatures, you can usually get away with waiting up to 7,000 miles. If you want a higher quality oil that requires less frequent oil changes, opt for synthetic oil. While it’s more expensive than conventional motor oil, synthetic motor oil is a higher quality grade and can last up to 10,000 miles or more in some cases.

Schedule an oil change in Moline IL

Have you been putting off your oil change? Allow us to take care of it for you here at Hiland Toyota. Our service team will take a look, get the oil switched out, and have you back on the road again in no time. Schedule a service appointment with us today to get started!