When to change the oil in the engine?
The question of timely replacement of oil in the enginecar is one of the most important, to increase the life of the motor and its stable operation. There is no single answer to this question, since the timing of oil change depends on many factors. At the same time, the best decision will be guided by the recommendations of car manufacturers.
Times when producers were profitableproduce cars that do not break down for many decades, have passed. In today's market, the manufacturer does not care about the long life of the engine, it is in its interest to ensure the stable operation of the motor within the factory warranty. This is beneficial from the point of view of minimizing warranty service. And at the end of the warranty, the owner of the car after a series of breakdowns should have the idea of buying a new vehicle. Therefore, experienced motorists on the question of when to change engine oil are advised to do this, based on the recommendations of manufacturers, but reducing the intervals specified therein, depending on the operating conditions and age of the car. If the operating conditions are severe, then it is recommended that the manufacturer's interval be halved. For example, to change the oil and the oil filter not through 10,000 thousand km, but after 5000. However, if the oil is tested on a thick black gauge, this is another reason to think about its quick replacement, without waiting for any deadlines.
Heavy operating conditions
- Irregular use of the car. With long downtime in the engine, a condensate forms, which then mixes with the products of combustion of gasoline or diesel fuel, forms an acid that corrodes the engine from the inside.
- Permanent trips for short distances. When the engine does not have time to fully warm up, again there are problems with the condensate.
- Driving in traffic jams contributes to the constant overheating of the oil in the engine.
- Poor quality of fuel.
- Driving in conditions of polluted and dusty air.
- Towing a trailer or driving in a hilly area contribute to the oxidation and thickening of the oil.