Engine oil is what lubricates a vehicle’s engine, allowing it to run smoothly and last longer. Vehicle owners must maintain a vehicle’s engine by changing the oil and using the oil appropriate for their vehicle’s make and model. Every vehicle comes with a “check oil” light and an oil filter under the hood. These components allow vehicle owners to monitor their oil levels and add oil as needed without having to hire a mechanic.
Changing the Oil
An important part of routine vehicle maintenance is changing the oil regularly. The necessary frequency of oil changes has become a point of contention among experts. The Engine Oil Bible maintains that engine oil can’t be changed often enough, but Nordic Group insists that, with the advent of detergent oils and multi-weight oils, some vehicles can go as far as 6,000 miles before needing an oil change. The best course of action is to check the owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.