Changing Your Oil for Proper Vehicle Maintenance
Many people fail to take proper care of their vehicles. Without proper maintenance, the performance and lifespan of a car is dramatically reduced and owners spend thousands of dollars in excess repair costs for preventable problems. Sadly, poor car maintenance plays a part in 5 percent of all vehicle accidents. A regular oil change is one of the single most important steps to take to keep your car in top working order.
Many people prefer to bring their vehicles to a repair shop for an oil change for the speed, convenience, and extensive knowledge of the car care professionals. A routine oil change is also a great opportunity for an overall vehicle checkup. However, people who have at least a basic understanding of car maintenance often change their own oil. The process can be time consuming, especially because the oil must be recycled or disposed of at an approved facility, but is cheaper overall than taking the car to a mechanic.
When servicing your car, keep in mind:
- It is important to check your oil level every few hundred miles. If your car needs oil, be sure not to overfill.
- Make sure your oil has been certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API) to ensure that it meets proper standards for engine protection and gas mileage.
- Many vehicle manufacturers and mechanics recommend an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or every three months. However, check your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s specific needs. Many vehicles require an oil change less frequently, while some might require an oil change more often.
It is important to keep your vehicle in proper working order to reduce the risk of parts failure and preventable accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact the Stevens Point car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.