In our last blog we answered two of the most common questions about oil changes. If you missed it, click here. Today we’re going to tackle a few more that not all oil change centers will easily answer for you. Of course, if your question isn’t answered in one of our blogs, call us and we’ll answer your question.
Do I Need Synthetic Oil?
Again, we default to the vehicle manufacturer to answer this question. Some manufacturers recommend it for performance. However, in the vast majority of vehicles it comes down to personal preference and driving styles. Synthetic oil will last longer and is often a better choice for owners who tend to drive far distances frequently. If you do mostly local driving and frequently have short trips, conventional oil may be a better choice.
Which Viscosity Oil Do I Need?
Most oil change centers will default to the manufacturer’s guidelines for this as well. However, if you are a full time Florida resident, you don’t need to worry about changing the viscosity during the winter or summer as it doesn’t get cold enough frequently enough to make a difference here. Make sure to let your mechanic know if you’re heading back north so they can take that information into consideration when they choose a viscosity.
If I Change My Oil Regularly, Do I Really Need a New Oil Filter Too?
Oil change centers aren’t trying to make an extra buck off of you by changing your oil filter. It needs to be changed with every oil change. Think of the oil filter like your air filter in your home. Over time it gets clogged. You’re wasting money on an oil change if you don’t also change your filter.
Let Oldsmar Automotive Help You Today
Oil change centers aren’t the only place for an oil change. Oldsmar Automotive offers complete care maintenance and repair services and can answer your questions about oil changes. If you have questions about vehicle maintenance, come by 3166 Tampa Road in Oldsmar or call us at (727) 784-3501. One of our ASE certified mechanics can look at your car or answer the questions you have regarding repair or maintenance.