Although we’re ASE certified mechanics, which means we’re more than just an oil change center, we do perform a lot of oil changes. And, we hear many questions from both experienced and new vehicle owners. We thought we’d try to answer some of the most common ones over these next two blogs.
Why Is My Reminder Sticker Set to 3,000 Miles?
Unfortunately, that’s the default for the majority of the oil change centers out there. There was a time when almost every vehicle’s manual did recommend an oil change at 3,000 miles. However, unless you have an older car, your vehicle likely has another recommendation. In general today’s common recommendations range from 5,000 to 15,000 miles depending on the type of oil used, driving conditions and they type of engine. If you have a new car, chances are good that there’s an oil use light that will tell you when it’s time for an oil change.
Do I Need to Check My Oil if I Have a Newer Car?
Yes! Although new cars have sophisticated computers that often indicated when your oil is low or it’s time for an oil change, they’re not perfect. If you’re planning a long trip or don’t recall the last time you had an oil change, check it. And, if the sticker says it’s time for an oil change but you know it’s been far less than the recommended number of miles, take a look at the level and the color. If you notice that it’s low and looks dirty, head to your oil change center.
Stay Tuned for Our Next Blog
Still have questions about oil changes? These are our two most frequently asked questions. In our next blog, we’ll answer the next most common ones. However, if you’re in need of an oil change center before then and have questions, call us at (727) 784-3501 or come by 3166 Tampa Road in Oldsmar and ask! One of our ASE certified mechanics will be happy to answer your questions and get your oil changed if it’s time.