Engine oil is what lubricates a car’s engine, allowing it to run smoothly and last longer. Car owners must maintain a car’s engine by changing the oil and using the oil appropriate for their cars make and model. Every car comes with a “check oil” light and an oil filter under the hood. These components allow car 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 car maintenance is changing the oil regularly. The necessary frequency of oil changes has become a point of contention among experts. Maxi Auto Care recommends changing conventional oil every 3,000 miles or Full Synthetic oil every 5,000 miles. Maxi also recommends checking your fluids regularly and keeping an eye on the ground below your car to help identify leaks early.
If the oil light comes on while driving your car you should stop immediately. If you are able to check the oil and add oil as needed you may be safe to continue. However, you may have developed a leak. Bottom line, get it to a mechanic asap, driving the car can seriously damage the engine and can result in catastrophic costs.