While oil changes every 4,827 kilometers have been both the rule of thumb and subject of debate, it's crucial consumers consult their owner's manual and adhere to an oil change regimen, as it can be the difference between spending a little money over time, and having to buy a new car.
So where does the unknowing consumer go for an oil change, what type of oil should they use and do they need a new filter? From Quick Lube to local dealers to auto repair shops, there's an array of options available.
The main point to keep in mind is choosing an oil change service provider that will take the time – typically more than 10 minutes – to drain the old oil and replace it with new, and check the oil filter and replace it if necessary. A reputable service provider will use the correct oil that's compatible with your vehicle, however some will use oil that is the cheapest, not necessarily the best for your car. A good shop, regardless of whether it's a dealership or a quick lube, will let you know the oil they are going to use, so you know it's the proper oil for your car.
Not sure if you're in need of a new filter, or which one to use? “First check your owner's manual, as it will let you know the appropriate time intervals to change the filter,” said Megan Currie, marketing manager for Honeywell Consumer Products Group. “If it's time for a new filter, select one that features at least 95 percent dirt trapping efficiency, such as the Fram Extra Guard, which offers three times the engine protection of the average of leading economy filters.
Engine protection is the Fram measure of a filters' ability to not just trap dirt but to hold it for the life of the filter.” It's also important that consumers are aware that new vehicle warranties remain in effect when Fram filters are installed according to directions on Fram filter packaging and replaced at least as often as vehicle manufacturer's recommended change intervals.
More information on this topic can be found at your local oil change service provider and online at www.fram.com.
* Based on Honeywell testing of filter efficiency and capacity of models equivalent to PH8A, 3387A and 6607 under ISO 4548-12 for particles > 20 mcirons.