How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Every driver in the Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville area knows that oil changes are the most common and simple form of automotive maintenance. However, there's a lot of debate as to when you should actually have your oil changed in your Ford. Depending on which model you have, how old it is, and your driving habits, you may be surprised by the answer.

When to Change Oil in Your Ford Vehicle

Oil ChangeFord Motor Company recommends that you change your oil every 7,500 miles if your Ford model is from 2008 or newer. If your vehicle is from 2007 or earlier, you should have your oil changed every 5,000 miles. These recommended changes are under normal driving conditions.

If you have less-than-typical driving habits, like excessive towing, extensive idling, or driving off-road, you should change your oil every 5,000 miles in your 2008 or newer model. If your vehicle is from 2007 or before, you're looking at an oil change every 3,000 miles.

Ford models 2011 and later have the Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor, which is part of your vehicle's instrument cluster. The monitor will display alerts like Oil Change Required or Engine Oil Change Soon. This system requires a reset every time you have your oil changed for it to accurately display your oil-life.

When to Change Synthetic and Conventional Oil

There are two types of oil that can go into your engine. Conventional oil is made from crude oil, and it's effective for vehicles that endure routine driving like commutes and errands. Although this oil is effective, it's highly susceptible to breaking down with extreme temperatures and should be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

Synthetic oil has been highly talked about considering it lasts much longer than conventional oil, and it can even help to provide longer engine life. Synthetic oil could be changed roughly every 15,000 miles.

These two oils both have their pros and cons. Conventional oil is less expensive than synthetic oil, but it breaks down quicker and requires more frequent changes. Synthetic oil can last much longer and require fewer changes. It's also used in most newer car models. Conventional, on the other hand, is highly recommended for older vehicles with higher mileage.

What Does Oil Do?

Oil ChangeOil is essential for your vehicle to function properly. Your engine is made of several moving parts that constantly rub against each other. After a while, this leads to them heating up and creating friction. Oil acts as a lubricant for these metal parts. It helps them to function properly without causing friction because oil was designed to disperse heat.

Oil goes into your engine with a golden brown color. When it reaches the end of its life span, it looks black and sludgy and sometimes causes your car to emit a burning smell. This is because it cleans the moving metal parts and collects crud that builds up. Oil is most effective when it's cleaner, so that's why it has to be changed frequently.

Ford Oil Change

Ford drivers in the Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville area nearing the time of their next oil change or unsure of how often they should change their oil can schedule an appointment with us at Richmond Ford Lincoln. Our service center is fully equipped to handle a simple oil change, and we use Motorcraft® Motor Oil, which is specifically designed for Ford vehicles. We're happy to perform this simple automotive service so you can enjoy driving your Ford.

Schedule your oil change with us today.

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