While every vehicle will have a different oil change interval laid out in its owner’s manual, the fact is that it can be a good idea to change your oil more often than that. If you’re wondering how often to change your oil, you need to consider things like the kind of driving that you do, and what conditions your vehicle faces every day. Things like stop-and-go traffic, winter driving, and driving on dusty gravel roads all qualify as severe operating conditions, meaning you will need to change your oil more often.
The bottom line is that oil is cheaper than metal. Rather than risking expensive repairs later on, invest a small amount in an oil change to keep your engine running reliably for years to come. For the best protection, consider changing your oil every 6 months of 6,000 km regardless of the kind of driving you do. While some new engines advertise oil change intervals of 12,000 km or more, if you follow these intervals you could accelerate wear as the oil degrades and offers inferior protection at higher kilometers.
Regular oil changes are the least expensive, easiest, and most effective forms of preventative maintenance that you can do on your vehicle. When you change your oil, you should always change your filter as well. While some may recommend changing your filter every second oil change, doing so can reduce its effectiveness at filtering out contaminants that could cause wear in your motor.
If you choose to do your own oil changes, be sure to get the correct filter and oil for your engine. If you’re unsure of the right oil or filter for your vehicle, contact Mississauga Kia’s service department online or phone us.
Tips for Changing Your Own Oil
Find the Right Filter
If you’re changing your own oil on a Kia, you can contact our service and parts department to order in the proper filter for your vehicle. Otherwise you should be able to find most filters at your local auto parts store. Be sure you get the correct one for your model, as many filters that look the same on the outside will have different internal valving on the inside.
Change Your Oil on a Cold Engine
While many instructional manuals say to change your oil while it’s hot, this really isn’t an advantage. Changing hot oil puts you at risk of getting burned, and you may not get all of the oil out of the engine. When you change the oil on a cold engine, the oil will have had more time to drain into the crankcase, meaning that you will be able to get more of it out. While it might take longer for it to pour through the drain plug hole, if you’re patient you should be able to get as much or more out of a cold engine than a hot one.
Dispose of Used Motor Oil Properly
Proper disposal of your used motor oil is also important. The best way is to take your old oil to a recycling facility or eco station where they will take it and then refine the used oil into other lubricants or petroleum products. Never dump used motor oil on the ground, down a drain, into a storm sewer, or in the trash. Most landfills will not accept used motor oil because it could eventually leak into the ground and cause contamination.