The amount of miles between every oil change is a contentious subject in the automotive world. But after all the fuss, the unsurprising truth is that every engine is different and thus will need changes at different intervals. With that in mind, it’s also no surprise that the year your car was made makes a big difference in terms of the engine technology and the appropriate rate of oil changes.
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Oil Change for Older Cars
If you do want to use a synthetic oil in an older car, it is recommend that you use a partially synthetic oil. These carry many of the same beneficial properties of fully synthetic oils but work better overall in older engines.
As cars get older, the engine components start to wear at the places they meet and churn up against each other. This causes small gaps to form where they wouldn’t exist if the engine were newer. Higher viscosity oil can help better lubricate these tough-to-reach areas. Furthermore, these gaps can lead to oil leaks. High-mileage oils use a special formula that helps prevent leaks and can better protect the worn surfaces within the engine.
Newer engines generally sustain healthily for longer with the same batch of motor oil than older vehicles do. For most recent model-year vehicles, automakers usually suggest oil changes between 5,000 and 7,000 miles. Some vehicles even call for changes at 15,000.
Recent technological advances in the make-up of oil and of cars themselves have reduced the frequency of needed oil changes. Modern oils last much longer than those of decades ago. Gasoline and diesel is much cleaner than ever before. This is largely due to raised standards surrounding fuel and emissions. Although, shorter oil change intervals can still carry great benefits in newer vehicles.
Engines in newer cars will usually specify lower viscosity oils like 5W-30, while their older counterparts will be better off with higher viscosities. This is because more modern machines contain tighter-working parts for greater fuel economy, and lower viscosity oils can better provide this benefit.
Every engine comes with different properties, and different oils deteriorate at different rates. The best thing you can do is consult your owner’s manual for the amount of time and the amount of miles that will dictate your frequency and type of oil for your vehicle’s oil changes.
Schedule an Oil Change at Montgomeryville Nissan
If you are still having trouble figuring out which type of oil is right for the age of your car ask one of our service technicians. Located in 991 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA 18936 Montgomeryville Nissan has a large selection of new and used vehicles as well as a multitude of services performed at our service center.