Posted on April 11, 2016
How Often Do I Need to Change My Oil?
May of our customers at Ontario Chrysler frequently ask us how often they should get an oil change. Is it better to get an oil change every 5,000 km or every four months? Or is it better to save your money by waiting it out and getting an oil change later? These are the common questions asked by drivers just like you.
Some people advocate waiting for 24,000 km between engine oil changes, but this is not something that Ontario Chrysler recommends. Even though vehicle design improvements necessitate less maintenance, overall the thinning of engine oils and the lighter weight of current vehicles indicates the likelihood of increased contamination in your car’s fluids, meaning that more frequent checks of fluids and changing oil makes a lot of sense.
We Recommend Getting an Oil Change Every 5,000-7,000 KM
The bottom line is that oil changes are recommended every 5,000 to 7,000 kilometres, or at least twice every year. Even if you use synthetic oil in your vehicle, it can still become contaminated and should be changed at the same recommended intervals.
Since our humid Toronto climate can make vehicle engines prone to having more condensation in them and a build-up of moisture, engine oil can easily become contaminated. Our freezing weather and frequently changing weather can also necessitate long periods to warm up your engine. This results in having increased carbon levels in your engine oil from raw fuel going into your engine.
Look Out for Service Specials at Your Dealership
One of the best ways to keep your car, van or truck maintenance expenses down is to keep an eye out for combined service specials that include oil change, tire rotation and general inspection of your vehicle. An added benefit of getting in the habit of getting regular oil changes is that a professional mechanic will inspect other systems and components of your vehicle and let you know if something needs to be repaired long before it becomes an expensive problem. This is a good way to guarantee that repairs and maintenance will only be done when they really need to be done.
If you prefer to change your vehicle oil yourself, make sure to check the type and weight of oil required in your owner’s manual. Depending on the climate where you live, 5W-30 oil is the recommended oil for Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with engines in the 3.7-, 4.7- or 5.7-litre versions.
At Ontario Chrysler we offer many different service specials and coupons for your Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Ram or other vehicle. Contact us today to book your next oil change!