As engine technology advances, recommended oil change intervals have gotten longer. High quality oil in a well-engineered engine has led to extended intervals.
Here’s the problem: With longer oil change intervals, it’s extremely important for Kelowna drivers to follow them closely. Back in the day of 3 months or 5,000 kms, if you went an extra month or an extra thousand kms, your oil was still fresh enough that it didn’t have time to build up much sludge.
But if your recommended interval is 12,000 kms and you go over another thousand, you’re getting into heavy sludge territory.
Kelowna area motorists absolutely need to follow recommended intervals very closely. And don’t forget your severe service schedule. If you do a lot of stop and go driving, short trips around the Kelowna area, drive in dusty or polluted conditions, hot or cold weather, or haul heavy loads, you’re driving in severe service conditions. Is your driving closer to the regular schedule or the severe service schedule? It’s your call as to when to change your oil to protect your engine.
BONUS TIP: If your car came from the factory with synthetic oil, the recommended oil change interval is for synthetic oil. If you use conventional oil, you shouldn’t use the synthetic interval, you need to shorten it.
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