5,000 to 7,500 Mile Oil Changes~ Boloney!!!

Car Salesman says …. “You know, when it comes to maintenance you don’t have to worry about anything for the first 100,000 miles but change the oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles.” NOT!!!!

That’s the spill I got when I bought my new vehicle a few years ago. Unfortunately, in my opinion it’s just not true if you live in Houston.

If you look in your owner’s manual there are two maintenance schedules, one for “Normal Driving Conditions” (which is your 5,000 to 7,500 mile oil changes) and one for “Severe Driving Conditions”.

If you start your car get it up on the freeway immediately, reach your destination where you shut it off and then repeat; then you fall into the normal maintenance schedule. Oh, I almost forgot it has to be about 75 degrees outside and the air has to be clean with very few pollutants, dust, dirt or sand. Sounds like San Diego to me, not Houston.

We drive in realistic conditions, short trips, stop and go driving, not very clean air, temperatures way above and way below 75 degrees. These conditions are defined as “Severe Driving Conditions” which drop the maintenance interval mileage dramatically for your vehicle. I think the real reason for the different maintenance schedules is to give the appearance of having lower ownership costs.

Don’t forget, changing your oil is about replacing the oil before it breaks down. Engine oil carries metal that has worn away, dirt and moisture from the air and combustion gasses that get past the piston rings and sludge from chemical processes. These materials increase friction on metal parts and seals and causes seals and gaskets to harden. The oil will start to break down and lose its lubricating capability. This is when the problems start.

Which would you rather do;

  • Engine repair = $4,000
  • Oil change cost = $30
  • Oil change cost if you keep your vehicle for 150,000 miles = $1,500.

So, which would you rather do?

Extend your oil changes and let the old contaminated oil damage expensive moving parts in your engine to where you will have to drop $4,000 to repair, or investing $1,500 over 10 years to keep your vehicle purring like a kitten.

I recommend oil changes every 3000 miles not because I want to sell more oil changes, in fact oil changes are not big money makers, but because everyday I see the difference in vehicles that have been serviced regularly and those that haven’t. Plugged oil passages or oil pump inlet screens, lifter or other engine noises, stuck piston rings, loss of oil pressure, premature engine wear or failure – all symptoms of extended oil changes.

It breaks my heart when I have to tell a single mother that her engine has been damaged because of lack of oil changes and I know she doesn’t have the money to repair it. I don’t like going through that, so I recommend oil changes every 3,000 miles so your car will last, and I don’t have to go through that.

Auto Repair and Extra Recommended Repairs

The truth about auto repair shops and recommending extra repairs.

You know the feeling, you go into the repair shop for an oil change and the service advisor calls you on the phone or up to the counter and tells you your vehicle needs $500.00 worth of repairs.

I know you’ve been through that, cause I’ve been through it too.

However, if you think about it this way it may make a little more sense to you.

What if you were about to go out of town and you take your car in for an oil change. The repair shop changes your oil and sends you on your way.

Half way between Houston and Dallas (you know the spot, 75 miles of nothing in either direction) your car starts to overheat, your instrument panel looks like a Christmas tree from all the warning lights that are on and then your car finally dies.

Your cell phone has no signal because you’re in the middle of nowhere and no one is stopping to help.

Three hours later a tow truck happens to drive by and stops. The tow truck driver opens your hood and says,”Hey, looky there your belt broke”. You think, “ Man, I just had it at the shop for an oil change, why didn’t they tell me about it?” And the driver answers, “Well, they probably didn’t give your car the adequate amount of time it deserves to check it and make sure everything else is OK.”

You see if your shop doesn’t check your car over or looks to see if anything needs immediate attention they are doing you a big disservice. If they would have given your car a good once over you would’ve avoided a big expense, wouldn’t of lost time on your trip and not had all that unneeded stress.

I believe that every car we work on should get our, almost famous too many to count point to make sure everything else is ok with your car safety inspection, for free. In other words we will take the time necessary to do the job and give your car a good once over to make sure everything is ok.

I want you to know what condition your vehicle is in regardless if you repair it with us or not.

You have the right to know what your driving on and what you are entrusting your family too.

Thank you for your time.

I’m Gerry with Auto World West Loop.

Car Maintenance Tips

Maintaining your vehicle is important for its optimal performance. If your vehicle is left unchecked and unmaintained, you can end up with a large repair bill or may even lead to the big expense of purchasing a new vehicle.
Your cars oil is an important component of your car. The oil needs to be changed at regular intervals to ensure that the engine remains in good shape. Oil changes should happen typically every 3 months or 3,000 miles.
Car tires also need to be checked. You should make sure that they are properly inflated on a monthly basis. Check the pressure rating that’s listed in the driver’s side doorjamb for the correct reading. Having the proper amount of air in your tires, as well as frequently having them rotated, will extend the life of the product.
Air filters also need to be changed at scheduled intervals. The cars engine will endure a great amount of stress and have reduced performance if it cannot properly breathe.
You can either refer to your owner’s manual to view all of the necessary maintenance items that need to be performed on your car, or stop by Auto World and we’ll be happy to consult with you on how to keep your vehicle properly maintained.