If you fall into the category of drivers who allow a windshield reminder sticker to dictate when they get an oil change, current expertise recommends you drop that habit. Conversely, it is advised you heed the automobile maker's advised service intervals. For those driving modern cars, it is advised that you rely upon the car's oil life monitoring system to alert you when it is time for a change.

Recently, manufacturers have been installing oil life monitors, which are based on mileage and alert the driver via a maintenance light when the vehicle reaches that predetermined mileage range. In more advanced versions, the monitors are continuously tracking information via sensors located throughout the car and then utilize an algorithm to predict your oil life. Depending on your driving conditions and behaviors, the frequency of your car's lubricant can vary daily. All guesswork is eliminated about when your next tune up is and you are free to just drive until the maintenance light alerts you. It is essential to remember that these systems are created to work with the factory-recommended brands. As high-tech as they may seem, they are not advanced enough to distinguish if you decide to upgrade to a higher brand. So, it actually pays to save your money and rely on the factory fill.

Every mechanic and dealership service crew may seem to have their own rationales for their recommendations. The most reliable way to determine the life of your vehicle is to obtain an oil analysis. This will spell out the conditions of your fluids, as well as unveil any issues your engine may be having. Once your results come back from the lab, you will receive recommendations on just how far you can go between service appointments.

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78-87 New El Camino Malibu Caballero Front Bumper Fillers Set Of 2 Polyurethane
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Stull Billet Grille Insert 78-87 El Camino - Brand New Nos - 20 Years Old
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78-87 El Camino Sprint Cabellero Stainless Fuel Gas Tank Sending Unit
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1978-87 Chevrolet El Camino Malibu Gmc Caballero Front Bumper Fillers
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78-87 El Camino 78-83 Malibu Front Bumper Triple Chrome Plated New Goodmark
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78-87 El Camino Caballero Oe Style Rounded Chrome Bead Window Sweeps Set Of 4
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78-87 Chevrolet El Camino Gray Rear Plastic Lower Cab Corner Panels Lh Rh Inside
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78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 El Camino Gas Fuel Tank Sending Unit 17 Gallon New
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78-87 El Camino Body Side Molding Set 6 Pc New 58.0807
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78-87 New El Camino Malibu Caballero Front Spoiler Air Dam Polyurethane
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Headliner For 78-87 Chevrolet Gmc Truck 2dr El Camino Very Dark Blue
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Door Hinge Repair Kit 20 Pc New 78- 87 El Camino Monte Carlo Ag Body Cps1195.2
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78-87 El Camino Mailibu 2 Door Window Sweeps Seals Outer New 58.2015
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The Best Fender Trim For Chevy El Camino 78-87 Stainless Steel High Polish Set4
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Exterior Door Handle For 78-87 Chevrolet El Camino 78-88 Monte Carlo Set Of 2 Rh
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Companies are now making extended-life oils available, guaranteed to last until the mileage notated on the bottles, with some as high as 15,000 miles. However, it should be noted that these are recommended for automobiles that are beyond their warranty limits. In fact, most manufacturers will deem your warranty void if you fail to adhere to their recommended service schedules.

There is no absolute answer to the question of how often a driver should obtain an oil change. Although the average suggestion is every three to five thousand miles, there are many factors that can affect that estimate. If you happen to schedule your maintenance too early, you are only aiding in the health of your engine. The older the lubrication is, the harder your engine has to work to perform properly. Thus, your car burns more fuel. So, going in early only equates to you saving on gas mileage.

Purchasing a vehicle can be intimidating, especially if you've never bought one before. There are several steps you can take to prepare yourself and your bank account for this large purchase. Doing your homework now can prevent future headaches.