No matter how complex our cars become, they still need regular service to keep them running safely and efficiently, and at full power. That means carefully monitoring motor oil and other fluids, and items such as hoses, filters and tires.
Is your car maintenance schedule manual or automatic?
When it comes to scheduling car maintenance service appointments, the first and most important rule is to reference your owner’s manual. While your vehicle is under warranty, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for which services to perform and when, and follow the car maintenance schedule for the kind of driving you do. For example, let’s say that under “normal” driving conditions, your manual specifies that at every six months or 6,000 miles (whichever comes first), you must change the engine oil and oil filter, and rotate the tires.
Many new vehicles can automatically alert you via the car’s various displays – or even through your smartphone – when it’s time for your next service. Less advanced systems are based on mileage milestones, while more complex versions rely on numerous sensors that monitor what’s going on throughout your car.
Regardless of whether you’re following the manual or waiting for your car to say something, it’s especially important to abide by the manufacturer’s guidelines if your vehicle is under a new-car warranty.
Changing old myths about when to change your oil
Motor oils have come a long way. Full synthetics share the auto parts-store shelves with synthetic blend and conventional oils, and there are more viscosities than you can shake a dipstick at. And even though the overriding principles remain the same, the technology behind engine performance and management has come a long way as well.
As lubricants and vehicles have evolved, so too has the wisdom around oil change intervals. Long gone is the recommendation to change your oil every 3,000 miles. In looking at the current model year, most automakers who suggest changing oil at specific intervals specify oil changes at 7,500 or 10,000 miles. The shortest oil change interval is 5,000 miles, and the longest is 15,000 miles.
When it comes to scheduling your oil changes, the first and most important rule is to reference your owner’s manual. Stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations for which oil viscosity to use and make sure the oil meets other manufacturer requirements, such as whether your car requires synthetic oils, and then change it according to the recommended maintenance schedule – especially those vehicles under warranty.
General services can avoid major repairs
Was your father or grandfather one of those vigilant motorists who had far too many opinions about auto service? He probably checked the engine oil every time he filled up the gas tank. And he might have championed the bygone wisdom of changing the oil every 3,000 miles – no exceptions!
Well, cars and their maintenance requirements are a lot different now, but there are still some basic assessments you can make that are universal to just about every car, and that could help you prevent costly and time-consuming repairs down the road. As a suggestion, your regular oil change interval is a good time to give your car some additional attention:
- Check all fluid levels (engine oil, transmission, coolant, brakes, differential, windshield washer) and top off as needed with the correct fluids – and look for evidence of leaks
- Check tire condition and air pressures – uneven wear could indicate wheel misalignment
- Check the battery for corrosion and loose cables
- Check all lights for proper operation
- Check wiper condition and operation
- Check the condition of belts and hoses
- Check the engine air filter
- Check the fuel lines and filter (if visible/accessible)
- Check the cabin air filter
- Inspect the brakes (pads and rotors, shoes and drums, brake lines)
- Inspect suspension and steering components
- Inspect the chassis and lubricate as needed
- Inspect ignition components (wires, plugs, coil packs, etc.)
- Check the exhaust for holes and, leaks, and loose hangers
Long live your engine!
All Mobil™ motor oils are formulated
to meet or exceed vehicle manufacturer requirements. Regardless of whether you choose a Mobil
1™ or a Mobil Super™ oil that matches the type and viscosity your car calls for, you can use it without affecting your warranty in any way.
When you fill your engine with the Mobil 1™ motor oil that meets your vehicle’s OEM requirements , you can be confident to go the full mileage or time frame recommended by the manufacturer. The Mobil Super™ family of synthetic blend oils provides excellent protection, with guarantees from 5,000 miles, and up to 7,500 miles for Mobil Super™ Synthetic oil. For superior protection and performance, the Mobil 1 lineup has motor oils offering guarantees for 10,000, 15,000 and up to 20,000* miles between oil changes.
To find out more, check out our limited warranties.
No matter which of our motors oils you select, you’ll know you’re getting unsurpassed wear protection that’s helping extend your engine’s life.
*Or one year, whichever comes first.