What Factors Can Impact My Suggested Oil Change Interval

Cars are becoming more and more efficient, but the type of driving, weather conditions and specific engine type can all have an effect on your suggested oil change intervals. If you’re wondering whether you can stretch your oil changes out a bit, or whether you need to have it changed more frequently, check out these factors and use them to determine your unique oil change schedule.  

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Driving to Extend the Life of Your Engine Oil

Type of Oil: There are two types of engine oil: conventional and synthetic. Synthetic oil performs well in colder temperatures and will keep its viscosity for a longer time. However, conventional engine oil tends to be less expensive per change, even if needs to be changed more frequently.  
Driving Conditions: Extreme temperatures either hot or cold will cause engine oil to wear out more quickly. Short trips in extremely cold temperatures are also tough on your engine, as there is no time for the oil and engine to warm up properly.  
Engine Type: Diesel or turbocharged engines each have their own specifications for the frequency of oil changes. Diesel engines tend to dirty oil more quickly, thus requiring more frequent oil changes. If you have questions regarding your specific vehicle’s suggested intervals, check the owner’s manual.  

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Oil and Filter Change Lexington MA

Should you have any questions about your vehicle’s specific needs, feel free to come and see the experts at Lexington Toyota. Our professional service team is here to perform any maintenance or repairs your vehicle needs, so schedule your appointment online or over the phone today!

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