Car owners all have their own thought process on whether you should keep your cars until they die or if you should replace them every few years. Some car owners prefer to lease a car so they can always have a newer vehicle while others prefer to pay their car off and enjoy having no car payment. If you keep your cars as the mileage keeps getting higher you may have wondered if high mileage oil is worth the extra cost.
Recommended Oil for High Mileage Cars
All responsible drivers understand the importance of maintaining their car. One of the best things you can do for your car is to regularly change the oil in your car. When you take a vehicle with higher miles in for an oil change you may be asked if you would like high mileage engine oil used on your car. High mileage engine oils contain ingredients that make them more effective on cars that have older car engines. High mileage oils include antioxidants, seal conditioners to preserve oil from leakage, and cleansing detergents to help keep away sludge.
Does High Mileage Oil Stop Leaks?
A frequent problem with older cars is oil leaks. It can be embarrassing if your car leaks oil everywhere you drive it. The seal conditioner that is added to high mileage oil is an effective way to stop oil leaks. Studies show that after two oil changes with high mileage oil your leaks can disappear entirely. If your car is not leaking oil anymore you will not go through as much oil in your either which can save you money.
Engine Sludge Remover
The older your car is the more likely sludge will develop in your engine. If your engine has sludge in it your car will not run properly. The cleansing detergents added to high mileage oil can cleanse out the sludge inside your engine so that your car will run like it should.
How Often to Change High Mileage Oil
When should you start using high mileage oil? Experts recommend considering the switch if your vehicle has 75,000 miles or more on it. If your car has less than 75,000 miles but your engine is losing its power than you may want to consider switching as well. The automotive world will debate how often you should change your oil. Many of the oil change companies out there will recommend that you get your car changed every 3,000 miles. Most car owner’s manual actually recommend that you change the oil every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. So what should you do? It is recommended that you consider your driving patterns when deciding how often you should have your oil changed. If you drive your car more than 20 miles a day on a daily basis you can probably go longer in between your oil changes. If you drive your car less than 10 miles a day or you do not drive your car frequently it is recommended that you have your oil changed more often.
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