Learn How Often To Have Your Motor Oil and Filter Replaced
Mercedes-Benz of Draper employs some of the best service experts in the area, and over the years thousands of customers have trusted their knowledge, skills (and competitive rates) for their auto servicing needs.
Let us walk you through everything you need to know about the oil replacement process and see why Mercedes-Benz of Draper should be YOUR vehicle servicing headquarters.
NOTE: Our technicians’ expertise extends beyond Mercedes vehicles. Therefore, we’ve created this series to highlight tips that don’t necessarily apply to Mercedes vehicles, as we strive to assist ALL drivers.
WHAT EXACTLY GOES INTO REPLACING YOUR MOTOR OIL
Getting your vehicle’s motor oil and filter replaced requires ramps or a jack and jackstands, a box-end wrench and something to catch and contain the oil. An oil and filter change involves draining out the old motor oil and replacing it with fresh, new motor oil. The oil filter also gets replaced at the same time.
WHEN YOU SHOULD GET YOUR MOTOR OIL REPLACED
Replacing your vehicle’s motor oil is one of the most important things you can do to avoid bringing large bags of money to your mechanic later on.
However, there’s a lot of controversy about exactly when engine oil gets old and how often it should be replaced with new oil. Because there are many factors at work–how you drive, the condition and age of the engine, the external environment you drive in, and stop-and-go versus highway driving–it’s an inexact science. Owner’s manual recommendations for oil and filter changes vary from 3,000 to 10,000 miles.
We recommend that you get your oil and filter changed every 5,000 miles. That’s our best estimate. It may be too soon for many people and too late for a few, but for the vast majority, 5,000-mile oil changes will help your engine last to a ripe, old age.
You may want to consider having your oil replaced more frequently if:
- You drive recklessly: jackrabbit starts, heavy acceleration or high-speed driving
- You live where the climate is extremely hot or cold
- You often drive on dirt roads
- Your engine is old and burns oil
- You frequently carry heavy loads