Should I Change My Oil if I Don't Drive That Often?

You may think that if you just don't drive that many miles each month, you can safely put off getting an oil change until your mileage matches the manufacturer's recommendation. While you'd undoubtedly save money in the short term with this method, it actually may cost you much more in the long run.

The introduction of synthetic oil has allowed drivers to delay oil changes much longer than previously possible. While some cars can go 7,000 or even 10,000 miles between changes, you'll also notice there's a suggested time frame as well. This is because your oil can begin to degrade with the addition of water vapor into the system. If you're not driving much, you won't produce the engine heat to burn it off, and water vapor in your engine will begin the process of corrosion. Change your oil every six months or so to keep your engine in optimal condition.

We'll keep you up to date on your oil changes at Bill George's Olathe Kia.



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