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Decoding Common Oil Change Assumptions

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Vehicle maintenance plays a crucial role in ensuring your vehicles are at their best for a long time. An oil change is one of the most vital maintenance practices for your vehicles' well-being and is usually an easy and painless process that Wilmar maintenance experts can do for you. You might be tempted not to replace your vehicle's oil until there is a visible problem.

When taking care of your fleet, good, clean oil will extend the life of your car's engine and improve its performance. But more often than not, the fluid breaks down, and it fails to optimally function as required, therefore needing change.

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However, there are many myths about oil changes that are not entirely true. Some repair facilities and people are still in old school thoughts about oil change. They will try to brainwash you about it with some ridiculous claims. That's why we are here to help you decode the common oil change assumptions that are no longer effective.

3000-Mile Myth

Some people still think they need to change their oil every 3000 miles. However, that is no longer the case. With more technological advancements in today's engines and improvements in oil quality, there is no need for you to change your oil after 3000 miles. Car engines have a higher tolerance rate, and with some oil types, your vehicles will work perfectly for over 7500 miles. As oils have more additives that make them last longer, it can take up to 10000 miles before you are required to change your vehicle's oil.

According to the Zebra statistics, an average driver covers approximately 18000 miles per year, which means your vehicles will require only two oil changes. However, you should check with your car's manufacturer to know the perfect type of oil for your fleet and how often you should change it.

3 Main Motor Oil Types

Even though all motor oil serves the same purpose, there are three main types of lubricant you can use in your vehicles. These include conventional, synthetic blend, and fully synthetic. However, there is a presumed fourth type of oil called high mileage, which is a fully synthetic oil used by manufacturers to trick unsuspecting consumers.

Conventional oil is the most traditional type that offers basic protection for your vehicle's engine. On the contrary, a synthetic blend is a combination of synthetic and conventional oils to become more effective at a much lower cost than the synthetic one. Lastly, synthetic oil is more consistent and has high performance, hence, requiring much fewer oil changes. Even though it is the most expensive, you could end up saving more as a single change can last for thousands of miles.

Should You Choose Synthetic Oil?

Another myth is that synthetic oil is very expensive compared to the other types, leading to more expenses. However, that is not the case. On average, you will need a change interval of 3000 miles when using conventional oil and 7500 miles when using semi-synthetic oil. On the other hand, synthetic oil can last you for between 10000 and 20000 miles before another change. 

According to the AAA research analysis, synthetic oil is a better choice when compared to conventional oil. Not only does it outperform it, but it also offers extensive engine protection for only $5 monthly. This is the average cost based on its long-lasting properties. Therefore, it is worth spending a little bit more to enjoy the long-term benefits because, eventually, synthetic oil will cost you much less.

Synthetic Oil is a Must

People also assume that when you start using synthetic oil, you cannot use any other type of oil. However, synthetic oil is highly recommended for high-performance vehicles and those with powerful supercharged engines. More new cars have been developed to use synthetic oil. With more fleet companies using newer vehicles, you could already be using synthetic oil and, if not, try it out. It will improve fuel efficiency and ensure your engines maintain a high-performance rate.

Furthermore, you're allowed to switch between different types of oils to find the one that best suits your company's needs. Wilmar, Inc. can help you find the right oil for your fleet, because it is more effective when you stick to one type of oil.

How to Get Oil Changes Done Correctly

An oil change is a fundamental part of your vehicle's preventive maintenance practices. Given how significant an oil change is to your fleet, how can you ensure your drivers change your vehicle's oil as required? Even though your fleet management company might have some maintenance schedule, adhering to it is the most challenging part.

Notwithstanding, Wilmar, Inc. is here to help you customize and effectively perform preventive maintenance practices for your company vehicles. To learn more about our services and how we can assist you, get in touch with our experts today.

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