Regular oil changes keep engines running smooth and help prevent issues down the road, and many drivers rely on oil changes with conventional motor oil to keep their vehicles in top shape.
Conventional motor oil is standard for many vehicles. Conventional oils are improved with chemical additives to help ensure they meet the requirements of vehicle manufacturers. This includes helping to keep internal engine surfaces clean, protecting against overheating, helping provide resistance to breakdowns, and providing the viscosity your vehicle needs (viscosity is the technical term for how thick and fluid the oil is).
Who should use conventional motor oils? Consult your owner’s manual for the answer. Conventional motor oil will meet the performance requirements of most vehicles. They can be found in a wide range of viscosity grades, and Jiffy Lube® Technicians are happy to explain which one is right for your vehicle. It’s good for drivers with routine driving habits, such as using their ride for light commutes and errands. Regular oil changes will help you rest assured you can get where you need to go.
How often should you change your motor oil? Some manufacturers recommend oil changes at specific intervals. Some vehicles are equipped with onboard monitoring systems that indicate on the dashboard when an oil change is necessary. Keep in mind that when manufacturers recommend a set mileage interval, like 5,000 miles, it’s based on the anticipated rigors of “normal driving.” If you drive in more severe conditions — temperature extremes, lots of stop and go — manufacturers generally recommend that you replace your oil more often. Jiffy Lube® Technicians can advise you on the right oil change interval for your vehicle based on the way you drive.
When you should consider synthetic motor oil. While conventional oils are fine for many vehicles, more and more manufacturers are requiring the use of synthetic motor oils. Always use synthetic motor oil if your vehicle requires it. Even if your vehicle doesn’t require synthetic or synthetic blend motor oil (a mixture of conventional and synthetic motor oils), keep in mind that both generally provide better protection under extreme conditions than conventional oils can. If you want to keep your vehicle in top condition, consider upgrading to synthetic motor oil.